By Jack Delaney on April 21, 2014
Although the Indianapolis Colts have found great success with Andrew Luck, the team still has a long way to go before it can play in the Super Bowl. Even though the Colts desperately tried to find protection for Luck in the 2013, the search will still continue in 2014. Don't be surprised if you hear the names of these dark horse candidates on draft day.
Trent Richardson did not cut it for the Colts in 2013, and fans are skeptical whether he can improve in 2014. Carlos Hyde would provide solid pass-protection for Luck, and his powerful running style should take the pressure off of the passing game.
Even though the Colts drafted center Khaled Holmes in 2013, the team still needs to find a solid starter. It may be a shock for some to see Marcus Martin drafted by Indianapolis, but he is the type of player who can help the organization reach a championship.
The Colts' defense put too much pressure on the offense at times in 2013, so a linebacker like Yawin Smallwood would help the defense keep the game under control. With 118 tackles, four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles in 2013, Smallwood could instantly help to stop the Colts from allowing an average of 125 rushing yards per game like it did last season.
Explosive and aggressive are two words that have been used to describe Travis Swanson, and that is exactly what the Colts need.
The Colts added Hakeem Nicks in the offseason, but Luck will need more weapons when Reggie Wayne retires. A trio of Nicks, T.Y. Hilton and Marqise Lee would be very hard to contain.
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