In a shocking move on Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts created a position of need for this offseason.
It also creates a hole in the starting roster in the secondary.
Through free agency, or the draft, the Colts need to address the position, and here are three options for a replacement.
1. Logan Ryan-Tennessee Titans
Logan Ryan came to national fame during the playoffs when his pick-six of Tom Brady sealed the No. 6 seed Titans’ victory over the New England Patriots.
People may forget that he was a two-time Super Bowl champion for his time with the Patriots.
He was an instrumental part of the Titans defense that featured a career season.
In 2019, Ryan finished with the most tackles (113), assisted tackles (40), sacks (4.5), passes defended (18), and forced fumbles (4).
Since 2013, Ryan has recorded 17 interceptions.
Most Passes Defended since 2017
Darius Slay – 56
Kyle Fuller – 55
Stephon Gilmore – 49
Marshon Lattimore – 44
Tre’Davious White – 43
Marlon Humphrey – 40
Janoris Jenkins – 40
Casey Hayward – 38
James Bradberry – 37
Kareem Jackson – 37
Bradley Roby – 37
Logan Ryan – 37
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) February 17, 2020
The price range for Ryan is likely around $10 million according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Touched base with someone close to #Titans free agent CB Logan Ryan, one of the top players available. The versatile DB is open to entertaining all offers and will consider a short term deal. I’m told he won’t take less than $10M per year he earned last year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020
With the money saved by the Colts, the team could make an upgrade with a free agent splash.
2. Trevon Diggs (Alabama)
Trevon Diggs bounced back from a tragic 2018 where he suffered a broken foot.
He finished with 20 tackles, six passes defended, an interception, and a forced fumble.
In 2019, he took it to new heights with 37 tackles, eight passes defended, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.
Via the TheDraftNetwork.com, some of his pros include zone coverage and his ability to cover space and how to layer zones.
He has strength, range, size, and length.
Some of his cons include his tackling ability, ball skills, and his ability to cover defenders in man coverage.
WR/CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama, 6’ 2”, 205 lbs). A WR turned CB, he’s got the size & skills to be a good NFL corner. Stats: (30 games) 43 Solo Tackles, 25 Asst Tackles, 68 Combined Tackles, 0.5 TFL, 4 INT, 1 TD, 17 PD, 2 FR, 1 TD & 2 FF. #TrevonDiggs #4EDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/rfUheGao3u
— 49er_Edits (@49er_edits) February 12, 2020
3. Kristian Fulton (LSU)
Kristian Fulton’s career got off to a rocky start.
In 2017, he was suspended for the season for violating a drug test for performance-enhancing drugs.
As a junior, he appeared in just seven games and finished with 16 tackles and six passes defended.
This past season, Fulton was a second-team All-SEC selection with 38 tackles, 14 passes defended, and an interception.
LSU CB Kristian Fulton (@Kriss1_) Highlights
This video took a while to make because QBs just don’t target Fulton. It’s a testament to the kind of player he is. The stats don’t tell the whole story, but the film does 🔒⬇️ #GeauxTigers
— JustBombsProductions (@JBP_Official) December 18, 2019
Via TheDraftNetwork.com, he possesses a lot of pros.
- Ability to play man to man coverage
- Great instincts
- Strong, physical, and competitive
Some of his cons included
- The ability to play in man and zone coverage
- One season to prove himself
- He was considered a disciplinary problem at one point.