JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Indianapolis Colts came in at No. 20 in ESPN's Future Power Rankings, which was a bit of a surprise considering the team has the best young quarterback in the game and an offense that has the potential to put up a lot of points.
But that doesn't mean the Colts, who have made the playoffs in Andrew Luck's first two seasons, are a team that will be in the bottom third of the league in 2016 and beyond. On the contrary, ESPN Insider Field Yates lists the Colts as one of three teams currently ranked in the bottom half of the Future Power Rankings that are primed to achieve sustained success.
Yates points out some of the questionable moves made by GM Ryan Grigson, including the trade for Trent Richardson, as the main reason for a lower ranking. But having Luck and playing in the AFC South are the two main reasons the Colts are going to be a consistent winner.
Among Yates' thoughts:
"... The QB masks so many roster wards with his uncanny abilities in all phases. Postseason success will vault Luck further into the discussion of the NFL's very best, but he's already nipping on the heels of the elite.
"... The second factor, and this is subject to change in the near future, is that Colts play in what is currently the weakest division in the NFL. There's not a proven starting quarterback in the division outside of Luck (excluding his teammate, Matt Hasselbeck), giving Indianapolis another massive leg up on the competition for the near future."