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Thursday, February 6, 2014
A scout's take on the Colts

By Mike Wells

With the NFL combine just weeks away and free agency starting shortly after, I caught up with NFL Insider Matt Williamson, a former Browns scout, this week to talk about the areas the Indianapolis Colts need to address.

Talking to somebody not affiliated with the Colts helps put things into better perspective.

You wouldn’t have thought the Colts finished with an 11-5 record and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs based off the areas Williamson believes Indianapolis needs to upgrade.

“I think they have plenty to be honest with you,” he said. “I know [general manager] Ryan Grigson is highly regarded and he’s turned this team around and all those great things, but I have not been impressed at all with what he’s done in free agency. They had all that money last year, but I don’t know if they spent it wisely. They still have tons of needs. He took over a roster that was dreadful but they didn’t get any real answers other than [offensive tackle] Gosder Cherilus.”

Williamson on offense
“I think the interior of that offensive line needs a lot of work.  I’m not so sure receiver isn’t a need. Running back, do you count on [Trent] Richardson? Do you re-sign [Donald] Brown? I think Brown is going to demand a little bit of money at least. I’m sure they had zero intention of re-signing him when they traded for Richardson. At least they get [Vick] Ballard back.”

So basically Williamson is saying the Colts need help everywhere except quarterback, tight end and offensive tackle.

Williamson on the defense
“The defense is going to be worse. I look at the defense now and think they need everything. There’s not one spot that’s a total mess, but there’s not one spot that they’re really set at either outside of [linebackers] Robert Mathis and Jerrell Freeman. I like Vontae Davis a lot. He’s going to be expense to bring back. They want to play a lot of man coverage. So you need him. He hasn’t been a superstar, but he’s been good enough.

Antoine Bethea is up for free agency. He’s a quality player. He leaves and leaves a big hole.”