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The Colts will eventually have a good problem with their depth at cornerback

Mike Wells: This is an excellent problem for the Colts to have because they spent the past few years looking for a cornerback to play opposite of Vontae Davis. It’s a problem they haven’t had in a long time. The Colts tried to have Greg Toler start alongside of Davis for three years, but he couldn’t stay healthy. Patrick Robinson didn’t have an impact for the Colts last season, his only one in Indianapolis.

Quincy Wilson has the better upside because he’s a 21-year-old rookie that will likely eventually become one of the full-time starters. A key for Wilson, the team's second-round pick, at this point is to get healthy because he’s about to miss his second straight game with a knee injury.

But what can’t go unnoticed is that Rashaan Melvin has been the Colts’ best cornerback so far this season. He’s tied with rookie Malik Hooker for the team lead in interceptions with two each. Both of those interceptions came against Cleveland in Week 3.

“He stepped up big time,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “He played well a year ago for us. You can just see this kid growing and gaining confidence with every snap and every game. Not only the two interceptions stand out, but it was consistent.”

Davis is making his season debut on Sunday at Seattle after being out since the third preseason game with a hamstring injury.

This will likely be a situation where Wilson -- once healthy -- will have to beat Melvin for the job because the veteran has done nothing to show he doesn’t deserve to keep it. Quarterbacks have a 46.2 passer rating when throwing in Melvin’s direction, according to Pro Football Focus.

Sliding Wilson to the slot likely won’t happen because that’s a position that fellow rookie Nate Hairston has earned and done a pretty good job at so far this season.

Melvin and Davis will both be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. There may be only a certain sticker price that the Colts will pay to keep both or they decide to sign only one of the two.

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