In 2016, the Indianapolis Colts' defense recorded a total of just eight interceptions. That tied for second-to-last in the NFL. But after new general manager Chris Ballard upgraded the secondary with young ball hawks Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson, the Colts' defense will have a new look in 2017. Today, let's discuss the positional units that saw a major uptick in talent after the additions of some promising rookies.
Ballard has a background in scouting defensive backs, so it wasn't surprising to see Indianapolis dip into the secondary during the draft, with a focus on ball skills and the ability to create turnovers. That's what I see with both Hooker and Wilson, two major upgrades for a defense that gave up an average of 262.5 yards passing per game last season (27th in the NFL).
Hooker has natural range in the middle of the field -- stuff you simply can't teach. The Ohio State product can get to the bottom of the numbers from the opposite hash, and he's going to finish plays. Hooker had seven interceptions last season, and he took three of them back to house. The rookie will be an instant upgrade in the deep middle of the field for Indy.