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The Colts squeaked out an ugly win in a game they absolutely had to have at home against the New York Giants. It was not a pretty effort Womens Peyton Manning Jersey , with both the offense and defense starting very flat before…”This game was a tale of two halves for Luck. He made one of the most mind-boggling interception throws I’ve seen him make in the first half. It didn’t take a schooled analyst to see him let the ball go and feel like it was a bad move. When it sailed deep and in bounds, my first thought was that maybe someone had sneaked open and I missed it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Luck said after the game that it had simply been a bad throw which he had been attempting to throw away. Had the game ended there, it would have been a truly depressing showing.Fortunately, Andrew Luck came out in the second half and did what he is so often able to do. He shook off a bad half of play, pumped up his team with a halftime speech, and came out guns blazing. The result was that he finished 31 of 47 for 357 yards and 2 TDs with just that first interception working against him. It is remarkable how Luck is able to simply shrug off his struggles and move forward, but he consistently does so, and it is what makes this team impossible to count out. Even when they get a bad half of football from Luck, you simply cannot help but think that he has what it takes to bring his team right back. LosersMatt Eberflus (the whole defense really)Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesOne week after his defense pitched a shutout and had his name buzzing as a possible head coach, Eberflus’ defense came out looking unprepared and overmatched by a Giants team that abused them at the seams. Despite Eli Manning having had a season where his age has begun to show, it was clear that the Colts were facing a veteran quarterback.Eberflus started the season rushing four and relying on them to get home without doing much in the way of blitzing. They have been blitzing more over the last several games and finding success that way, but that was not the case Sunday. Manning seemed to be well prepared for the blitz, the protection held up well, and the Giants abused the Colts in the seams Womens Malik Hooker Jersey , dumping he ball to Sterling Shephard and Evan Engram who chewed up big yards after the catch. If the defense went into the day with the goal of stopping Saquon Barkley, they did so. The problem was that they failed to limit Engram or Shephard, and both provided more than 100 yards from scrimmage apiece. The defense struggled to get off the field, and greatly missed Clayton Geathers and Anthony Walker.It seemed very much like this defense overlooked the Giants and already had their eyes on the Titans. Eberflus can’t let that effort stand, and I don’t think it is likely that he will tolerate it. Offensive lineThis was one of the poorer performances by the offensive line in recent memory, although the stat line won’t necessarily validate that.Luck was sacked just once, and was hit just 7 times in the game. The reality however, was that this team let pressure dictate the flow of the offense for much of the game, and was unable to get consistent running lanes, with Marlon Mack rushing for just 34 yards. While Ryan Kelly exited the game with a neck injury, that was not the primary reason for their struggles, as the unit was having a hard time across the board from early on. They were saved from an absolutely devastating strip sack that Anthony Castonzo gave up only because T.Y. Hilton was held down the field. This season the offensive line has been making largely a positive impact on the outcome of games. This one was not so great. Let’s hope this was more of an anomaly and that the unit will snap back next week. Do the Colts need to draft a cornerback early in the NFL Draft? Are they necessarily set at the position? Are they set, but should they still draft a cornerback? Maybe they’re not set, but still…”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Indianapolis Colts Draft CentralDraft ProspectsThe Curious Case of the Colts’ Cornerback PositionNew,22commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareThe Curious Case of the Colts’ Cornerback PositionThomas B. Shea-USA TODAY SportsDo the Colts need to draft a cornerback early in the NFL Draft? Are they necessarily set at the position? Are they set Andrew Luck Jersey White , but should they still draft a cornerback? Maybe they’re not set, but still shouldn’t draft a cornerback early considering the other needs. The cornerback position is a confusing one for the Colts right now.There are three questions that need to be answered, and those answers should help us with the questions listed above. Those three questions are:Do the Colts feel comfortable with Pierre Desir as a #1 cornerback moving forward?Is Quincy Wilson going to be a legitimate #2 cornerback in 2019-2020?Do the Colts have enough depth at the position?Is Pierre Desir the #1 cornerback of the future?When the Colts signed Pierre Desir in the offseason to a 3 year, 22.5M dollar deal, it might’ve seemed like they have locked up their #1 cornerback for the next three years. In reality, the Colts can save cap space if they decide to release him after this season. He essentially signed a one year deal with a 2nd and 3rd year team option. Desir had a fantastic 2018 season, and while he’s locked in as a starter and probable #1 cornerback for 2019, his future with the Colts is still up in the air. A bad season and he could be wearing different colours in 2020. Is Quincy Wilson going to be a legitimate #2 cornerback?This, to me, is the biggest question heading into the draft. The 22, to-be 23 year old is still in the baby steps of his career. While his career has been marred with inconsistency, he finished last season strong and ended the year as the 39th best cornerback in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. In the last 10 games of the season, quarterbacks targeting him had a 65.4 passer rating and when targeted 10 or more yards down the field, he allowed just a 9.3 passer rating. Is this just a good stretch of football or will his 3rd season in the NFL be marred by inconsistency again? The #2 cornerback position gets a lot of attention in the NFL and is often targeted by opposing offenses for match-up purposes. Due to his young age and his stellar play in the second half of last season Andrew Luck Jersey , the Colts should ride with him as a starting cornerback heading into the 2019 season, but he has yet to prove that he’s the longterm answer at cornerback. Do the Colts have enough depth at the position?If you consider the three starting cornerbacks to be Pierre Desir, Quincy Wilson and Kenny Moore (as the nickel), then that means that the following 4 players would be considered the current backups:Nate HairstonJalen CollinsChris MiltonDJ KillingsNone of those players screams confidence if they were thrust into a starting role. All 4 players are 26 years old or younger, so they lack NFL experience and none of their ceilings are very high. Considering those negatives, I would say the Colts need to bolster up their depth, considering depth is crucial at cornerback, perhaps more than any other position in the NFL. To recap, Pierre Desir is not locked in as a longterm starter, Quincy Wilson has a lot of question marks surrounding his play and his consistency and the depth is thin at cornerback. Based on the answers to those three questions, the Colts should strongly consider taking a cornerback (if the right situation arises in terms of the “Best Player Available” strategy that Ballard seems to follow) with one of their first 4 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.If the Colts were to follow the cornerback rankings in our Draft Guide, then the following 10 players would be worth a long look in the first few rounds:Amani Oruwariye — Penn StateGreedy Williams — LSUByron Murphy — WashingtonDeandre Baker — GeorgiaJustin Layne — Michigan StateRock Ya-Sin — TempleJoejuan Williams — VanderbiltJulian Love — StanfordMichael Jackson — MiamiDavid Long — West VirginiaMost fit the Colts’ defensive Cover 2-based scheme and could have immediate impacts in the short term and the long term. Don’t be surprised if the Colts take a cornerback with one of their first two picks.