The AFC South will be a tight race again between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. For the Colts to secure a division championship, though, they’ll need to improve their roster for the 2021 season. The front office has already been busy, trading with the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Carson Wentz. There are a few holes on this roster, but Indianapolis has the finances and draft capital to fill the gaps.

Tight end is an interesting position for the Colts. Jack Doyle has proven to be a solid tight end, but he’s not as consistent in the passing game as he could be. Additionally, Mo Alie-Cox hits the free-agent market, and Trey Burton hasn’t developed as he should have. With plenty of talented tight ends available in free agency, look for the Colts to find an upgrade this offseason.

The defense is rather stout, as they finished with the second-best rush defense in the league. The passing defense was a bit mediocre, but that could be improved with a better pass rush. The draft is chock full of talented pass rushers, but for the Colts to improve, they’ll need a starter to produce immediately. It’s possible Indianapolis targets an elite pass rusher in free agency this year.

With Anthony Castonzo likely leaving, the Colts will need to fill his shoes. The front office is likely to search for his replacement in the draft, as finding protection for Carson Wentz is high on the priority list. With the 21st pick in the draft, they won’t be drafting Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater unless there’s a trade up, however, there are still plenty of solid prospects for the offensive line the Colts could take.

It’s still unclear whether T.Y. Hilton leaves or remains on the roster. Either way, finding a young receiver should be considered a need for this offense. Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell are two young prospects who should be getting more involved next season. Even so, this roster will be seeking some much-needed depth at the position. They could select a solid receiver in the NFL Draft.

Here are four bold Colts predictions for this offseason.

4. Draft Tylan Wallace

Whether T.Y Hilton leaves or not is yet to be determined. Either way, finding depth at the wide receiver position is a must for this franchise. Michael Pittman and Parris Campell look like solid prospects, but outside of that, the wide receiver group isn’t quite impressive in Indianapolis. Tylan Wallace out of Oklahoma State would be a great second-round selection for this franchise.

At 6-foot and 190 pounds, Wallace showed out during his senior year. He capped off his 2020 season with 59 receptions, 922 yards, and six touchdowns. Had he played a full season, Wallace would have had well over 1,000 receiving yards. His sophomore season was the best year of his collegiate career, but his numbers during his final season were almost on par with his 2018 season. Wallace might need some time to develop in the league, which would be perfect for the Colts. The best-case scenario would be to re-sign Hilton and let him play until Wallace is ready for more playing time.

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3. Draft Alijah Vera-Tucker

Anthony Castonzo is likely out the door, so the front office will be searching for his replacement. After using free agency to beef up the roster, the Colts will be using the draft to fulfill the team’s needs. With the 21st pick overall, the Colts should highly consider drafting Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round.

The USC big-man has been a dominant force in the Pac-12. At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, Vera-Tucker has the size and athleticism to be a great left tackle in the NFL. He’d be joining what is arguably the best offensive line in the league and playing alongside Quenton Nelson on the left side. The idea of him blocking and opening run lanes for Jonathan Taylor should excite any Colts fan.

2. Sign Yannick Ngakoue

It was a strange year for Yannick Ngakoue, as he started the season with the Minnesota Vikings and was then traded to the Baltimore Ravens. This was all after his drama-filled offseason in 2020, where he demanded a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. By the end of the year, Ngakoue struggled at times, but still produced in the backfield, as he finished with 23 total tackles, 8.0 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

It was Ngakoue’s worst year so far in his career. He did jump around to three different teams, which likely stunted his production. He’s still an elite pass rusher who is capable of getting to the quarterback, and with Justin Houston entering free agency, Ngakoue becomes a solid replacement. He’s younger, more athletic, and would probably love the idea of facing the Jacksonville Jaguars twice a year.

1. Sign Hunter Henry

The Los Angeles Chargers opted to not offer Hunter Henry the franchise tag. For this reason, Henry enters free agency as the top available tight end. It’s still possible he re-signs with the Chargers, but the Colts make a strong case for him to sign with them instead. Henry finished the 2020 season with 60 receptions, 613 yards, and four touchdowns.

Wentz has a knack to throw to the tight end position. We saw that during his time in Philadelphia, where he fed the ball to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert consistently. Henry could step in and play that type of role for this offense. He’s athletic, a great blocker, and a fantastic receiver. He’d open up the offense and is a mismatch against opposing defenses. This is the type of signing that would potentially put the Colts’ offense over the top.