And Grigson will set about finding a second pass-rushing threat, improving the run defense and upgrading the interior of the offensive line with just four draft picks. With Wayne coming back from a serious knee injury at age 35, the Colts also could look to add a wide receiver to groom beside Hilton.
Many of the same needs existed a year ago, and Grigson must do a better job of filling them if Indianapolis is to reach the next level.
That being said, however, there is no doubt this franchise is headed in the right direction. The Colts have proven they can play with the league’s elite competition, and the offense should only improve in its second season under coordinator Pep Hamilton and with the healthy return of so many key pieces.
The reasons for optimism really begin with Luck. His seven playoff interceptions should not override guiding the offense to a regular-season low 14 turnovers.
Like the team around him, the 24-year-old quarterback has plenty of room for improvement. But his 67-point postseason performance proves he’s ready to make the leap to the next level.
With a solid offseason of growth, the Colts could rise right along with him.