• Philip Rivers* (can still sling the ball - but showed no regard for ball security last season - threw 20 INTS, does not have a Keenan Allen type to throw to in IND - but will have a much better O-line, he's not the long-term answer but he is intriguing in the short-term)
  • Jacoby Brissett (decent across 15 starts last season - but did not do enough to establish himself as a franchise QB, he still possesses a degree of starting upside and at the very least should prove to be an excellent backup)
  • Jacob Eason* (rookie fourth-rounder, big-time recruit, could not beat out Fromm in UGA so he transferred to UW in 2019 and played quite well, possesses big-time arm strength and prototypical size, but lacks mobility and composure in the pocket, he's got a high ceiling but is a long ways from the top, for a team moving forward with a 38-year old starter - he is a worthwhile developmental project) 

Running Back

  • Marlon Mack (solid as the top back last season - 1,091 rushing yards, 4.4 ypc, and 8 TDs, does not much as a receiver)
  • Jonathan Taylor* (one of the most productive RBs in CFB history, had back to back 2,000-yard seasons at Wisconsin, he's got a 3-down build, 4.39 speed, and proven toughness/durability, he runs with explosion, physicality, breakaway speed, and patience, was not much of a pass catcher, fumbles and drops were consistent issues, he's too good not to ascend to RB1 status as a rookie) 
  • Nyheim Hines (poor productivity as a ball carrier - 3.7 ypc through 2 pro seasons, but he's the best pass-catching RB on the team - 63 receptions in 2020)
  • Jordan Wilkins (2018 fifth-rounder, owns an excellent 5.8 ypc on  111 career carries, solid depth, could have some trade value) 

Wide Receiver

  • TY Hilton (missed 6 games due to injury, yards per reception fell from 16.7 in 2018 to 11.1 in 2019, though poor QB play is at least partly to blame, will be 31 in November, a bounceback is likely with Rivers at the helm - but durability concerns will continue to linger)
  • Michael Pittman Jr* (rookie second-rounder, had a breakout senior year at USC - 101 catches for 1,275 yards, and 11 TDs in 13 games, excellent size/length, lacks high-end speed but makes up for it with elite ball skills and physicality, mature route-runner, high effort blocker, he's capable of becoming a productive starter as a rookie)
  • Zach Pascal (started 13 games, caught 57% of his targets, finished the year with 41 catches for 607 yards, and 5 TDs, week to week production was inconsistent)
  • Parris Campbell (2019 second-rounder, appeared in only 7 games as a rookie due to injury, finished the year with 18 catches for 127 yards and 1 TD, he's got legit talent and explosive speed - so a year two jump is possible) 
  • Dezmon Patmon* (rookie sixth-rounder, moderate production at WSU - caught 58 passes for 762 yards and 8 TDs in 2019, he offers great length and ran a 4.48 40, but lacks on the field assertiveness, drops were also an issue, he's a developmental player)  

Tight End / Fullback

  • Jack Doyle (production was decent in 2019 - 43 catches for 448 yards and 4 TDs, but only reeled in 60% of his targets, he's a solid/unspectacular starting TE, numbers should see a bump with Rivers in town) 
  • Trey Burton* (injuries destroyed his 2019 season, when healthy he is a borderline starting caliber TE, could form a nice duo with Doyle if he can stay on the field) 

Offensive Tackle 

  • Anthony Castonzo (Top 10 LT, very reliable and durable, rarely penalized, excellent pass-protector and strong run-blocker, does not get the national recognition he deserves) 
  • Braden Smith (2018 second-rounder, one of the best run-blocking RTs in football, but pass protection has been inconsistent) 
  • Le'Raven Clark (swing tackle, made 4 starts in 2018, but did see any action in 2019) 

Interior Offensive Line

  • Quenton Nelson (the best guard in football) 
  • Ryan Kelly (one of the best centers in football, excellent pass protector and dominant run blocker, only drawback thus far has been durability - missed 13 games between 2017 and 2018) 
  • Mark Glowinski (started 16/16 at RG in 2019 and played well enough to earn a 3-year contract extension, he's a decent starter - but not an impact blocker like Nelson or Kelly)
  • Javon Patterson (2019 seventh-rounder, missed his rookie year with an ACL injury, will compete for the backup center job in 2020) 
  • Danny Pinter* (started college career at TE before transitioning to RT, short arms will likely require a move to guard in the NFL, he's a good athlete and nimble blocker but lacks strength and power, offers some legit developmental upside) 

Defensive Tackle

  • DeForest Buckner* (elite defensive lineman, dominant vs. the run and excellent pass rusher - 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons, he could have a transformational impact on the Colt's defense) 
  • Grover Stewart (made 13 starts in 2019, recorded 3 sacks and 5 TFL, solid run-stuffer) 
  • Tyquan Lewis (2018 second-rounder, injuries in both of his pro seasons have limited him to 17 game appearances, production to this point has been disappointing - only 2 sacks and 4 TFL, but he still has some degree of breakout upside)
  • Sheldon Day* (made 5 starts in SF last year, projects as a rotational run-stuffer) 
  • Robert Windsor* (rookie sixth-rounder, was better in 2018 - 7.5 sacks and 11 TFL -  than he was in 2019 - 3.5 sacks and 5 TFL, he's undersized and is not an explosive athlete - but he's strong and plays with a high motor and lots of toughness) 

Defensive End

  • Justin Houston (had an excellent first year in Indy - recorded 11 sacks, 18 QBH, and 13 TFL, he's not getting any younger but will continue to operate as the team's top pass rusher in 2020) 
  • Kemoko Turay (2018 second-rounder, he was impressive before going on IR in October and is a legit 2020 breakout candidate who could flirt with double digit sacks) 
  • Ben Banogu (2019 second-rounder, recorded 2.5 sacks in a rotational role, expectations will increase in year two) 
  • Al-Quadin Muhammad (rotational DE, has recorded 3 sacks and 13 TFL in his two seasons with the team) 


  • Darius Leonard (2018 second-rounder, one of the best LBs and defensive players in football - 284 tackles, 12 sacks, and 7 INTs in his first two NFL seasons, ELITE) 
  • Anthony Walker (productive and reliable inside linebacker, 241 tackles over the past two seasons, superb run defender, sure-tackler, but a bit limited in terms of range) 
  • Bobby Okereke (2019 third-rounder, made 8 starts as a rookie and flashed dynamic upside, he's an explosive athlete with sideline to sideline ability, should make up quite a trio with Leonard and Walker)
  • EJ Speed (2019 fifth-rounder, sparsely used as a rookie, possesses great size and speed)
  • Jordan Glasgow* (rookie sixth-rounder, excellent special teams player, started at LB/S as a senior and had a productive season, high motor player) 
  • Matthew Adams (2018 seventh-rounder, core special teamer, reserve LB)
  • Zaire Franklin (2018 seventh-rounder, core special teamer, reserve LB) 


  • Kenny Moore II (elite slot corner... perhaps the best in football, excellent in coverage, excellent tackler, and very effective blitzer)
  • Rock Ya-Sin (2019 second-rounder, had mixed results to start his rookie year but showed great improvement in the second half of the season, he has the tools to emerge as a high-quality starter in 2020) 
  • Xavier Rhodes* (career has been on the decline since 2018 due to injuries and poor performance, prior to 2018 he was considered a Top 10 CB and had earned 3 Pro Bowl selections, he's still young enough to turn things back around) 
  • TJ Carrie* (historically average to below-average starting CB, covered out of the slot in CLE last season) 
  • Isaiah Rodgers* (rookie sixth-rounder, undersized small school prospect, has great speed, excellent ball production - 11 career INTs, natural corner instincts, and kick return experience)


  • Khari Willis (2019 fourth-rounder, started 9 games as a rookie and showed very well in run support, but he's a bit limited in terms of range and struggled in coverage) 
  • Malik Hooker (2017 first-rounder, career has been defined by injury and inconsistent play, there have been some bright moments - especially in coverage but too many missed tackles and blown assignments, he's got the talent to be great but 2020 will be a make or break year)
  • Tavon Wilson* (veteran safety, made 13 effective starts in Detroit last season, he's a reliable run defender) 
  • Julian Blackmon* (rookie third-rounder, was named a second-team All American in 2019 after a very productive season for the Utes, he's a former corner with good ball skills, athletic ability, and coverage instincts, he's also a willing tackler) 

Special Teams 

  • Rodrigo Blankenship* (rookie UDFA, very good college kicker - for his career he made 80/97 FGs and 200/200 XPs, he's got a real shot to win the kicking job) 
  • Chase McLaughlin (good in his 4 games with the team last season - went 5/6 on FGs and 11/11 on XPs)
  • Rigoberto Sanchez (very good younger punter, 26 of his 59 punts landed inside the 20, impressive net average, also among the best in the league in terms of touchbacks on kickoffs)