Wednesday, February 27, 2013
An OG target for Indy
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the teams with the most cap projected cap space for the 2013 offseason, the Indianapolis Colts are expected to be players -- to some degree -- for some of the big free agents in a couple weeks. One of the areas that's been cited as "in need of drastic improvement" is the offensive line, especially along the interior. As luck would have it, there are some good ones available to them.
It's been reported this week that Indy will be targeting Chargers OG Louis Vasquez, as their new personnel director formerly had the same job in San Diego. But there's another possibility as well, in the view of ESPN Insider's Field Yates:
Field YatesOffseason Playbook: Colts
"The Colts franchise will continue to rise with the further ascension of Luck, who already has a promising supporting cast of skill players around him. But protecting Luck will be critically important, as 41 sacks surrendered by the Colts in 2012 were far too many. Levitre isn't a household NFL name, but he's a young, experienced and productive guard who graded out as the ninth-best at his position according to Pro Football Focus in 2012. He has strong pass protection skills with the ability to prevent interior slant rushes and also can anchor in his pass set. The Colts offense calls for its offensive linemen to be able to play in space on wide receiver and running back screens, and Levitre has enough athleticism to latch onto defenders downfield. One offensive lineman isn't all that it will take to shore up the protection issues the Colts experienced in 2012, but Levitre would give Indianapolis a dependable anchor to help keep Luck on his feet. "