I think a lot of people are overrating our wide receiver group. Reggie Wayne is magnificent. T.Y. Hilton has loads of potential as a very good 3rd WR. But outside of that, we don't have much. Donnie Avery pretty much sucks. LaVon Brazill doesn't look like he'll ever be more than a very poor man's Hilton. While the price for a Larry Fitzgerald, if he were even available, Mike Wallace, or somebody of that ilk may be a lot to handle, we're going to have tons of money and another option outside is pretty imperative in my opinion.
Obviously, Dwight Freeney has played his last down as a Colt.
I'd like to bring back Pat McAfee but if some of the numbers I've heard being thrown about are even in the ballpark, it would be hard to justify. As long as it is around $2 million, he's probably worth it.
Offensive line should be the top priority. They were laughably bad this season. Andrew Luck took more hits than every quarterback in the league and still made them look better than they were. The problem is that improving an o-line is not an easy proposition without a very high draft choice. The elite tackles will all be gone by 24. Anthony Castonzo, while certainly not a great player, is the only guy on the roster who is a legit NFL starter. You can find interior guys late in drafts but tackles pretty much have to be taken in the top-15 to get a day one starter. Very good tackles don't come available on the free agent market though I've heard rumors of Jake Long possibly being available. Of course, if that is the case it'd be a pretty big red flag to me. Miami wouldn't make him available without significant injury or performance issues, especially after just drafting their franchise quarterback last season.
The secondary needs a lot of help. Vontae Davis is pretty good. That trade, while a 2nd round pick is valuable, was a very good one. Davis was worth it. He's not a lockdown guy by any means but he was far and away our best corner. Antoine Bethea, though he seemed to take a step back this year, is pretty good. Outside of that, there isn't much. Jerraud Powers is pretty good when healthy, which he never is. Darius Butler is not bad for a 5th corner. The same statement probably applies to Cassius Vaughn. Tom Zbikowski has a legitimate case as the worst Colts starter since Gilbert Gardner. He is that bad. And he may even be worse. Joe Lefeged is a good special teamer but that's all he is. Clearly we need helpe here as well.
The defensive line needs a few pieces but there were so many injuries there this year it's hard to pick out exactly what the needs are. I lean towards an anchor in the middle though there seems to be some pretty big optimism for Josh Chapman when he gets into the fold next year.
I like Vick Ballard but we need another running back. Preferably a more versatile guy. Ballard is pretty good running the ball. Unfortunately, that's it. He wasn't a good blocker and he could not catch.
Clearly we're going to need another outside linebacker. It's going to have to be somebody who has more cover skills than our current group. I understood why they had to do it this season but I'd be happy to never see Robert Mathis in pass coverage again. Jerrell Freeman is a stud. Pat Angerer was awful this year. Hopefully he'll return to form by getting healthy this offseason.
Basically the only group on our team that doesn't need major upgrades is quarterback. But that's to be expected when a 2 win team becomes an 11 win team in a single year. Fortunately, that gives us the luxury of basically taking the best player available in the draft regardless of position. And after Grigson's first draft, I'm pretty confident he'll find the right guys.