As Renner mentioned, the Colts not only taking a running back of Taylor’s caliber in the second round, but trading up to get him, means they have big plans for him. You don’t invest that rich of draft capital into a position player for them to ride the bench all year.
The potential heavy involvement that Taylor may have is going to be done behind one of the most imposing offensive lines in the NFL; a group that helped the Colts finish No. 7 in rushing last year with 133.1 yards per game (and 1.5 rushing yards per game out of the top-five), and whose 2,130 total rushing yards were among the best in franchise history.
All five of the Colts’ starting offensive linemen return in 2020, so there’s little question there about change. In 2019, according to PFF, left guard Quenton Nelson’s 90.1 run-blocking grade ranked third among all NFL offensive linemen, right tackle Braden Smith’s 86.4 grade ranked fifth, center Ryan Kelly’s 74.6 ranked 14th, and left tackle Anthony Castonzo’s 70.2 ranked 22nd. That means that four of their five linemen were among the NFL’s top 25 run blockers.
Between run blocking support from wide receiver Zach Pascal, tight end Jack Doyle and newcomers in fullback Roosevelt Nix and tight Trey Burton, the Colts’ run game should keep on rolling in 2020 behind Taylor and Marlon Mack.
Now, let’s check out why Roling believes Taylor could “take the league by storm:”