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Johnathan Hankins thinks Colts probably have AFC’s best defense

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There’s nothing quite like the optimism that NFL teams find in May when the regular season is still months away from starting and best-case scenarios are the ones in the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Players are in the best shape of their lives, offseason tweaks have resulted in great progress and bold proclamations for the year to come sprout up like weeds in an untended field. One such proclamation comes from defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who signed with a Colts team that’s failed to impress defensively for several years and made numerous additions to the unit in free agency and the draft in hopes of changing that.

According to Hankins, those efforts have been right on the money. During an appearance on NFL Network, Hankins said that he believes the Colts are at the top of the heap.

“Right now I feel like we got probably the best defense in the AFC,” Hankins said. “On paper, it looks good, but we’ve got to go out there and prove it. We’ve got a great quarterback here, as y’all know, Andrew Luck, and some great weapons on offense. So, if we can just come together during OTAs, and once training camp starts, get a good feel of everybody and just trust each other, I feel like we’ll be real dominant out there.”

With so many new pieces, it should probably go without saying that non-contact practices in the spring can’t provide a full picture of how things will look on defense in Indianapolis when things start getting real later this year. The good news is that they went 8-8 with a poor defense last year so they probably don’t need to make it all the way to the top of the mountain in order to do their part to push the team to a better record in 2017.

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47 Responses to “Johnathan Hankins thinks Colts probably have AFC’s best defense”
  1. ruthlessburgher says: May 15, 2017 10:11 AM

    In other news, the NFL will be administering a “random” drug test to Hankins today. That has to be some potent stuff he’s on…

  2. tonyzendejas says: May 15, 2017 10:11 AM

    30th in the league last year in total defense. Drug test this guy immediately. He’s on the lean and the molly.

  3. blah773 says: May 15, 2017 10:11 AM

    of course you do. until you play the steelers. or the pats. or any other team that lights you up for 40+pts this season. #soft

  4. theseaward says: May 15, 2017 10:13 AM

    Was he drinking when he made this statement???

  5. maust1013 says: May 15, 2017 10:15 AM


    The best D in the conference? Ballard has done well so far but they don’t even have close to the best D in their division.

  6. 205diamonds says: May 15, 2017 10:15 AM

    Colts and best defense, two things that do not go together

  7. Kapodaco says: May 15, 2017 10:16 AM

    Love the enthusiasm.

    But absolutely not.

  8. ricko1112 says: May 15, 2017 10:16 AM

    They aren’t even close to having the best defense in the AFCS!

  9. pologroundsvet says: May 15, 2017 10:21 AM

    I wish him luck. He gave the Giants all he had, and he had plenty. If the rest of the Colts new “D” is the same there will be a huge improvement.

  10. terripet says: May 15, 2017 10:25 AM

    Colts will have a top 5 defense this year

  11. redclaw1314 says: May 15, 2017 10:26 AM

    Colts are LOADED (with delusions of grandeur)

  12. walker1191 says: May 15, 2017 10:27 AM

    The Colts PR department needs to give these guys some talking points before they ever let them get in front of mic:

    “It’s good to be back in the building getting to know my new teammates”

    “We’re just working hard and doing what the coaches ask us to do”

    “There is a long way to go before the season starts and we are trying to take advantage of the time that we have to get better every day”

  13. donbat67 says: May 15, 2017 10:28 AM

    Did he get into Mr Irsays pills again ??

  14. edge3281 says: May 15, 2017 10:28 AM

    Colts and best defense, two things that do not go together
    Not since 2007 at least.

  15. swagjag says: May 15, 2017 10:28 AM

    Unless teams., y’know.. Throw the ball.

  16. footballgodtb12 says: May 15, 2017 10:28 AM

    Johnathan Hankins just got a letter in the mail from the League… Mandatory Drug Test Tuesday May 16th

  17. sbchampsagain says: May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

    The Houston Texans, NE Pats and Baltimore Ravens find this article amusing.

  18. BraceForImpact says: May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

    Oh no.

  19. silverhornet says: May 15, 2017 10:32 AM

    Wait, ganja is legal in Indiana?

  20. theandy59 says: May 15, 2017 10:35 AM

    Another guy who just doesn’t get it. Talking about it doesn’t make it true, and it doesn’t help you make it true; it probably makes it harder. Totally fine to believe it, stupid to talk about it.

  21. mikea311 says: May 15, 2017 10:37 AM

    at least he knew the Giants still have the best defense in the NFL, thus prefacing his comment to the AFC.

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 15, 2017 10:43 AM

    Coaching matters not just personnel.

  23. folec says: May 15, 2017 10:47 AM

    OMG! Stop, just stop. Hang another participation banner.

  24. I Understand The Catch Rule says: May 15, 2017 10:47 AM

    Report: Johnathan Hankins spotted by multiple news sources this past weekend stumbling out of local clubs late night with Jim Irsay and a mysterious briefcase shortly before these statements were made.

  25. pastabelly says: May 15, 2017 10:48 AM

    Denver, New England, and Houston all have very good defenses. You could make an argument for any of them. The Colts have a long way to go to get into that group.

  26. boxscore20k says: May 15, 2017 10:49 AM

    Best D in AFC – A great QB in Luck this guy is hilarious… Get him on SNL asap

  27. kneedragr says: May 15, 2017 11:19 AM

    Purple Drank.

    Do not give interviews on it.

  28. gregfalco15 says: May 15, 2017 11:23 AM

    Great, time to put on a new banner. “#1 defense in AFC in May”

  29. juliusbrown says: May 15, 2017 11:28 AM

    Hankins is clearly delusional.

  30. ill42 says: May 15, 2017 11:28 AM

    Ridiculous statement, but I do think the Colts will be much improved this year. I thought Ballard did a pretty great job in his first free agency and draft. Not hard to do better than Grigson though.

  31. celticsforever says: May 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    Sounds like banner material to me!!!

  32. dadsource says: May 15, 2017 12:05 PM

    The Colts have the 4th best defense….in the division

  33. styro1 says: May 15, 2017 12:14 PM

    The Colts were 12 in points allowed last year in the AFC, which is the only defensive stat that matters, with 24.5 points per game. They were only better than the Jaguars, Jets, Chargers and Browns.
    They have a long way to go before they’re the best in their division never mind the conference.

    Say something like that on the Pats, whether in May or January, and that’ll get you cut!

  34. atthemurph says: May 15, 2017 12:24 PM

    Hankins meant to say “The best defense in Indianapolis when there isn’t an NFL game being played there.”

  35. Drunk Uncle says: May 15, 2017 12:48 PM

    Defensive Rankings in the AFC South
    1. Texans
    2. Jaguars
    3. Titans
    4. Colts

    It is fun to watch Luck throw 50 passes to try and come back in all those games they fall behind.

  36. flexx91 says: May 15, 2017 1:04 PM

    terripet says:
    May 15, 2017 10:25 AM

    Colts will have a top 5 defense this year

    Sure, if you’re counting from the bottom up…

  37. lifetimefan says: May 15, 2017 1:43 PM

    Wow, I wonder what his wonderlick score would be, was it out of single digits?

    As a Pats fan the best defense in the league appears to be Houston. That’s it, he was looking at teams in the Dolts division and must have inadvertently been looking at the Texans roster.

  38. Hoosier6710 says: May 15, 2017 2:01 PM

    …and we expected him to say what exactly?

    Maybe they will, probably not, but the good news is they will get the chance to try to prove it.

  39. bobthebillsfan says: May 15, 2017 2:05 PM

    What a dope.

  40. edge3281 says: May 15, 2017 2:16 PM

    I don’t see what is wrong with a player having confidence in his team. I think a lot of non-Colts fans don’t realize how much talent there is on this defense. There are a handful very solid players on that side of the ball that have all dealt with injuries that have limited their effectiveness or had them out of games altogether. Vonte Davis, Clayton Geathers, Henry Anderson and Kendall Langford. If these guys remain healthy and Hooker and Wilson have decent rookies seasons there is no reason to doubt that the Colts won’t be a middle of the road NFL defense.

    Even with that said the likely lack of a great pass rusher will kill this team if they make the playoffs. Also, if injuries start to mount like they have for the Colts the last 2 seasons then they will be in trouble because the depth isn’t there yet.

  41. tylawspick6 says: May 15, 2017 2:22 PM


    This is one reason why it took the wussy Colts to sign him. No one wanted him because he’s overrated and now vastly overpriced.

    Steady player, but nothing more. There is a reason why the Giants walked.

    Lastly, bringing in so many FAs all at once never works.

    This is football, not baseball. Continuity is vital.

    I am sure the Pats are taking notices as he runs his mouth, too.

  42. jag1959 says: May 15, 2017 2:54 PM

    terripet says:
    May 15, 2017 10:25 AM

    Colts will have a top 5 defense this year

    You do know that when it comes to defense it’s about FEWEST points allowed right? To find the top 5 we count up from the least, not down from most.

  43. htown1035 says: May 15, 2017 3:58 PM

    edge3281 says:
    May 15, 2017 2:16 PM

    I don’t see what is wrong with a player having confidence in his team.

    Nothing wrong with having confidence in your team.

    Just keep quiet about it. Easy.

  44. gweetarman says: May 15, 2017 4:01 PM

    The Broncos are chuckling right now.

  45. rodgerstonelson says: May 15, 2017 4:31 PM

    LOL, not even the best in the Division.

  46. giantsfan29910 says: May 15, 2017 6:00 PM

    Not going to miss this guy.

  47. billsbackto81 says: May 15, 2017 6:32 PM


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