INDIANAPOLIS – It's a question that is hard to narrow down to just five players.
If you had to pluck through the Colts roster to find the five most indispensable players for the 2015 season, who would you pick?
On Monday night, Colts fans took to Twitter to answer the question and plenty of debate ensued.
Here's a look at the seven players who received at least 10 votes from fans:
Andrew Luck (66)
Analysis: Some fans summed up Luck's importance to the team by placing him in every single of their top five slots. It goes without saying what Luck means to the Colts. Yes, the Colts have the most experienced backup quarterback in the NFL, but Luck routinely makes plays off script, pushing defensive coordinators over the edge in trying to slow down the three-time Pro Bowler.
Vontae Davis (48)
Analysis: I was actually a little surprised this number wasn't higher. Fans saw in 2014 what exactly Davis does for the Colts defense. When Davis was injured for more than half of the game in Pittsburgh, the Colts defense was nowhere near the same unit. Davis would definitely make my top five, even with solid cornerback depth through the top four spots on the depth chart (Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler and D'Joun Smith).
T.Y. Hilton (34)
Analysis: Hilton is one that was debated about a good amount. There's no denying his talent and what he provides the Colts offense from a playmaking standpoint. The only argument would be is the depth at wide receiver enough to push Hilton down the list a bit? The quality behind Hilton at wide receiver is aplenty. However, I just think his talent is too unique (and proven) to keep him out of the top five.
Anthony Castonzo (30)
Analysis: Things began to get jumbled after you got past the three Pro Bowlers above. It's nice to see Castonzo get the respect he deserves from Colts fans. Heading into his fifth NFL season, Castonzo is an obvious choice in my top five. He's missed less than a handful of snaps the last three seasons. Many entries from fans had the "entire Colts O-line" chosen, with Castonzo being by far the most frequent individual vote getter in the trenches.
Frank Gore (28)
Analysis: The selection of Gore was not on my initial list. After doing some thinking though, it makes plenty of sense. Let's say Gore does go down with an injury (something that he has stayed away from for nearly his entire 10 years in the NFL). After Gore, you would have Boom Herron and then some question marks in Vick Ballard coming off back-to-back season-ending injuries and a rookie in Josh Robinson. That's why I could see people making a strong case for Gore, not to mention his consistent productivity, which is virtually unparalleled in the NFL, since 2005.
Robert Mathis (21)
Analysis: Mathis' name sparked a good amount of discussion among fans. From a purely numbers standpoint, the Colts had just one less sack as a team in 2014, compared to 2013, when Mathis was on the field. Those that didn't include Mathis would argue that number, along with the addition of Trent Cole, being the reasons why. Those arguing for Mathis look at all the game-changing plays No. 98 makes and his presence causing offenses to think twice about their blocking assignments. This is a tough one for me, but if Mathis is back to his normal self then I would have to include him on the list.
Arthur Jones (18)
Analysis: For me, this is the player that rounds out my top five. We've talked about the Colts run defense striving for more consistency in 2015, a healthy campaign for Jones is priority No. 1 in achieving that. Behind Jones, the Colts do not have a ton of experienced depth so his presence is a must to win the trench-battle. If I had to rank players 1-5, I would put Jones behind Luck, Davis and Castonzo in my most important guys to stay healthy this season.
Other players receiving votes: Dwayne Allen, Mike Adams, Gosder Cherilus, Trent Cole, Coby Fleener, Jerrell Freeman, D'Qwell Jackson, Andre Johnson, Pat McAfee, Jack Mewhort, Greg Toler and Adam Vinateri