The Indianapolis Colts needed offensive line help and toughness on the defensive side of the football. I think they got what they wanted. Here is a look at the guys they drafted:
1st round (#18 overall) – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2nd round (#57 overall) - T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3rd round (#82 overall) – Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
4th round (#116 overall) – Hassan Ridgeway, DE/DT, Texas
4th round (#125 overall) – Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida
5th round (#155 overall) – Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
7th round (#239 overall) – Trevor Bates, LB, Maine
7th round (#248 overall) – Austin Blythe, C, Iowa
OFFENSE: The Colts knew going into this draft that they had to improve the offensive line. Colts’ QBs got the hell beat out of them last year. If it happens again, they will be in deep trouble as they don’t have quality depth behind Andrew Luck this time around. They missed out on the top tackles in the draft, so they shifted gears and took the best center (Ryan Kelly) in the first round and he will start from Day #1. In the 3rd round the Colts got good value in taking OT Le’Raven Clark. Adding Joe Haeg (OT, 5th round) and Austin Blythe (C, 7th round) could wind up helping the Colts down the road!
DEFENSE: The Colts took a safety with blazing speed in T.J. Green and he has a nice upside. He could be a starter in the near future for the Colts. The Colts also helped the front seven with the picks of Hassan Ridgeway, Antonio Morrison and Trevor Bates.
OUTLOOK: I really loved this draft for the Colts as the front office finally seems to have seen the light!