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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Indianapolis Colts

Colts 2016 Draft Class18th overall:


Colts 2016 Draft Class

18th overall: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

57th overall: T.J Green, FS, Clemson

82nd overall: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

116th overall: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas

125th overall: Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida

155th overall: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State

239th overall: Trevor Bates, LB, Maine

248th overall: Austin Blythe C, Iowa

The 2015 Colts struggled on both sides of the ball but more importantly they failed to keep their quarterbacks upright all season long, resulting in franchise star Andrew luck missing half a season and a further 4 veteran signal callers getting injured in some shape down the stretch. Jim Irsay made it very clear General Manager Ryan Grigson had to help is young signal caller this off season and so they did The offensive line was porous to put it politely despite strong play from starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo and 2nd year left guard Jack Mewhor. Drafting 4 line men was certainly the statement the colts needed to make if they want to be considered competitors. Look for first round pick Kelly to start at centre whilst Haeg and Blythe compete for the starting right guard spot. Le’Raven Clark will find stiff competition from 2015 draft pick Denzelle Good who showed flashes of being solid starter toward the end of last year. Clark was considered a steal by several scouts because of his impressive frame, his development should be an interesting story to follow. Starting ILB Jerrell Freeman left in free agency to the Chicago Bears and D’Qwell Jackson isn’t getting any younger, look for Antonio Morrison to step into the starting spot and bring an attitude to a fairly placid defence. Safety T.J Green has the speed and size to be a ball hawk in the secondary but he has limited experience (transitioned from WR to DB 2 years ago) which could limit his involvement in the upcoming season. Overall the Colts made plenty of positive moves in this draft, stuck to their plan and avoided their traditional method of picking the best available player and ended up with some quality players to plug into the line-up straight away. This draft addressed every need the team had apart from running back however an improved line should help towards the ground game and in turn should remove some pressure from Andrew Luck.

Grade B+

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