Colts Trade Up to Select Ben Ijalana, T/G, Villanova

Indy gave it’s 5th round pick to move from 53rd to 49th and take Villanova lineman Ben Ijalana. Ijalana was a dominant left tackle at the FCS level, though the difference in level of competition, some technique issues that’ll need work and a lack of great height (about 6’3 1/2″ like Charlie Johnson) had most thinking he’ll begin his career inside at guard and likely move outside later.

Put together with Castonzo the Colts have added two likely starters to an OL that really struggled last year. With the trade the Colts now have 3 picks remaining in the draft, a 3rd, 4th and 6th rounder.