Profiling Colts Tight End Brody Eldridge

Brody Eldridge

Birth:  March 31, 1987

Hometown:  La Cygne, KS

College:  Oklahoma University

Draft:  5th round, 162nd overall – 2010 (Indianapolis Colts)

Height:  6 feet 5 inches

Weight:  265 pounds

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College

Year Started Rec Yards YPR TD
2006 7 3 18 6.00 0
2007 6 4 37 9.25 0
2008 5 4 24 6.00 1
2009 9 2 19 9.50 0
Career 27 13 98 7.54 1

Professional

No Professional Stats

Pre-Draft Measurables

40-Yard Dash:  4.73 seconds

3-Cone Drill:  7.32 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.44 seconds

Bench Press:  20 reps

Vertical Jump:  –.- inches

Broad Jump:  112 inches

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Breakdown

Brody Eldridge comes out of Oklahoma University starting over two-thirds of his games as OU’s primary blocking tight end (TE).  During that time, though, he was not always a TE. In fact as injuries dictated, some years he spent considerably more time playing as a lineman than as a set TE.  With the addition of teammate Jermaine Gresham, now a starting TE for Cincinnati Bengals, most duties for Eldridge came in the form of blocking assignments.

Despite the menial receiving experience in college, Eldridge has shown an unexpected spark as a receiver, with a physical receiving style that is unique for most receivers.  While this talent as a receiver is certainly helpful, the current state of the Colts offensive line is such that there may be little chance for Eldridge to make many receptions.  While Eldridge may or may not be an amazing blocker by linemen standards, Eldridge was hands down the best blocking TE of the 2010 draft.

When Colts President Bill Polian made so many comments on the poor state of the offensive line, many speculated a high round pickup of a left tackle (LT).  Instead, the Colts drafted a big and exceptionally intelligent guard in the fourth-round — Jacques McClendon out of Tennessee — and the best blocking TE in the fifth.  While both may or may not see the field much this year, it is safe to assume that the Colts will utilize Eldridge’s experience as a blocker to bolster the offensive line on both run and pass plays.

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