In the Fourth Round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select…

Colts running back Delone Carter is a big dude. (Frank Ordonez | The Post-Standard)

RB – Delone Carter

After spending first and second round picks on shoring up an offensive line that has been lacking some pieces and continuity — and has always lacked size — the Colts used a third day pick on running back Delone Carter out of Syracuse. Carter is a smash mouth style running back in between the tackles who most certainly projects as a situational short-yardage grinder in the Colts offensive system. If fans were wanting to see the Colts add pieces to play a more powerful offensive game, Carter is a good piece to make that possible.

It has been awhile since the Colts have had a 5-foot 9-inch 222 pound bowling ball in their backfield, and that is what they are getting with Carter. He is not blazing fast, as he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine — though he did drop it to 4.46 at his Pro Day. He rushed for 2,054 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior and senior years — including a streak of at least 215 carries without losing a fumble in that span. Carter also finished up his collegiate run with MVP honors in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game. He did deal with a suspension for allegedly punching a student at Syracuse who was throwing snowballs at the SUV he was in, but the details of the event are fuzzy and punching someone once is not that big of a deal.

Carter’s selection creates a very healthy competition for the final running back roster spot, assuming the team is able to retain Joseph Addai. Carter would compete with Mike Hart, Javarris James, Devin Moore, and potentially Dominic Rhodes for a spot on the roster.