With the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select…

Anthony Castonzo

Things were dicey for a while, but the Colts were able to get their offensive tackle. Despite the major need for a RT, the Colts have found a replacement for LT Charlie Johnson. While Carimi would have probably been the safer pick to solidify the running game and stabilize the very lackluster right side, the Colts went with the more prototypical Colts tackle. Still, with the left side allowing rushes at a rate of over 5 YPC, drafting Castonzo may allow Johnson to move back to his natural guard position finally replacing Mike Pollak, or even shift to RT to help bolster a running game that was anemic on the right side. More to come on this pick later as the implications sink in, but for now welcome to the newest member of the Colts Franchise, Anthony Castonzo!

Editor’s Note: With Round 1 in the books, Colts fans should be really happy. Castonzo projects to be a starter right away, should have a solid career, and his selection gives the Colts a lot more breathing room with their remaining picks. I would still like to see another offensive lineman or two in the draft, though I do not think that is necessarily likely. If a player like Joseph Barksdale is around in the third round, after a safety in the second, it would be a dream draft. Tomorrow night will be very interesting. The first three rounds will determine what could be an extremely strong Colts draft.

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