In my final installment of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2013 positional breakdowns for the offense, I wanted to look at the new look offensive line. Last year they were among one of the worst as far as protecting the quarterback as rookie Andrew Luck was sacked over 40 times including at least once in every game.
The Colts’ front office knew this was an area of concern and needed to keep their new franchise player upright to help this team win rather than risking an injury to him.
Heading into the draft, they’ve added some more beef as Tackle Gosder Cherilus a 6-7, 325-pound lineman was added with 6-4, 305-pound guard Donald Thomas. Both should start immediately as I’d suspect both start on the right side of the line.
That moves Mike McGlynn to left guard with former first round pick Anthony Castonzo lining up at left tackle and keeping Samson Satele as center.
That starting unit is definitely improved and has some size and weight to it. When you have guys that are 6-7, 315-pounds, 6-4, 327-pounds, 6-3, 299-pounds, 6-4, 305-pounds and 6-7, 325-pounds blocking for Vick Ballard and the running game as well as protecting Luck, you’re in good shape.
The Colts also retained 6-4, 337 pound guard Ben Ijalana, 6-6, 323-pound Jeff Linkenbach, 6-7, 322-pound Joe Reitz and 6-7, 320-pound Bradley Sowell and brought in 6-6, 330-pound Robert Griffin. That adds some depth to this line and could finally get them back among the league’s elite offensive lines.
With the team addressing nearly every need this offseason through free agency, I’d expect them to draft nothing but more help and depth for offensive line to go along with some depth on defense.
This could be the first time in a long time that every unit on the offensive side of the ball will be labeled as great and have no handicaps.