2013 NFL Draft: How 3rd Round Pick Hugh Thornton Fits With Indianapolis Colts

By Eric Smith
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts had one pick Friday night and that was deep in the third round. They traded away their second round pick last Summer to the Miami Dolphins for cornerback Vontae Davis. That proved to be a smart choice, as they wouldn’t have gotten anyone better this year.

With the first round pick they addressed the need for a pass rusher in getting DE Bjoern Werner out of Florida State. The team said they’d use Werner as an outside linebacker, which they desperately needed and addressed one issue.

Indianapolis addressed the other major issue that needed fixed with their second pick of the draft in selecting guard Hugh Thornton from Illinois.

Thornton is a tall 6-3, 220 pound offensive lineman. He should be a very good asset for this team and help protect last year’s No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck and make more holes for a run game.

He’s a very physical player and finishes blocks. He is quick off the snap and has fantastic upper body strength. Another good trait out of Thornton is he’s extremely quick for his size and loves to move downfield and block the second level. He shows great effort and doesn’t give up until the whistle is blown.

Thornton was used a lot in pulling blocks to the outside and helping on an outside run. That helps big time for the Colts as they like to run outside with running back Donald Brown.

I don’t expect Thornton to start this year though unless unforeseen injuries take place. He will be a work in progress and a solid guy to add depth to that position.

Indianapolis added guard Donald Thomas (6-4, 305-pounds) from the New England Patriots on day one of the free agent period and return veterans Mike McGlynnJoe Reitz and Ben Ijalana. It’s likely McGlynn and Thomas will be the starters at left guard and right guard respectively while Reitz and Thornton back them up.

Ijalana will probably be kept and give the Colts a solid five guard depth chart heading to the 2013 season. This pick means the Colts only need one tackle and their line is set for the future.

I like this pick.

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