The two areas that the Indianapolis Colts said they wanted to address this offseason was the entire defensive side of the ball and the offensive line. Indianapolis drafted a much-needed pass rusher in Bjoern Werner out of Florida State in the first round on Thursday night and took guard Hugh Thornton with the lone pick Friday night in round three.
To start off their picks on the final day of the draft, the Colts showed they’d continue to address the offensive line by drafting center Khaled Holmes from USC. He’s a big 6-foot-4, 305-pound center and could help this team tremendously.
Holmes was a second-team All-Pac 12 in 2011 and honorable mention in 2010. He has experience at both center and guard as he was named honorable mention in ‘10 as a right guard. He was moved from guard to center at Spring practice in 2011, and thrived at that position as well, showing some versatility in his game.
He will give the Colts’ current centers Samson Satele and A.Q. Shipley some stiff competition, and could very well end up starting if both don’t pan out in the end. What the Colts liked about Holmes is obviously his ability to play both guard and center, and he’s very balanced on his feet and uses his upper body strength to fend off rushers.
The pick shows that he Colts are serious about fixing this offensive line as he’s the fourth new face to join the rebuilt line thus far.