The Indianapolis Colts made their first trade of the offseason as they traded away their fourth-round pick in the 2014 to the Cleveland Browns for their fifth-round (139th) pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Colts picked center Khaled Holmes from USC just prior to that in the fourth round, and had no pick in the fifth as that was traded away last off season.
Indianapolis used the newly-acquired pick on NT Montori Hughes from Tennessee-Martin. Hughes is a very large nose tackle at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds. He’s big and strong and once again gives them plenty of options at another position.
Along with the selection of Hughes, Indianapolis returns last year’s fifth round pick Josh Chapman, who is four inches shorter than Hughes but brings tons of talent, but missed all of his rookie season due to a torn ACL. The Colts also signed nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin this offseason and returns Ricardo Matthews, Brandon McKinney and Martin Tevaseu.
That gives them solid depth. They’re forming this line from playing a 3-4 scheme with 4-3 guys, to now getting guys for this system.
You do have to wonder the health of some of the guys though, as they likely won’t be able to keep them all. Someone will lose out as they won’t want to keep more than three of the active 53-man roster. That creates big-time competition like the one that they will have on the other side of the line, and makes them a better football team.