2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts Show No one on O-Line’s Job is Safe

By Eric Smith
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The GM of the Indianapolis Colts Ryan Grigson was very displeased with the effort of the offensive line last season. The line gave up over 40 sacks to rookie quarterback Andrew Luck as he was sacked at least once every game.

Grigson isn’t dumb. He knows the best chance for the Colts to win is to keep Luck off the turf and as healthy as possible. Luck doesn’t need to take any extra hits as he has the potential to be the best quarterback to ever play this game.

After free agency and through the draft thus far, he’s showing he’s serious and no one’s job is safe.

On the first day of the free agency period, the Colts signed tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard Donald Thomas. Cherilus is a big 6-foot-7, 325-pound right tackle and will come in and give a huge help to the right side of the line.

Thomas came via the New England Patriots where he was a very solid contributor in making them one of the best passing units in the league and keeping Tom Brady clean. He should start at left guard as he’s a big 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman.

Those two additions were good enough, but they weren’t done.

Indianapolis drafted 6-foot-3, 330-pound guard Hugh Thornton with their third round pick Friday night. He was the second pick of the draft for them as they didn’t have a second rounder. Thornton will add depth and give the Colts a very physical lineman who plays through the whistle.

To kick off the draft on Saturday, they used their next pick, a fourth-rounder on center Khaled Holmes from USC. That pick there gave the vibe Grigson meant no job is safe.

The Colts already had centers Samson Satele, who they just signed last year, and A.Q. Shipley on the team. They also had guard Mike McGlynn, who can also play center if needed. Bringing in Holmes gives them four guys who can play center.

This will spark a huge competition in training camp as literally all five jobs are open. They now have 12 viable guys, and those who give their best effort at keeping Luck upright and open holes for a ground game will end up getting  playing time.

I like what the team is doing this year.

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