Make no mistake about it: Howard Mudd is the best o-line coach in football. If you cannot learn to block from him, start selling insurance. Mudd likes players who can play multiple line positions; guys like Jeff Saturday, who is a Pro Bowl center who can also play guard. With the departure of Jake Scott (who played guard and tackle), the Colts will likely let Dylan Gandy compete for the starting guard spot, and draft a player who they will groom into a eventual replacement for Jeff Saturday. Jeff is great, but he's also a little long in the tooth. Sooner or later, you have to start considering his replacement. Might as well start now.
Kory Lichtensteiger is one who has the potential to grow in the Colts offense mainly because he seems to have all the traits Howard Mudd looks for in a lineman:
Technique and intelligence are two traits Lichtensteiger seems to have, and if drafted he would fit in well with Mudd and the other lineman. Tony Ugoh was drafted last year in part because he is such a sound technician when it comes to playing LT. And potentially playing center in this offense means Lichtensteiger would have to call all the o-line audibles, and get them in sync with the audibles Peyton Manning calls. Basically, it means the center is like another QB. Lichtensteiger's intelligence will serve him well in the pros. He was one of three Bowling Green Eagles to receive an Academic All-Conference award, and while book smarts do not always translate into football smarts, it looks like Lichtensteiger has both.
NFL Draft Scout states that Lichtensteiger received a 87.78% blocking grade (whatever that means). In 2007, Lichtensteiger's team averaged just over 300 yards passing a game as the switched from a run-happy offense to an offense that likes to put the ball in the air. He was charged with just 1 of the 25 total sacks allowed for the season, and produced 16 key blocks that lead directly to offensive TDs, and 6 blocks that lead to big plays down the field. He started all 12 games his senior year, and displayed both durability and toughness.
Most mock drafts say Kory Lichtensteiger will end up getting picked late in the draft. The Colts LOVE picking offensive linemen late in drafts. Look for them to take a shot at Lichtensteiger.
Update [2008-3-14 15:18:7 by BigBlueShoe]: More info on Lichtensteiger from New Era Scouting. This info confirms, at least for me, that the Colts will work hard to draft this guy: