So, with their last pick in the draft in the 7th round, with guys like DE Rudolph Hardie still on the board, Bill Polian drafted... another center?
In general, the 2008 draft will be remembered as the "trade draft." 33 trades were conducted during this draft, which is a record. However, for Colts fans, this draft will be remembered as the year of the center. In round 2, Indy took OC Mike Pollack out of Arizona State. In in the 6th round, they took Steve Justice, OC out of Wake Forest. And now, in the 7th round, the Colts have taken another OC: Jamey Richard out of Buffalo.
However, love for centers aside, the Colts addressed several key needs in this draft and got some great value late in the draft. DE Marcus Howard fell to the late 5th round, and the Colts snatched up LB Phillip Wheeler (who they may convert to DE) in round 3. Jacob Tamme and Tom Santi will provide depth at TE now that Ben Utecht is gone, and they managed to get a WR late in the 6th round.
All in all, the Colts addressed several key needs in the draft. They got their back-up, pass rushing DEs, addressed the interior of their o-line, and found a solid back-up RB. Per usual, Bill Polian delivers. More fall out from draft day coming your way as the 2008 NFL comes to a close.