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Building that stud Offensive Line during the Off-season

The entire horseshoe nation knows the most important task for Indy's front office during the off season is building a stud Offensive Line to protect their franchise QB, Andrew Luck. But fortunately for Ryan Grigson, the 2013 draft and Free Agency will present him with the right opportunities to build a stud offensive line that will suit Pep Hamilton's hybrid west coast offence.

The Draft

The 2013 draft is deep in Offensive Line prospects especially along the interior lines. The following prospects may fall to the Colts at the 24th pick, or if Indy decides to trade down in the draft.

  • Jonathan Cooper
  • Barrett Jones
  • Larry Warford
  • DJ Fluker (projected to move to guard)
  • Justin Pugh (Projected to move to guard)
  • Dallas Thomas ( Projected to move to guard)
  • Brian Winter
  • David Quessenberry
  • Travis Frederick
In addition to aforementioned, there are a few offensive tackles prospects that will be available late on day 1, or early on day 2. Players such as;
  • Menelik Watson
  • Brennan Williams
  • Oday Aboushi
  • Kyle Long
  • Chris Faulk
  • Reid Fragel (will improve with more experience at the position)
So it's conceivable to believe the colts could land 2 talented Offensive Line prospects by the end of the 3rd round.


Free Agents

There are some solid free agents that will be available for around $3M to $5.5M per year. Don't expect the Colts to spend big on free agents like Ryan Clady, Andre Smith, Will Beatty, Sebastian Vollmer, Branden Albert or even Andy Levitre. Instead, expect the Colts to focus on solid players that will 1. offer more bang for the buck, 2. better suited for the west coast offence. I believe Indy will take a close look at the following players;

Like with the draft, Indy could easily snag any 2 of these players.

Conclusion

Pairing any 4 of these players with the under appreciated, stud left OT, Anthony Castonzo, Indy will boast one of the better starting offensive lines in the league, with a cap hit around $13M-$14M. In other words, the Colts would be paying their starting offensive line only $2M more than what Denver will be paying Ryan Clady alone.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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