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2013 NFL Draft: Colts Select OG Hugh Thornton From Illinois With No. 86 Pick In Round Three

Colts opt to continue rebuilding their offensive line this offseason, selecting the 320 lb. Thornton in the third round.

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Grigson: Colts targeted Thornton

While following the draft from within Radio City Music Hall, the names that kept getting tossed around in association with the Indianapolis Colts at pick No. 86 were Quinton Patton, Jess Williams, or Corey Lemonier.

Instead of those prospects, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson opted to select offensive guard Hugh Thornton.

And, if you believe Grigson, Thornton was his target from the beginning of the second day of the draft.

It's worth noting that Thornton was recruited to the University of Illinois by Joe Gilbert. Gilbert is the current offensive line coach for the Colts.

So, if anyone knows how good Thornton can be, it's Gilbert and Grigson.

More draft insight from Grigson, via George Bremer:

Thornton told the media that reuniting with coach Gilbert was by "grace of God."

So, it seems Thornton was the guy Indianapolis really wanted.

Day three of the NFL Draft begins tomorrow at 12:00 PM ET.

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OG Hugh Thornton is a good player for Colts

Illinois offensive guard Hugh Thornton is a good player. Don't focus on the players that the Colts didn't take, focus on the one that they did. And he's a pretty impressive guard with a pretty crazy story. He could help the Colts.

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Grigson wants 'a cauldron of competition' at oline

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson does not seem to be the kind of person who will just draft or sign a player and plug him in to a spot. Competition seems to warrant who plays and who doesn't. "Steel sharpens steels," as head coach Chuck Pagano often says.

After selecting offensive guard Hugh Thornton with the 86th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Grigson told the media that he wants to create "a cauldron of competition" along the offensive line.

Regarding Thornton specifically, Grigson said:

Look for Thornton to possibly push Joe Reitz or Mike McGlynn for the starting left guard spot on the offensive line.

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Thornton was viewed as a "sleeper" pre-draft

Not to many Colts fans probably knew who Hugh Thornton was until Indianapolis selected him with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, just because he isn't a "name" doesn't mean he stinks.

Back in early April, Matthew Fairburn at Mocking the Draft, listed Thornton as one of the better "sleeper" offensive linemen available in this year's draft.

Hugh Thornton, Tackle/Guard, Illinois

Thornton started at left tackle for Illinois as a senior and was a mixed bag. On the one hand, he has the athleticism to play tackle in the NFL, but he lacks the size to succeed there. That doesn't mean he won't find a spot at the next level, though. Thornton has the coordination to pull and engage defenders on the second level of the defense. He's a solid player in space, but the best part of his game is the mean streak he shows on a consistent basis. Thornton is always fighting until the whistle and would make a ton of sense inside at guard in the NFL.

A guard that has athleticism and can pull out and maul defenders at the second level.

Yep, that sounds like a lineman for a West Coast (or "No-Coast") system to me.

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Colts take OG High Thorton at pick No. 86

Colts opt to continue rebuilding their offensive line this offseason, selecting the 320 lb. Thornton in the third round.

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