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According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Colts offensive line coach Joe Philbin worked out Iowa center Austin Blythe at his pro day.

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Iowa held their pro day on Monday, and the Indianapolis Colts were represented as they were on hand to watch Iowa center Austin Blythe.  According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Colts offensive line coach Joe Philbin put Blythe through his positional workout on Monday at the pro day.

Blythe played in 50 games during his time at Iowa and started 49 of them, including 45 in a row to close out his collegiate career.  He was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy in 2015 (given annually to college football's top center) and he was a participant in the Senior Bowl.  He started his time at Iowa as a right guard, and then later split his time between left guard and center before then moving to center full-time. According to CBS Sports, he is projected to be a sixth or seventh round pick.

The biggest need for the Indianapolis Colts along their offensive line is the center position, and we've seen them workout or meet with several centers so far in the draft process.  That makes perfect sense, as it's a solid draft class at the position and as the Colts could really stand to improve from Jonotthan Harrison and Khaled Holmes.  Blythe would present a nice mid-round option that the team could grab on day three if they don't grab a center earlier than that.  He provides the versatility to play along the interior of the line in multiple spots, something the Colts value, and he could step in and start at center while continuing to improve.  There are better center prospects in the draft, but if the Colts choose to use their first few picks on other positions of need, Blythe could certainly be an intriguing player on day three.