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Colts draft center Ryan Kelly in first round of 2016 NFL Draft

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With the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have selected center Ryan Kelly from Alabama.

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With the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have selected center Ryan Kelly out of Alabama.

Kelly is not a surprising pick for the Colts whatsoever, as it seems in recent days that the overwhelming majority of mock drafts have had the Colts taking the Alabama center.  It's certainly a pick that should make quarterback Andrew Luck happy, as he gets a good center to help protect him.  Kelly is a player who can step in right away and start for the Colts from day one at center and addresses the biggest area of need up front.  Kelly should be a good player for the Colts for several years to come, and that's never a bad pick at number 18 overall.

During his time at Alabama, Kelly played in 46 games and started 35 of them as he was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide.  He was the Rimington Award winner in his senior season in 2015 (given annually to the nation's top center) and was also a consensus first-team All-American, allowing just four quarterback hurries and no sacks all season for the National Champions.

Here's a complete look at the Colts' picks in the 2016 NFL Draft:

1st round, 18th overall pick

2nd round, 48th overall pick

3rd round, 82nd overall pick

4th round, 116th overall pick

5th round, 155th overall pick

7th round, 239th overall pick

The team's sixth round pick was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for linebacker Sio Moore last year, leaving them with six picks in the draft (currently, barring a trade).  Additionally, here's an update on the Colts' areas of need (in no particular order):

Pass rush

Offensive line

Running back

Inside linebacker

Defensive back (safety and/or cornerback)

Here's a quick trial video we did on Facebook Live immediately after the pick talking about a few of the major questions and comments about the pick: