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):
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: