In the fifth round of the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts used the 125th overall pick to draft North Dakota State offensive tackle Joseph Haeg.
Haeg protected second overall pick Carson Wentz at North Dakota State, where he started 60 career games as a four-year starter. He started at right tackle in his first two seasons (making 29 starts) and then in his final two seasons he started 31 games at left tackle. He was a first-team All-American selection (FCS) in both 2014 and 2015 and was invited to participate in the Senior Bowl this year, where he impressed.
The pick continues to show us that the theme of the draft for the Colts is improving in the trenches. They have now spent three of their first six picks on offensive linemen and another on a defensive lineman. Haeg is the second tackle picked by the Colts, as they also took Le'Raven Clark in the third round. Haeg is an interesting player to keep an eye on as the Colts add more competition to their offensive line, and the bottom line is that they are very committed to protecting Andrew Luck.
Here's a complete look at the Colts' picks in the 2016 NFL Draft:
1st round, 18th overall pick: Ryan Kelly, center, Alabama
2nd round, 57th overall pick (from Packers): T.J. Green, safety, Clemson
3rd round, 82nd overall pick: Le'Raven Clark, offensive tackle, Texas Tech
4th round, 116th overall pick: Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle, Texas
4th round, 125th overall pick (from Packers): Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker, Florida
5th round, 155th overall pick: Joseph Haeg, offensive tackle, North Dakota State
7th round, 239th overall pick
7th round, 248th overall pick (from Packers)
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):
Inside linebacker Defensive back (safety and/or cornerback)