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Colts draft Iowa center Austin Blythe in seventh round of NFL Draft

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With their final pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have used the 248th overall pick to take Iowa center Austin Blythe.

Blythe played in 50 games and started 49 of them for Iowa, including 45 starts in a row to close out his collegiate career.  He made 33 starts at center, ten starts at right guard, and six starts at left guard.  He was named to Iowa's leadership group all four years he was there and was a permanent team captain in 2015.  He was one of three finalists for the Rimington Award in 2015 (Colts center Ryan Kelly won it) and was invited to the Senior Bowl.

This could be viewed as a slightly surprising pick for the Colts considering the fact that they drafted Ryan Kelly in the first round, but it gives them another option along the offensive line - their fourth lineman taken in eight picks.  Blythe very realistically could seriously push Jonotthan Harrison and Khaled Holmes for the backup center job, and he does have some experience at guard too.  While that's likely not where teams would want to play him in the NFL, that versatility is something the Colts love.

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: Trevor Bates, outside linebacker, Maine

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):

Pass rush

Offensive line

Running back

Inside linebacker

Defensive back (safety and/or cornerback)