The 2016 NFL Draft is officially over, with all 253 picks in and undrafted free agency well underway. You can keep up with the latest rumors as it pertains to the Colts and undrafted free agents right here, but let's also recap their draft class.
Here are the Colts' eight picks, followed by some overall thoughts on the draft:
1st round (18th overall): Ryan Kelly, center, Alabama
2nd round (57th): T.J. Green, safety, Clemson
3rd round (82nd): Le'Raven Clark, offensive tackle, Texas Tech
4th round (116th): Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle, Texas
4th round (125th): Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker, Florida
5th round (155th): Joe Haeg, offensive tackle, North Dakota State
7th round (239th): Trevor Bates, outside linebacker, Maine
7th round (248th): Austin Blythe, center, Iowa
We'll have our grades for these picks posted tomorrow morning, but as you can tell right now, four of the team's eight draft picks were offensive linemen. Clearly, the team made it a priority to protect Andrew Luck, and they certainly did improve their unit up front. They added a sure starter in Ryan Kelly at center, two talented value picks in Le'Raven Clark and Joe Haeg, and then a very interesting backup candidate at center in Austin Blythe. Those fans who wanted the Colts to focus on protecting Andrew Luck (which was most fans) will be happy with this haul.
The Colts didn't draft a pass rusher early, but they grabbed Trevor Bates in the seventh round - a guy who I'm excited to see compete and work out for the Colts and who Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano seem excited about. He's the only true edge rusher that the Colts drafted, though defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway is a pass rushing lineman who could play himself into a situational role next year.
The other two players drafted are also on defense, including second round safety T.J. Green. He's more of a developmental guy and won't start right away for the Colts, but he can contribute on special teams and work with the Colts' coaching staff. Antonio Morrison addresses a need at inside linebacker and while he's not the most exciting candidate, he should give the Colts some solid play as a physical linebacker.
Overall, this seems like a solid draft class for the Colts - one heavily focused on offensive linemen. We'll have our grades for the picks in the morning, but what are your initial thoughts on the team's eight picks?