As the Indianapolis Colts head into the 2018 NFL Draft, the need for offensive linemen remains one of the standout needs for the roster. The Colts have done some work by re-signing Jack Mewhort and adding Matt Slauson to a 1-year deal, but there is certainly more work to be done through the draft.
At the moment Quenton Nelson presents as one of the darlings for the No. 6 overall selection with fans begging for some protection for their franchise quarterback. On the other hand, Chris Ballard has let us know that he sees some depth along the offensive line in this draft, especially among the interior linemen.
Told there were a total of 17 teams at Brandon Parker’s workout. Saw these: Raiders, Broncos, Jags, Lions, Jets, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Chargers, 49ers, Packers, Browns.— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantGNR) April 2, 2018
Ballard will not allow any stone to be unturned at this point, which should make fans happy, however, taking a look at a litany of options is part of the pre-draft process and the latest is North Carolina A&T offensive tackle Brandon Parker. The Aggies were far and away the best offense in the MEAC and went 12-0 last season. Parker is likely a tackle in the NFL but is seen as a lineman with some versatility and has some awards to go with his play over the past several years.
21 reps on the bench press for Brandon Parker. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie among those in attendance. pic.twitter.com/mX2Dewwgtv— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantGNR) April 2, 2018
Parker was the MEAC offensive lineman of the year, and first-team all-MEAC in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He’s been durable and will be one of the better OT options in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. The Colts, though they certainly need potential starters to come in, could easily add to the roster with a project who holds a ton of college experience and stands 6-foot-7, 300-plus pounds.