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Grading the Colts roster ahead of 2020 NFL Draft and free agency: Center

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A long off-season is upon us and while Chris Ballard and the Colts front office has plenty of time to work on rounding out the 2020 roster, Stampede Blue would like to take a pretty in-depth look at each position group and assign them letter grades.

The purpose of this exercise is to identify where the team stands at each position, based upon who is currently under contract. Re-signing in-house free agents could have a big impact on numerous grades but until that happens, we know what we know.

With that in mind, let’s dive in and discuss ways the team might move forward and share thoughts about what course of action makes the most sense.

Center: B

Starting center Ryan Kelly is in the upper-tier of players at the position and is still relatively young. Primary backup Josh Andrews looked like a man possessed at times in his limited snaps but is set to become a free agent. He is a proven and experience veteran backup who is fully capable of fully in for Kelly should the need arise.

Under Contract: Ryan Kelly, Javon Patterson

Possible Free Agent Options: Josh Andrews, Ryan Kalil, A.Q. Shipley, Stefen Wisniewski

Draft Prospects: Tyler Viadasz, Creed Humphrey, Jake Hansen, Nick Harris

Secondary Need

As with guard, there is much to like with the center position. Paring Ryan Kelly with Quenton Nelson and Mark Glowinski forms an impressive offensive interior. The team will need to identify who they want to keep on the roster to backup Kelly and if the Colts already had Josh Andrews back under contract, this position would move up to an A range grade as well.