According to Pro Football Focus, the Indianapolis Colts will select a much needed left tackle, BYU’s Brady Christensen, with the 21st overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft—in their updated league mock draft:
21. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: T BRADY CHRISTENSEN, BYU
We’re living in a world where Philip Rivers gives it one more go before retiring, so with the retirement of longtime tackle Anthony Castonzo, a tackle replacement is in order. Christensen was a monster this past season, allowing only four pressures the whole season while mauling in the run game. I believe someone will fall in love with this kid and take him a bit early, especially with there being a bit of a gap between the top two tackles and the rest.
Protecting prized top quarterback prospect Zach Wilson’s blindside for BYU, the 6’6”, 300 pound junior offensive tackle started in 12 games for the Cougars at left tackle—earning AP First-Team All-American and Consensus First-Team All-American, as well as All-Independent First-Team honors respectively.
And other rave reviews during 2020:
BYU OT Brady Christensen: Highest-graded offensive lineman in 2020 (96.0) pic.twitter.com/qCArhQlNDy— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 25, 2020
Lowest QB pressure % allowed by an OT since 2014:— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 16, 2021
▶️ Brady Christensen, 2020 - 0.8% pic.twitter.com/Z6VIaBh7zN
Only FBS OL with 90+ pass and run blocking grades:— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 13, 2021
Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
Brady Christensen, BYU pic.twitter.com/193U1ox1Vs
While Zach Wilson gets a lot of the love, #BYU has some highly intriguing OL as well.— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) November 7, 2020
LT Brady Christensen (6-6, 300, Jr.) is having a really good year and has a chance to be a top 100 pick.
Having a great game so far. pic.twitter.com/DD8kZlNSep
Brady Christensen is a grown ass man out there at LT— Duke Manyweather (@BigDuke50) December 23, 2020
Hello @outlandtrophy . This is Brady Christensen. Find me a better college pass set..I’ll wait! Put him on your list please. Smooth operator! pic.twitter.com/MLsAGoak2X— Eric Mateos (@CoachMateos) August 11, 2020
Watch #67 Brady Christensen your starting LT pull chip and finish so that Hadley can score a TD. #BYU #BCF pic.twitter.com/oAeGmU5Fby— Benjamin Criddle (@CriddleBenjamin) November 18, 2018
With longtime veteran blindside bookend Anthony Castonzo’s recent retirement, the Colts have a massive hole at starting left tackle right now—with no viable in-house options to successfully replace him in 2021.
Selecting Christensen at #21 overall would hopefully give the Colts their franchise left tackle, while allowing 3x First-Team All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson and emerging star right tackle Braden Smith to remain in their more natural positions going forward.
Christensen would no doubt have some big shoes to fill replacing ‘Big A.C.’, but he has been regarded as one of the top offensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft class.
Given the Colts’ immediate need on the left side, he’s a prospect worth monitoring.