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PFF’s Updated 2021 NFL Mock Draft Has the Colts Selecting BYU OT Brady Christensen Boca Raton Bowl - BYU v Central Florida Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

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:


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:

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.