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Bucky Brooks Projects the Colts to Select Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw in his 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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According to NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, the Indianapolis Colts are projected to select Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw with the 21st overall pick in his 2021 NFL Mock Draft:

Pick 21

Indianapolis Colts

Christian Darrisaw · OT

School: Virginia Tech | Year: Junior

The recent retirement of Anthony Castonzo prompts GM Chris Ballard to fill the left tackle spot with a nimble, big-bodied edge blocker.

The 6’5”, 314 pound junior offensive tackle started in all 9 games this past season on the blindside for the Hokies—earning 2020 First-Team All-ACC honors.

He also started all 13 games at left tackle as a sophomore in 2019.

Here’s his scouting report via NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah:

“Darrisaw was a solid, reliable starter at left tackle during his career with the Hokies. He has ideal size, length and balance. In the passing game, he has average foot quickness in his set but can bend his knees and plays with a firm base. He has a sharp two-hand punch and generally keeps defenders away from his chest. He plays with excellent awareness. He uses his upper-body strength to torque and turn defenders in the run game. He takes good angles to the second level, where he’s able to position and wall off linebackers. He will have some trouble adjusting in space because of his average change-of-direction skills. I view Darrisaw as a player who’ll be starting at right tackle very early in his NFL career.”

Here’s what others are saying:

Of course, the Colts have a glaring hole at starting left tackle as longtime veteran blindside bookend Anthony Castonzo retired earlier this offseason, and the team has no viable in-house replacement to fill his giant void.

Already pretty polished, Darrisaw seems like a plug-and-play starter at left tackle—although it does appear as though there’s some pro projection that he’s more of a natural offensive guard or right tackle at the next level to be aware of.