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Colts All-Pro Center Ryan Kelly Debuts on the ‘NFL Top 100’ as the League’s 69th Best Player

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Indianapolis Colts All-Pro center Ryan Kelly recently debuted on the ‘NFL Top 100’, as he was ranked as the league’s 69th best overall player entering the 2021 campaign.

Regarding the NFL Top 100, it “will air during the 2021 offseason as a lead up to the start of the Regular Season. For the eleventh consecutive year, current NFL players will vote to determine the top 100 players in the NFL.”

Here’s Kelly making his inaugural appearance below:

The former 2016 first round pick of the Colts has made 66 career starts for Indianapolis over the past 5 seasons and has quickly ascended into one of the top players at his position—and in the league collectively.

Kelly made 15 starts for the Colts last season earning NFL 2nd-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors (the latter for the second time in his career).

Per PFF (subscription), Kelly was their 13th best ranked center in 2020, earning a +68.0 overall grade. In pass protection, the Colts’ prized center allowed just 2.0 sacks and 13 total QB pressures during 605 total pass blocking snaps. In run blocking, Kelly was of course an interior force in grading the road for rookie running back star Jonathan Taylor to rush for over 1,100 yards and have 11 trips to pay dirt.

Still only 28 years old, Kelly is an undisputed anchor and alpha dog of Indianapolis’ standout-studded offensive line and should remain so for the foreseeable future.

It’s great to see him receive well-earned recognition from his peers on a national stage for the first time.