The Colts began the final day of the NFL draft with four picks and the fourth round selection came on the interior of the offensive line with Khaled Holmes from USC.
How does this pick impact the Colts?
Ryan Grigson made it clear during the offseason that the offensive line would be upgraded in 2013 and after three picks of the NFL Draft, he is holding true to that word.
Holmes, who started 37 games over four years, was considered one of the nation’s top centers at USC and battled through a high ankle sprain during his senior season.
Like most interior prospects, Holmes has the ability to slide over to guard and will join A.Q. Shipley as an offensive lineman that can snap the ball and play alongside the center position.
Holmes started 24 games at center and 13 at right guard during his time at USC.
Last year, Holmes was a Rimington Award Finalist, given to the nation’s top center.
In 2011, Holmes was apart of a Trojans offensive line that allowed the second fewest sacks in the nation (eight).
Holmes, who is the brother-in-law of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, hails from Mater Dei High School, which also produced former USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
The depth along the interior of the Colts offensive line all of a sudden has some quality depth with Holmes joining center Samson Satele and center/guard A.Q. Shipley.
At the guard position, returning starters Mike McGlynn and Joe Reitz will face competition from free agent addition Donald Thomas and third round draft pick Hugh Thornton.
Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano have stressed the need to keep quarterback Andrew Luck upright in 2013. The additions through free agency and the draft have given the Colts a “cauldron of competition” over the next few months along the offensive line.
It’s no secret that the line was a point of emphasis this offseason and these additions should allow Pep Hamilton to use his multitude weapons in the Colts new offensive scheme.
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