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Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 9, 2013 – 9:59 am

This time of year NFL rosters are changing on almost a daily basis and that was the case for the Colts on Thursday morning.

The Colts acquired a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for center A.Q. Shipley.

How does this trade impact the Colts?

From a pick standpoint, this gives the Colts another selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Getting that additional pick helps offset a trade in this year’s draft where the Colts moved into the fifth round (to select Montori Hughes) by giving up a 2013 fourth round selection.

Colts GM Ryan Grigson has shown that some of his strongest picks have come on the later days of the draft so another pick provides a chance to potentially nab the next Vick Ballard or LaVon Brazill.

Losing Shipley at the center position means that 2012 fourth round pick Khaled Holmes will be counted on this season.

Last year, Shipley was a vital cog along the interior of the Colts offensive line, starting five games and filling in at both the guard and center position.

Starting center Samson Satele is back and after that it’s Holmes that will challenge the seven-year veteran for playing time.

The Colts still have ample depth along the interior of the offensive line and this move indicates that the personnel department feels very comfortable with the potential of Holmes and fellow rookie Hugh Thornton.


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