Indianapolis Colts select C Ryan Kelly with No. 18 pick in 2016 NFL draft
With the No. 18 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Alabama C Ryan Kelly.
The Colts and general manager (Ryan Grigson) have made their share of questionable picks the last few years, but this is a safe pick. Andrew Luck has been getting killed with pressure up the middle, and Kelly can come right in and improve that line. He's a road-grader at the point of attack, but he can also get moving up to the second level and dominate when asked to seal-block linebackers and safeties. Kelly becomes the first sure center for the franchise since Jeff Saturday.
Strengths: A slightly overlooked potential Round 1 pick at an underappreciated position. Kelly is more athletic than he is given credit for, but really gets the job done with smarts and strength. He can hold his own in the trenches. Even better, he generates a consistent push in the run game. —Chris Burke
Weaknesses: NFL nose tackles may overpower him one-on-one. Square peg, round hole for a zone-blocking team. —CB