After veteran Anthony Castonzo resigned in January, the Indianapolis Colts left a legitimate hole in the trenches.
While General Manager Chris Ballard has plenty of options in the free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft, Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski paired the Colts with the standout Virginia Tech who attacked Christian Darrisaw in the first round of his latest mock draft.
“Anthony Castonzo’s resignation left a 6’7” hole in one of the NFL’s best offensive fronts.
“The Indianapolis Colts have already met their greatest off-season need by agreeing to take over quarterback Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles. General Manager Chris Ballard must now work to protect and secure Wentz’s blind side at the same time that the top five of the Colts remain an outstanding group.
“Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw is typically overlooked in the same class by Oregon’s Penei Sewell and Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater, but no Power Five attacking lineman did better last season. Pro Football Focus rated the All-ACC top performer first team as the best run in college football. ” – and pass blockers.
“Darrisaw is great at playing with a great base, the athleticism to consistently get to level two and work in space, and doing a bit of a nasty series.
“If the Colts mate Darrisaw with Quenton Nelson on the left side of their offensive line, they could keep control of the scrimmage line and make Wentz’s life a lot easier.”
Putting Darrisaw alongside Nelson and center Ryan Kelly for the next 8 to 10 years would be a nightmare for opposing defense and would allow Wentz to thrive behind arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.
While I can’t see Darrisaw dropping to 21st overall, it would be a lot of fun to see Ballard grab a top three tackle in the draft class if he doesn’t act back.
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