The Colts used their first pick in the fourth round to add depth and versatility to their offensive line, picking C/G Dylan Gandy out of Texas Tech. During his collegiate career Gandy gained experience at all three offensive line positions.
The Colts adding a player like Gandy to their offensive line fits right in with the theme of yesterday's draft choices. Bill Polian lauded the ability of all three of yesterday's picks -- CBs Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden, DE Vincent Burns -- to plug in to more than one position and add talent to the Colts' special teams.
"One of the things that was appealing to me about the players we took was if you got into emergency situations when injuries became a problem for you, and they were sufficiently versed in playing in the NFL you could switch them," Polian said. "Burns could play end or tackle and the two corners could play corner or safety. That's a very valuable commodity from the perspective of a general manager. These three guys also make your special teams better."
Gandy uses his hands very effectively as a blocker, and shows great intelligence, playing with leverage and maintaining good body positioning. At center, he was outstanding handling shotgun formation snaps and being alert about helping whichever teammate was getting overrun on a given play. But he struggled at times getting a strong enough push to help his running backs on plays up the middle.
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Intro: An All American academic selection for his entire career Gandy saw very little game action until his senior season. He did showcase his versatility though by playing every position along the line.
TFY's Take: After being a career backup, Gandy did a fine job with the first team as a senior. Played every position on the offensive line in college and could be a solid utility lineman in the NFL.
ColtPower's Take: Again the Colts go with a developmental prospect, but one that is extremely versatile and could be a backup at any OL position. But Gandy needs to add strength before he can expect to be a starter in the NFL. Like Burns and Hayden before him though, Gandy has plenty of upside and could develop into either a solid utility man or even a starter down the road.