Colts Pick Toudouze in the Fifth

The Colts selected an offensive tackle with experience at both the left and right side with their fifth-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, but don't assume that he'll only play there at the pro level.

TCU's Michael Toudouze became the fourth player selected in this year's draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Toudouze was picked up in the fifth round, number 162 overall, after the Colts sat out the fourth round due to trading that pick away last year to the Eagles.

Toudouze started all 11 games at left tackle his senior year at TCU and didn't allow a single sack. But don't jump to the conclusion that he'll be inserted at tackle on the Colts' depth chart. There's some that believe he actually projects better at guard at the pro level because his skills are more in the area of pure strength and hand technique rather than his lateral mobility. Most likely, you'll see Toudouze be utilized in similar fashion to Makoa Freitas, able to play practically any position on the line other than center.

Toudouze has a great reputation for excelling in the weight room, providing him with the strength to outmuscle opponents, especially in pass blocking. With 13 starts under his belt in 45 game appearances, Toudouze is unlikely to be a starter this year, but has such great potential that a year of working with Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd should do wonders for further cultivating his talent.

The 6-foot-6 Toudouze missed just one game during his collegiate career, and that was due to an illness, not injury.

ColtPower will have more on Michael Toudouze this week as we continue our analysis of the 2006 Draft.

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