Colt Scout: ACC Center Draws Colts Attention

ColtPower has learned from two of our sources that both Colts president Bill Polian and one of the team's scouts have been spotted on different occasions watching an ACC center in action. Find out who it is and how he could fit in the Colts' 2007 draft plans.

Dustin Fry
C, Clemson

Numbers: 6'2 (6027) / 322 pounds / 5.28 forty-speed (estimated)

The player: If you're looking for a lineman with finesse, you'll probably want to pass on Dustin Fry. The spiritual (and physical) center of Clemson's powerful front five, Fry is a throwback player who impresses with strength, explosiveness and determination. An old-school street brawler who backs down from nobody, Fry loves getting his hands dirty in the trenches and appears to get personally offended by any defenders who get in his space. He has good use of his arms and hands and handles nose tackles well, and can absolutely destroy unprotected inside linebackers. While his footwork at this point is somewhat primitive, his attention to detail and command of his own skills help him consistently grade out in the 90s. He is a smart and coachable young man who understands defensive plans and could well improve in this area. Though not a classic sweep-leading puller, Fry is a load in space and makes plays on the second-level, especially leading for screens.

How he fits: While Fry's not a Nick Mangold who can step in on Day 1 of training camp and look like a 10-year veteran, he has a bright NFL future and the potential to be a reliable starter. His biggest adjustment may not be the speed of the game, but the fact that NFL tackles aren't as easy to throw around as those in the ACC. Fry's gotten a lot of mileage out of being the strongest guy around and may have to rely more on better technique in the pros. The Colts love to draft centers and audition them at any of the three interior positions. Although he doesn't exactly fit the Colts' prototype of a quick, athletic inside man, they could use a bigger, tougher guy there and Fry could provide the very nastiness they've been missing. With good coaching, he could well be a starter in his second year. While he hasn't played guard since high school, he could be better off there in the pros. Right now, his names been bandied about the fourth and fifth rounds, but he'll likely be drafted higher once teams see his workouts and because good centers are becoming more coveted.

Reminds me of: Andre Gurode, a Cowboys second-round pick who took a while to develop but is now a reliable starter.

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