Colts Prospect: Ryan Keenan

The Colts make a habit of recruiting smart, athletic lineman, even if they're a bit small. Keenan certainly fits the bill, but does the team have room for another prospect at the position?

Ryan Keenan G Northwestern

The numbers: 6041/299/4.95

The player: Looking for a smart, athletic offensive lineman and don't mind if he's a bit raw and a tad undersized? Step right up. Northwestern's Keenan fits the bill perfectly.

The coaches at Northwestern didn't know what to do with him and moved him from defensive tackle to offensive tackle to tight end to guard and then back to offensive tackle. Although he has a lot to learn at the position, he has great short-area quickness and awesome leg drive for a man his size. He has quick feet, but doesn't really know how to use them in pass-pro. A mean downfield blocker, Keenan may lunge and lean on run plays, but if he hits his man, he stays hit until the whistle blows. A weight-room fanatic and a shot putter, Keenan has surprising upper body strength, but has yet to discover what his arms are for.

A solid citizen, he chose Northwestern over some bigger programs for academic reasons.

Reminds me of: Jake Scott.

How he fits: Hard to believe a prospect could scream "Colts draft me!" more than this guy. Not only does Keenan fit their M.O., but he even wants to be a Colt. In one pre-draft interview, Keenan praised the Colts' inner three and expressed an interest to be just like them.

But the addition of prodigal guard Rick DeMulling may have created something of a logjam inside. With DeMulling, Ryan Lilja, Jeff Saturday, Dylan Gandy, Matt Ulrich and a couple of prospects under contract and Scott a restricted free agent, there may not be much room for a guy like Keenan.

A second-day prospect, the Colts may just find Keenan too hard to pass up.


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