According to Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson, the Colts had a formal interview with Oregon State offensive lineman Andy Levitre at the Combine.
Levitre was a three-year starter with the Beavers at left and right tackle, appearing in 42 games with 39 starts. Given his size at 6-feet-3 and 306 pounds, though, he projects as a guard at the NFL level.
He is currently ranked as the third-rated guard by Scout.com's draft rankings and the 102nd player overall, which would place him in the late third or very early fourth round. Although he lacks the size and wingspan to be a regular starter at either tackle position — especially for a Colts, who place a premium on both at both tackle positions — he certainly has the experience and the footwork to fill in here and there, adding depth to whichever team selects him, as well as value to his draft prospects.
Although he ranked 21st overall in terms of offensive lineman at the Combine in the 40-yard dash with a time of 5.26 seconds, his 40 time actually ranked fourth among guards. More importantly, since straightline speed is overrated (or irrelevant) at the position, his time in the short shuttle — which measures agility and short area quickness — ranked fourth among all offensive linemen and first among guards.
An area of concern, though, and an area that Jon Torine will have to work on with him extensively if the Colts draft him, is his upper body strength, as he only had 23 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the Combine. Perhaps more of a concern is the fact that he chose to stand on that number at his Pro Day, simply focusing on his position drills.
It's unlikely that he thought 23 reps was a sufficient number for a player at his position, so the more likely reason for his decision not to participate is that he believed he couldn't improve upon that number.
Obviously that would be the first thing that Torine would want to work with Levitre on as soon as he reported to his first OTA and, obviously, upper body strength can be built up fairly quickly if you work at it. The important fact to take away is that Levitre, who will turn 23 in May, has not been a gym rat to this point in his life, so it is going to be an adjustment for him to put in the hours necessary to get stronger.
Given his tremendous athletic ability and the fact that he is naturally built and geared towards playing the guard position, his upper body strength is the only red flag and is possibly what dropped him to third overall, especially since durability is not a concern.
If he had played guard in college and posted a more formidable number of repetitions at either the Combine or his Pro Day, he may very well have been the number one prospect at the position, which certainly would have improved his overall draft position.
But, leaning too hard on that 102nd overall ranking would not a wise choice. There are only two men in front of him, after all, and they are ranked 50th and 60th respectively. It is extremely unlikely that there will be 42 selections between guards coming off the board, particularly when the number of teams that need a quality player at the position is taken into consideration.
Therefore, if the Colts are serious about Levitre, they will need take him in the second round at 61st overall to guarantee that they get him. With the other positions of need that they need to fill and since they addressed the interior of the offensive line in 2008, they would need to be very serious about Levitre to draft him where they would need to.
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