Eldridge clearly wasn't selected for his pass-catching ability — he caught just two passes in 2009 and had just 13 for his career — but rather for his versatility and offensive lineman-like mindset.
Eldridge started at both center and guard last season at Oklahoma, and also played some fullback during his Sooner career, in addition to tight end. There is a chance the team could take him on as an offensive line project — at 6-feet-5, 265 pounds, he may have the frame to add 30-40 pounds and move inside to tackle or guard.
If he does stay at tight end, then current backups at the second tight end/H-back position had to have sat up and taken notice of the selection. Gijon Robinson is the starter there, but his play at the position has left a lot to be desired — and while Eldridge wasn't drafted to catch the ball, it wouldn't take much to be a better alternative in the passing game.
Third-year players Tom Santi and Jacob Tamme have both shown flashes of potential, but neither has been able to carve out a role in their two seasons on the team. Santi is a prototypical, in-line tight end, while Tamme is the better receiving option.
Eldridge appears to be a very technically sound run-blocker. How the Colts plan to use him is still a bit of a mystery, however.
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