Center Position Value in the Draft From the Colts Point of View

As we get closer to draft day, there’s chatter about the Colts looking at the center spot, and finding the guy that could eventually take the spot of Jeff Saturday. Today Colts fan site Coltzilla has the value at the center spot and who could be there for the Colts.

In 2008, Bill Polian initiated his “planning for Jeff Saturday’s departure from football” strategy. Three of the Colts picks were center prospects, presumably with hopes that one of the three would become Saturday’s successor. To date, if there is any certainty about Indy’s future at the position it certainly is not known to those who cover the team — amateur and professional analysts alike.

Saturday remains the “quarterback of the offensive line,” but is entering what could be his last productive year. Former 2008 second round pick Mike Pollak has taken turns with Kyle DeVan and Jeff Linkenbach starting at right guard. He would have to be one of the front runners on the current roster to replace Saturday — although fellow 2008 pick, Jamey Richard (seventh round) started four games in place of Saturday as a rookie. Richard may still be in competition for the job — he could even be the favorite.

The only other player already in Indianapolis who — it is rumored — may be groomed to replace Saturday is 2010 fourth round pick Jacques McClendon. Although McClendon played left guard for Tennessee in college, he has the strength and intelligence to spark a lot of interest from management and fans alike.

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