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Colts Upgrade the O-Line with Anthony Costanzo at 22 Overall

The Colts have been looking at ways to upgrade their offensive line, and did it in the first round on Thursday night with the pick of Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Costanzo.

Here’s the Scouting Report on Costanzo:

Strengths: Costanzo is a high effort player who consistently shows good overall technique. Has sound fundamentals, well coached, and uses technique to gain leverage on opponents in the run game. Works to get inside hand placement and plays with consistent knee bend, playing balanced and disciplined. Ideal height and arm length for the position. He will extend arms at the snap and jolt oppenent with heavy hands. Puts himself in proper position to handle outside speed rush; good initial kick out in release to get depth in his pass protection. Shows enough quickness to consistently get to the second level and neutralize linebackers and safeties. Can pull and trap effectively to open running lanes inside with above-adequate quickness. Has enough foot quickness to re-direct on double moves in pass protection. Tough. Plays to the whistle. Good lateral quickness to angle block. Consistently plays over his pads.

Needs Improvement: Athleticism is only above-adequate. Won’t be able to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage with the same consistency unless size and strength improve. Not extremely quick off the snap, can be buckled back against athetic opponents with a good combination of quickness and strength; may always have trouble with elite edge rushers. Shows some trouble handling a quick initial inside move which may lead to holding calls and a loss of leverage. Will have trouble adjusting quickly in space against some NFL linebackers. Size and bulk must improve to be elite.

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Matt’s Take: While some thought the Colts were going to push the button and go QB in round one, they did what they should have done, and took a guy that can help protect Peyton Manning on the o-line in Costanzo. He’s a big body that should develop nicely, and this was a needed pick for a team that still feels they can challenge in the AFC as long as they can keep Manning upright.

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