INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts 2013 draft class is complete. After selecting DE Bjoern Warren in the first round and OG Hugh Thornton in the third round the team continued with it’s theme of adding to the trenches on the final day of the draft.
In the fourth round the Colts went after protection for quarterback Andrew Luck, drafting center Khaled Holmes from USC. He has a lot of versatility, Holmes lined up at offensive guard during his sophomore year with the Trojans before transitioning to center in his final two seasons.
General manger Ryan Grigson isn’t sure where Holmes will land on the offensive line adding “that is what training camp is for.”
The Colts also hope Holmes will bring some sort of consistency up front, after a rotating door last season. At the center position alone the Colts saw three different players snap the ball to Luck (Mike McGlynn, Samson Satele and A.Q. Shipley).
“It’s a lesson learned. There were only four games where we had all off the starters playing together,” said Grigson.
In the fifth round the Colts added a defensive weapon, selecting defensive tackle Montori Hughes from Tennessee-Martin. The139th overall pick was acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Colts’ 2014 fourth round pick. Hughes should be a perfect fit at nose guard for Head Coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defense.
In round six the Colts took a chance on a player coming off of an injury to both knees, safety John Boyett. The 192nd overall selection spent three full seasons with the Oregon Ducks. However, he appeared in only one game his senior season after having surgery to repair partial tears of both patellar tendons.
The Colts wrapped up the day with two picks in the seventh round. First they selected Kerwynn Williams a running back from Utah State. In his senior season he amassed 2,225 all-purpose yards and finished 13th nationally with 116.31 yards per game on the ground. Williams has spent time as a return specialist in college and that could be where he earns his place as a rookie.
“I’m looking to help the team anyway I can whether it be returning kicks or covering kicks,” added Williams.
For the second straight year the Colts held the final pick in the draft. The honor of Mr. Irrelevant went to TE Justice Cunningham from South Carolina. In his final season he played in all 13 games for the Gamecocks, catching 23 passes for 324 yards.
“The guys that we just added over the last three days in the draft, our locker room is really strong. Our team got way better,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano.