Saturday, April 24, 2010
Colts add Eldridge as run-blocking aide
By Paul Kuharsky
There is more than the offensive line that goes into run blocking, of course. That’s why I thought there was a long-shot chance of the Colts trading out of the 31st overall pick in the first round and taking Rob Gronkowski from Arizona.
The Colts stayed put and went with defensive end Jerry Hughes, while Gronkowski went 42nd to the Patriots.
But Indy did address the position at pick No. 162 with Brody Eldridge from Oklahoma.
At 6-foot-5 and 261 pounds, he’s two inches and six pounds bigger than Gijon Robinson, the incumbent blocking tight end, and two inches and 11 pounds heavier than another tight end who can block, Tom Santi.
From what I’ve read, he’s a guy with fullback and interior line experience who’s not much of a pass-catching threat but can bring some fire to blocking work.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m. ET:
Polian: “We thought Gijon could fill that role, that was his strong suit in college. This young man is much stouter, much stronger.”
Jim Caldwell: “He’s a guy that is a very fine in-line blocker, one that you’ll be able to see can handle the edge, both from a pass protection standpoint and also from a run game standpoint. He certainly will be able to give us some help in our short-yardages situations. He’s a guy that is going to have to develop a little bit, in terms of the passing game, but overall, I think he’s going to be a great addition for us.”