The Colts finally moved away from their defensive trend and took an offensive guy in the 7th round, taking Jackson Barton.
The Colts had only drafted one offensive player before the seventh round. Then in the middle of the round, they took tackle Jackson Barton out of Utah. Barton is the first offensive lineman that the Colts added in the draft since the 7th round last season.
Barton is a very big human being at 6’7 and 313 pounds. Being that large, he still has pretty decent lateral movement on the outside. He does a good job keeping defensive ends away with his long reach and his solid technique. But he does have some concerns.
The reason why Barton didn’t get taken until the 7th round is because he doesn’t overpower anyone despite his size. He doesn’t drive opponents back very well and kind of just holds his ground. He is a prospect that can develop into a good player with the right coaching though.
Barton gives the Colts some more depth along the offensive line, which is something they want very much. Protecting Andrew Luck is the most important thing for this franchise. We saw how bad the team was without him, so they never want him hurt ever again.
Picking up Barton is a smart move because the Colts are likely going to get rid of Le’Raven Clark in training camp because of his poor play. Barton is a good prospect to get this late in the draft who could take Clark’s roster spot and play better than he ever did.