Colts take center Javon Patterson with final pick
The final pick that the Colts had in 2019 was one they traded up to get. They took center Javon Patterson with that pick.
Javon Patterson was the final pick for the Colts in the 2019 draft. He was picked after the Colts traded Hassan Ridgway for the 246th overall pick. It was a significant move for the team to make for a seventh round draft pick that is towards the bottom of the round.
Ridgeway was a player who always showed flashes of good play, but could never put it together on a consistent basis. It was frustrating to watch. Clearly, the Colts were tired of watching that, so they shipped him off in exchange for a 7th round pick.
As far as that pick is concerned, Patterson increases the depth along the offensive line. He is a center out of Ole Miss, but has played all of the interior line positions. He has good reach with his arms and does a good job of keeping players in front of him.
The problem with him though is that he doesn’t drive players back well and has struggled a little bit with inconsistency. He is good enough to be a backup player right now though, which is what he was drafted for. He can be a good backup to Ryan Kelly for the next few years.
Depth along the offensive line is something that is a premium for all of the teams in the league. Chris Ballard wants to build it there for sure, as well as all the positions on the roster. Patterson gives the Colts some confidence in their philosophy of building that depth.