The Colts took a break from drafting defensive players to take some offensive linemen late in the draft.
Javon Patterson was one of the two offensive lineman the Colts took in the seventh round of the draft. Patterson is a center from Ole Miss who played a lot of football. The Colts are pretty happy to be able to get someone of his caliber that late in the draft.
Patterson is a very versatile lineman who has the ability to play all of the interior positions along the offensive line. That versatility is something that the Colts really love because it allows Patterson to backup three different guys on the line if necessary.
At this point, that is all Patterson projects to be; a backup. There is a reason he slid to the seventh round. He just doesn’t quite have the talent to be a starter long-term in the league, at least right now. That is something he can work really hard at in the pros.
Being a backup in the NFL isn’t anything to scoff at either. Patterson could end up being a really good backup and start some games in the league. Having a good, versatile backup offensive lineman is something every team in the league is looking for.
Patterson won’t accept a limitation on his play though. He will keep fighting hard to be the best player he can possibly be and achieve his dream of being a starting offensive lineman. With Ryan Kelly‘s injury history, that might be fulfilled sooner than later. You never know.