We continue to look at breakout candidates by looking at the offensive line. It was one of the leagues’ best last season, and should be even better with this guy.
The Colts ended last season with the league’s best offensive line. They played as a cohesive unit and were dominating in the trenches. Their play was one of the biggest surprises in the league. But they could be even better if their breakout candidate continues his stellar play.
Braden Smith is the breakout guy for the offensive line. He was just a rookie last season and wasn’t even in the starting lineup to begin the year. But then he was thrust into that role after some injuries took their toll. Smith was drafted as a guard but played right tackle.
Smith is now going to be the starting right tackle this season. That’s because of how well he played throughout the year. But he should be even better in his second year. With Howard Mudd being brought back to help the offensive line, Smith’s potential should be unlocked.
Having a right tackle play so well at such a young age is crucial for the Colts. They don’t have to spend big money to find one in free agency because of how good Smith played. Everyone knows that Quenton Nelson was an All-Pro last year. But Smith can be just as good.
Smith just needs the opportunity to grow into his role. That takes time. But he could play at a Pro Bowl level this season already. That’s how good his technique is and his drive to get better. He will be a great player for years to come, and will break out this season.