What the Colts are getting in OT Blake Freeland

The Indianapolis Colts continue their trend of the 2023 NFL draft by addressing needs with the selection of offensive tackle Blake Freeland.

The tall (6-foot-8) tackle prospect helps fill the need for depth for the position and also gives Bernhard Raimann some competition for the starting left tackle spot.

Freeland just isn’t a big player, he also is one of the more athletic tackle prospects to enter the league. His 10-yard split, vertical jump, and broad jump were the best numbers among all offensive linemen at the combine.

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According to his RAS score, he has good to elite athletic grades and ranks as the 23rd-best tackle since 1987.

His traits are what helped him translate to the position because he didn’t start playing on the offensive line until his freshman year of college. In high school, he played quarterback, tight end, and defensive end. He also was a state champion in shot put and javelin while also earning All-State honors in basketball.

Despite not having any experience playing in the trenches, Freeland was a four-year starter at BYU. He played at both tackle spots so he gives the Colts a swing tackle option if Raimann does secure the left tackle spot as most expect. He uses his length to his advantage in his pass blocks and can tie up rushers with his hands.

You can see his footwork in open space and does a very well job at climbing to the second level to secure rushing lanes for his backs.

The biggest thing that he will have to work on is his technique playing the position. Which will come with time playing the position since he is still relatively new to it. He can play with a high pad level which doesn’t help him win with leverage. Freeland can also have his struggles with edge rushers that bring a variety of moves.


Overall, Indianapolis lands an athletic tackle that has the tools to develop into a quality starter at either tackle spots. His addition also gives some competition in training camp for the left tackle spot and a future option at right tackle with Braden Smith only having two years left on his deal after the 2023 season.

Story originally appeared on Colts Wire