Colts given ‘A’ grade for drafting Ryan Kelly in 2016

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Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly has become one of the best at his positions since arriving as a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

After earning a big extension ahead of the 2020 season, Kelly has entrenched himself as the anchor of the offensive line and will be a key factor if Carson Wentz has success with his new team.

In grading each of the first-round picks in the 2016 NFL draft, Berry Werner of List Wire gave the Colts an “A” grade for the selection of Kelly.

The Colts scored big-time with center Ryan Kelly. The former Alabama star is the centerpiece of Indianapolis’ offensive line. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the best in the game. Grade: A

Though Kelly struggled with injuries during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he proved how strong his impact is when he’s on the field during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In 2020, Kelly allowed two sacks but just 12 total pressures during the 2020 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

With Kelly and left guard Quenton Nelson, the Colts have a strong duo on the interior. It has helped the play of right guard Mark Glowinski while the team will be searching for a new left tackle to protect the blindside of Carson Wentz this offseason.

While there are some big questions the Colts will have to face this offseason, it is a bit easier knowing they have the anchor of their offensive line locked up for the next few years.

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