Colts hosted UConn OT Ryan Van Demark on pre-draft visit

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The Indianapolis Colts hosted former Connecticut offensive tackle Ryan Van Demark for a top-30 visit ahead of the 2022 NFL draft, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

With the draft quickly approaching, the Colts are rounding out their top-30 visits as they try to get as much information as possible on every prospect that might be on their draft board.

Demark had a strong pro day in front of a number of teams and the Colts have been among the organizations he visited during the pre-draft process.

Van Demark checks a lot of the boxes that the Colts have historically liked in their offensive tackles.

The senior out of Connecticut was a team captain for the Huskies in 2022. Those are two boxes the Colts like to see. He also measured in at 6-foot-6 and 307 pounds with 35 1/2-inch arms. Check, check and check.

He also spent his last three seasons at UConn playing left tackle as the starter, which shows that may be more of his natural position.

What’s also intriguing about Demark, who is expected to be drafted on Day 3, is his athletic profile. The fact that he posted a 4.5 in the short shuttle drill bodes well for his ability to reach his ceiling.

(Courtesy of Kent Lee Platte)

As Josh Norris of Underdog Fantasy has pointed out over the last few offseasons, an elite time in the short shuttle has an extremely high hit rate among offensive tackles.

That number doesn’t guarantee Van Demark will be a bonafide starter. But those who have hit close to the mark have hit their ceiling more often than not.

Van Demark may be best suited as a swing tackle working more in a depth role but given his athleticism and measurable, there would be no surprise if he wound up being one of the Colts’ selections on Day 3.

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