2021 NFL Draft Live Blog: Latest updates, analysis on Colts’ draft developments

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Kwity Paye as the 21st selection by the Indianapolis Colts during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2021 NFL Draft is upon us, and like 31 other teams, the Indianapolis Colts will be busy trying to improve their roster.

Atop the Colts’ list of needs is a starting left tackle, a position left vacant after Anthony Castonzo’s retirement. Indianapolis added to their pass rush with their first two picks by selecting Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye 21st overall and Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo in the second round, 54 overall.

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May 1, 6:30 p.m.

FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, file photo, Penn State offensive lineman Will Fries (71) plays against Washington during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

With their last pick in the draft, the Colts finally take an offensive tackle in Penn State’s Will Fries.

Fries was a four-year starter at Penn State and played several positions along the offensive line. With 32 ⅞” arms, Friers does’t have ideal length for a tackle, suggesting he may be best suited at guard in the NFL.

“He’s just average, but might have enough skill level to find his way into a backup guard role as a Day 3 selection,” said NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.

May 1, 5:46 p.m.

With the first pick in the seventh round (229 overall), the Colts draft wide receiver Mike Strachan out of Charleston.

While certainly a project, Strachan is a mammoth receiver with a 6’5″, 226-pound frame, 10″ hands and 4.5 speed. He earned first-team All-Mountain East Conference honors in 2018 and 2019 with 27 touchdowns in 22 games during that span. Charleston did not have a fall football season in 2020.

May 1, 5:13 p.m.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws a pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on December 5, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

In a bit of a surprise, the Indianapolis Colts take quarterback Sam Ehlinger out of Texas with the 218th overall pick.

The 6’1″, 220-pound Ehlinger is a duel-threat QB who passed for 11,436 yards, 94 TDs and 27 INTs across four seasons at Texas while rushing for another 1,907 yards and 33 scores. He’ll compete for backup duties with 2020 fourth round pick Jacob Eason.

May 1, 4:38 p.m.

The Colts have traded pick 206 to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for picks 218 and 229.

May 1, 2:57 p.m.

American Team defensive back Shawn Davis of Florida (6) runs after an interception during the American Team practice for the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

With their fifth round pick (165 overall), the Colts chose Florida safety Shawn Davis.

“Hard-hitting safety whose size, toughness and urgent demeanor will be appealing for NFL teams looking to add some attitude on the back end,” wrote NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. Davis measured in at 5’11”, 202 lbs but was unable to complete his pro day workout after tweaking his hamstring during the 40-yard dash. He adds depth to Indy’s secondary and will contribute immediately on special teams.

May 1, 1:09 p.m.

Southern Methodist tight end Kylen Granson (83) competes against Texas State during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 in San Marcos, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

The Indianapolis Colts use their fourth round pick to add a pass catcher in tight end Kylen Granson out of SMU.

At 6’1½”, 241 lbs, Granson is an undersized, hybrid tight end who uses his athleticism — 4.64 40-yard dash, 36½” vertical jump, 6.93 3-cone — to make plays after the catch. He earned first-team All-AAC honors in 2020 and was extremely productive at SMU with 78 catches for 1,257 yards (16.1 YPC) and 14 touchdowns over his final two seasons.

Granson won’t offer much as a blocker and has had issues with drops, but the Colts are hoping he develops into a mismatch weapon to utilize in space.

May 1, 12:08 p.m.

Day 3 of the draft is in progress as the Jacksonville Jaguars are officially on the clock.

April 30, 9:12 p.m.

Unless the Colts execute a trade, their day is over. Indianapolis’ traded its third round pick to Philadelphia as part of the Carson Wentz trade. Round 4 of the draft begins Saturday at noon.

April 30, 8:49 p.m.

Defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo #10 of the Vanderbilt Commodores celebrates after making a sack against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Indianapolis Colts continue to add to their defensive line by selecting Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo in the second round, 54 overall.

Odeyingbo, like Paye, is another athletic marvel with rare physical traits. He measured in at 6’5”, about 285 lbs with lengthy 35 1/4 inch arms. He may have heard his name called earlier if he hadn’t torn his Achilles prior to the Senior Bowl in January. Still, the Colts must have liked what they saw during the fall when Odeyingbo led Vandy with 5.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss in 8 games in 2020.

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April 30, 8:43 p.m.

One pick ahead of the Colts, the division rival Tennessee Titans select another offensive tackle — Dillon Radunz out of North Dakota.

April 30, 8:34 p.m.

Five offensive tackles have now gone in the second round as the Washington Football Team selects Samuel Cosmi out of Texas with the 51st pick.

April 30, 8:11 p.m.

Back-to-back offensive tackles have now come off the board as the Cincinnati Bengals select Clemson’s Jackson Carman at pick 46.

April 30, 8:09 p.m.

Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little comes off the board at pick 46 to the Jacksonville Jaguars as the Colts’ list of options at offensive tackle continues to shrink.

April 30, 7:55 p.m.

There goes another tackle. The Miami Dolphins selected Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg 42nd overall, eliminating the chance for Indianapolis to pair him with Quenton Nelson for a Fighting Irish duo on the left side of the offensive line.

April 30, 7:48 p.m.

The Chicago Bears have made Teven Jenkins the first offensive tackle chosen on Day 2, leaving one less option for the Colts as Indianapolis looks to fill their hole at left tackle.

April 30, 7:18 p.m.

Here we go! The Jacksonville Jaguars get the second day of the draft rolling by selecting cornerback Tyson Campbell out of Georgia.

April 29, 12:10 a.m.

The first round of the NFL Draft has concluded. Round 2 begins Friday at 7 p.m. E.T.

April 29, 10:53 p.m.

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Indianapolis Colts add to their pass rush by selecting Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye 21st overall.

Paye is a freak athletic who put his physical gifts on display at his pro day with a 4.52 40-yard dash, 35.5” vertical jump and 36 bench reps at 6’2”, 261 lbs and with 33 inch arms. Despite his athleticism, Paye’s college production left something to be desired. He recorded 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss and 66 total tackles over his last 16 games (2019 and 2020).

April 29, 10:29 p.m.

Another offensive tackle has been drafted, but the pick comes as a surprise to many. The Las Vegas Raiders have selected Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood with the 17th overall pick, a tad earlier than most thought he would go.

April 29, 10:05 p.m.

With the 13th overall pick, the Los Angeles Chargers took offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, leaving one less OT available for the Colts.

April 29, 10:00 p.m.

April 29, 9:14 p.m.

The top offensive tackle prospect is off the board after the Detroit Lions selected Penei Sewell out of Oregon with the seventh overall pick.

April 29, 8:26 p.m.

It’s begun! The Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off the draft by selecting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall. There’s a new gunslinger in the AFC South.

April 29, 7:23 p.m.

The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

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