Ryan Kelly quickly adjusted to being the Colts number one pick last year.
Kelly was the rock under center that the Colts had been searching for since Jeff Saturday left in 2011. In 626 passing snaps last season, Kelly did not give up a single sack. And he was one of two rookies to start all 16 games.
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Recently, Kelly was put on Elliot Harrison’s All-Under-25 team. Here is what Harrison had to say on the rookie.
Man, there were a number of impactful rookies on the offensive line last year. Kelly helped a Colts unit filled with youth gel late in the season. Case in point: The must-win game in Minnesota, when Indy started three rookies up front without allowing so much as one sack against the vaunted Vikings defense. They shut out the Raiders the next week, too. Kelly didn’t allow one all season.
Much like Saturday, the Colts are expecting Kelly to anchor the offensive line for the next decade. And if his rookie season is any glimpse into that, the Colts made the right pick last year.