2010 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 5

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With the 162nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma

Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma

Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma


  • HT: 6'5 / WT: 261 / 40: 4.85
  • Career: Started at TE, OG, C
  • 2009 Second-Team All Big-12


Eldridge is a versatile player on the offensive line, having played Center, Guard, and Tight End; but his primary strength is as a run-blocking Tight End. Eldridge is considered by many as one of, if not the, best run-blocking Tight Ends in the draft. It is highly likely that the Colts drafted Eldridge for precisely that role, as he would be an incredibly small OG, even by previous Colts' standards.

Player Comparisons:



Draft Analysis:

  • NFL.com

    The Colts just picked the best blocking TE in the entire draft. Eldridge started games at center, guard, and tight end this season for the Sooners. In fact, he was an all-conference FB as well. He's nasty, he's tough and he will upgrade the Colts' run game and be a tremendous complement to Dallas Clark.

  • Yahoo Sports

    Has played both tight end and offensive line for the Sooners over the past couple years and give the Colts one of the better blocking tight ends in the draft.

Scouting Reports

  • NFL.com (Grade: 2.0)

    Eldridge is a big, powerful blocking tight end who has very limited receiving skills and lacks the speed to be any kind of threat downfield. He has struggled to stay healthy for a full season and missed time due to a neck injury during his senior year. He also spent some time at guard to take advantage of his size and pass-blocking skills. He can be a powerful blocker once he gets his hands on opponents but also can be late off the snap and often gets beaten by quick defensive linemen. He could get a look as either an offensive lineman or tight end but will need time to develop.

  • SI.com (Grade: 2.27 - Practice Squad)

    Positives: Well-sized blocking tight end who will also get consideration as a developmental offensive lineman at the next level. Blocks with good knee bend, leverage, and quickly gets off the snap into defenders. Strong, turns opponents off the middle of the line and plays with good awareness. Keeps his head on a swivel, displays good vision, and works until the whistle blows. Keeps his feet moving in pass protection and anchors at the point of attack.

    Negatives: Stiff, over-extends into blocks and lacks balance. Marginal speed and not much of a pass-catching threat.

    Analysis: Eldridge has done a terrific job in his role the past four seasons and effectively helped out when called upon to play on the offensive line last season. We like him best as a blocking tight end brought onto the field during short-yardage situations.

  • National Football Post (Grade: 5.7 - Backup/Depth Caliber / Rank: #22 TE)

    Eldridge is a limited athlete who struggles sliding his feet laterally in pass protection. He lacks the power to hold off opposing linemen once they gain a step on him. But he does a nice job getting off the ball quickly in the run game and working his legs through contact. He possesses a strong upper body and is tough to shed at the point of attack, but he lacks the fluidity to stay in front of defenders in space. Isn't much of a threat in the pass game. Lacks natural hands and the athleticism to separate against man coverage at the next level. He saw time during the 2009 season at left guard and showcased the fluidity to slide laterally and hold his own inside. He obviously needs to add weight, but he does have some intrigue as a potential No. 3 tight end or developmental offensive lineman.

  • NFL Draft Countdown (Rating: 1 Star / Projection: Round 6/7/FA/ Rank: #16 TE)

    (No Analysis)

  • Fox Sports

    Listed at tight end, Eldridge is more of a jack of all trades on the offensive line, having also started at center and guard during his senior season. He would have seen fewer snaps at tight end had Sooners star Jermaine Gresham not suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to the opener. Eldridge caught a total of 13 passes for 98 yards and one score during his four-year career, but his value lies nearly entirely in his blocking ability. He is big, strong, powerful and has an excellent work ethic. His biggest negative is a lack of speed, which not only inhibits his ability to be a receiver, but also can make him slow off the line and give him occasional trouble blocking quicker defenders. Durability is also a concern. Eldridge missed the end of his senior season due to a stress fracture in his neck, which he says has fully healed. Eldridge should get a look in some team's training camp, but whether he's drafted appears iffy. He'll garner interest from teams looking for a blocker to fill in at tight end or other spots along the line in emergency situations.

  • WalterFootball (Rank: #33 TE / Projection: FA)

    (No Analysis)


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