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Colts Draft North Dakota State Offensive Tackle Joe Haeg In Round Five

Intro: For the third time in six picks, the Colts took an offensive lineman. North Dakota State product Joe Haeg was the selection in Round Five of the 2016 NFL Draft.


INDIANAPOLIS – There's no question the Colts' serious emphasis in addressing the offensive line this draft.

With pick No. 155, North Dakota State's Joe Haeg was the name dialed up in Round Five.

Haeg made 31 starts at left tackle and 29 at right tackle during his time at NDSU.

Getting To Know Joe Haeg-Why Haeg?

After blocking for No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz in college, Joe Haeg is now going to be asked to protect Andrew Luck in the NFL. Haeg was a former walk-on at North Dakota State who put on more than 50 pounds of weight early in his collegiate career. Once the physical stature was there to handle college football, Heag started 60 games in four years (31 at left tackle, 29 at right tackle).-Senior Bowl/Combine Showcase

Where Haeg really impressed this offseason was in the months of January and February. At the Senior Bowl, Haeg had the second-best grade during team drills (per Pro Football Focus). Then at the Combine, Heag finished top-five in the following drills: broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Haeg's one official Combine interview was with the Colts.-Haeg's Pro Position

Haeg's past play, frame and athleticism has a definite tackle fit to it. The Colts won't need Haeg to start from Day One, but he gives this team another young tackle to groom behind Anthony Castonzo. In this draft, the Colts have found a true center (Ryan Kelly), a guard/tackle combo (Le'Raven Clark) and a tackle with experience on both sides (Joe Heag).

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