By Kevin Hickey
We continue looking at the Indianapolis Colts offensive line for our training camp previews, highlighting right tackle Braden Smith.
Name: Braden Smith
Year Drafted: 2018 (second round)
Despite being drafted by the Colts in the second round of the 2018 draft as a guard out of Auburn, Smith made the switch to right tackle ahead of the Week 5 prime-time matchup with the New England Patriots.
The rookie excelled protecting the edge, leading the Colts to see how long they could put him at right tackle. Smith showed he could be a potential long-term asset at right tackle on an offensive line that is expected to be one of the best units in the league.
The Colts don’t appear to have any plans of moving Smith back to the inside unless they absolutely have to. He showed plenty of promise during his rookie season at right tackle.
He will enter training camp as the starter with a few improvements to make—especially with his punch and footwork—but he’s one of the young bright spots on an intriguing offensive unit.
The Colts brought in Howard Mudd and Chris Strausser to lead the offensive line and help with fundamentals and technique, which should help Smith improve his...