Brody Eldridge: 6’5″, 261lbs — TE, Oklahoma University
Eldridge is yet another highly productive player out of a big time university, and he brings a very intriguing skill set to the Indianapolis Colts. Originally recruited to Oklahoma as a defensive end, he spent time at tight end and fullback during his first three seasons, earning First-Team All-Big 12 as a fullback in 2007. His senior season saw him open the year as the starting center, moving to tight end for the next four games, and then playing guard before a neck injury ended his season in November.
Eldridge’s versatility will come in very handy in the Colts offense, where he’ll likely be used as a blocking tight end, fullback, and as an H-Back, basically a roaming blocker out of the backfield. Gijon Robinson filled that role for the majority of last season, but Eldridge possesses the type of physicality at the point of attack the Colts were lacking, especially in short yardage situations. Bill Polian offered up this assessment:
“(Eldridge) is an outstanding tenacious blocker, physical, tough. He doesn’t have a lot of experience in the passing part of the game, but that’s that not what we were looking for. We were looking for someone who could improve our blocking at the point of attack. We’re anxious to have him.”
Eldridge was leader while at Oklahoma — earning captain status his final two years — and it’s evident by his willingness to change positions he’s committed to playing the type of selfless team ball the Colts so desire.
What the scouts said (from Scouts Inc at ESPN.com):
“Finds pockets in zone coverage and settles in but going to have a difficult time separating from man coverage…One-speed receiver that’s not fast enough to stretch the field…Not going to get muscled out of routes. Relentless second level blocker who works from the snap until the whistle and can get on opponents’ nerves…gets sound hand placement and very tough to shake once locked on. Doesn’t roll hips into blocks or jar defenders with a powerful initial punch but plays with leverage and drives legs once in position…”
|Brody Eldridge gets sucker-punched after driving his opponent into the ground