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A look at Colts' projected starters

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts opened OTAs, the third phase of offseason workouts, Monday. Players can wear helmets but not full pads and there cannot be any contact while going through full team drills.

This is a good time to give you a look at the projected starters since that's a question that I get asked on a regular basis. There's still more than three months before the Colts take the field for their Week 1 matchup at Buffalo, so a lot could happen between now and then.

Here's a look at who I think would start if the Colts had to play a game today.

QB: Andrew Luck

Note: Put Luck here in permanent ink for years to come.

RB: Frank Gore

Note: Finally. As in Luck finally has a running back who can help take some of the pressure off of him. Gore has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in eight of his 10 seasons.

TE: Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener

Note: Allen and Fleener combined to catch 16 touchdowns last season and they're possibly the best young tight end duo in the league.

WR: T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson

Note: Hilton is coming off a Pro Bowl appearance and Johnson is a younger, better version of Reggie Wayne as a possession receiver.

LT: Anthony Castonzo

Note: Castonzo, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, continues to do a solid protecting Luck's blind side.

LG: Jack Mewhort

Note: Mewhort cemented his spot on the offensive line when he started all 14 games he appeared in as a rookie last season. He can also play tackle.

C: Khaled Holmes

Note: Coach Chuck Pagano said Holmes and Jonotthan Harrison are competing for the job, but I give Holmes the edge because he started the final five games of last season.

RG: Hugh Thornton

Note: See below at right tackle.

RT: Todd Herremans

Note: Remember when I said the starters if the Colts played today? Well there hasn't been any indication from anybody in the organization that Gosder Cherilus, the projected starter here, is full healthy. Herremans, the projected starter at right guard, has started 24 games at right tackle in his career. Thornton started at right guard the past two seasons in place of the injured Donald Thomas.