The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

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Based only on career success with Indianapolis Colts. Only picks made during Super Bowl era (since 1967).

The Indianapolis Colts' first-round draft picks history features a who's who of legendary players, successful role players, and a few busts. Some of the best players in NFL history like Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, and Dwight Freeney started their careers as Colts draft picks. Busts included the likes of Jeff George and Cornelius Bennett, but the biggest mistake came when trading away John Elway after drafting him.

A couple of Super Bowl victories prove that the Colts have benefited from great draft picks, and the picks made in the first-round certainly have made the biggest impact. 

So, who has been the top first-round draft pick in the history of the Colts? The stats below reflect only players’ time spent with Indianapolis and that’s what you should consider when voting. How much did these players help the team that drafted them?

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  • Overall selection: 1 (1998)

    208 games, 54,828 passing yards (399 touchdowns), 722 rushing yards (17), 94.9 QB rating

    Super Bowl XLI champion
    Super Bowl XLI MVP
    11× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2002–2010)
    5× First-team All-Pro (2003–2005, 2008, 2009,)
    3× Second-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2006)
    4× NFL MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)

  • Dallas Clark
    27 votes

    Overall selection: 24 (2003)

    115 games, 4,887 receiving yards (46 touchdowns)

    Super Bowl champion (XLI)
    Pro Bowl (2009)
    First-team All-Pro (2009)

  • Duane Bickett

    Overall selection: 5 (1985)

    137 games, 1,052 tackles, 50 sacks, 9 interceptions

    Pro Bowl (1987)
    NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1985)

  • Quenton Nelson

    Quenton Nelson

    26 votes

    Overall selection: 6 (2018)

    16 games

    Pro Bowl (2018)
    All-Pro (2018)

  • Ryan Kelly
    19 votes

    Overall selection: 18 (2016)

    35 games

  • Overall selection: 22 (2011)

    116 games, 2 fumble recoveries