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

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List Rules 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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Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 19 (1996)

Stats
190 games, 14,580 receiving yards (128 touchdowns)

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (XLI)
8× Pro Bowl (1999–2006)
3× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2002, 2006)
5× Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2001, 2003–2005)
Hall of Fame

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (1998)

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

Achievements
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)

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Reggie Wayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 30 (2001)

Stats
211 games, 14,345 receiving yards (82 touchdowns)

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (XLI)
6× Pro Bowl (2006–2010, 2012)
First-team All-Pro (2010)
2× Second-team All-Pro (2007, 2009)

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (2012)

Stats
86 games, 23,671 passing yards (171 touchdowns), 1,590 rushing yards (14 touchdowns)

Achievements
4× Pro Bowl (2012–2014, 2018)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2018)

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Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 11 (2002)

Stats
163 games, 298 tackles, 107.5 sacks, 43 forced fumbles

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (XLI)
7× Pro Bowl (2003–2005, 2008–2011)
3× First-team All-Pro (2004, 2005, 2009)
Second-team All-Pro (2003)

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Edgerrin James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 4 (1999)

Stats
96 games, 9,226 rushing yards (64 touchdowns), 2,839 receiving yards (11 touchdowns)

Achievements
4× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2004, 2005)
2× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2005)
2× Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2004)
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1999)

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Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 2 (1994)

Stats
77 games, 5,320 rushing yards (42 touchdowns), 2,804 receiving yards (9 touchdowns)

Achievements
3× Pro Bowl (1994, 1995, 1998)
2× Second-team All-Pro (1994, 1995
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1994)
Hall of Fame

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Quenton Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Quenton Nelson

Overall selection: 6 (2018)

Stats
16 games

Achievements
Pro Bowl (2018)
All-Pro (2018)

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Dallas Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 24 (2003)

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

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

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Randy McMillan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 12 (1981)

Stats
88 games, 3,876 rushing yards (24 touchdowns), 1,356 (2 touchdowns)

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Joseph Addai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 30 (2006)

Stats
78 games, 4,453 rushing yards (39 touchdowns), 1,448 receiving yards (9 touchdowns)

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (XLI)
Pro Bowl (2007)

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Rob Morris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 28 (2000)

Stats
99 games, 482 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (XLI)

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John Dutton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1974)

Stats
117 games, 4 fumble recoveries

Achievements
3× Pro Bowl (1975–1977)
Second-team All-Pro (1975)
All-Pro (1976)

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Tarik Glenn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 19 (1996)

Stats
154 games, 1 fumble recovery

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (XLI)
3× Pro Bowl (2004–2006)

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Duane Bickett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1985)

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

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

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Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (1967)

Stats
69 games, 3 fumble recoveries

Achievements
Super Bowl champion (V)
2× Pro Bowl (1970, 1971)
First-team All-Pro (1971)
2× Second-team All-Pro (1968, 1970)

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Bert Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 2 (1973)

Stats
98 games, 17,663 passing yards (122 touchdowns), 236 rushing yards (14 touchdowns)

Achievements
NFL Most Valuable Player (1976)
Pro Bowl (1976)
First-team All-Pro (1976)
Second-team All-Pro (1977)

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Anthony Castonzo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 22 (2011)

Stats
116 games, 2 fumble recoveries

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Derrick Hatchett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Derrick Hatchett

Overall selection: 24 (1980)

Stats
48 games, 7 interceptions

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Malik Hooker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 15 (2017)

Stats
21 games, 65 tackles, 5 interceptions

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Don McCauley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Don McCauley

Overall selection: 22 (1971)

Stats
156 games, 2627 rushing yards (40 touchdowns), 3,026 receiving yards (17 touchdowns)

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Johnie Cooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Johnie Cooks

Overall selection: 2 (1982)

Stats
84 games, 4 fumble recoveries

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Joe Ehrmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 10 (1973)

Stats
108 games, 2 forced fumbles

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Randy Burke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Randy Burke

Overall selection: 26 (1977)

Stats
57 games, 489 receiving yards (3 touchdowns)

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Ellis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 19 (1995)

Stats
104 games, 271 tackles, 33 sacks