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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)

    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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Overall selection: 22 (2011)

    Stats
    116 games, 2 fumble recoveries

  • 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

  • Overall selection: 19 (1996)

    Stats
    154 games, 1 fumble recovery

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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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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    Overall selection: 6 (2018)

    Stats
    16 games

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

  • Overall selection: 10 (1973)

    Stats
    108 games, 2 forced fumbles

  • 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)

  • Overall selection: 19 (1995)

    Stats
    104 games, 271 tackles, 33 sacks

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Overall selection: 18 (2016)

    Stats
    35 games

  • 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)

  • Overall selection: 15 (2017)

    Stats
    21 games, 65 tackles, 5 interceptions

  • Overall selection: 24 (1974)

    Stats
    102 games, 4,770 receiving yards (29 touchdowns)

  • Overall selection: 2 (1987)

    Stats
    32 games, 155 tackles, 8 sacks

  • Overall selection: 22 (1971)

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

  • Overall selection: 2 (1992)

    Stats
    78 games, 525 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 3 interceptions

  • Overall selection: 25 (2009)

    Stats
    56 games, 284 tackles, 4 interceptions

    Achievements
    Super Bowl champion (XLI)

  • Overall selection: 6 (1979)

    Stats
    136 games, 16 fumble recoveries, 6 interceptions