Indianapolis Colts Draft Review

Take a look at how the Indianapolis Colts have done over their last three NFL drafts. Get analysis of their best and worst picks since 2006, and a player-by player review of last season's choices.

How the Colts have done in the draft since 2006:

  • Total picks 25
  • '08 Starters 10
  • '08 Backups 10
  • Other teams 0
  • Out of NFL 1
  • Injured reserve/PUP 4

The Colts have fared well in the draft the last three years. Indianapolis has been able to secure depth at needed positions while also coming up with enough quality starters to allow the franchise to continue its recent run of success.

FS Antoine Bethea
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RB Joseph Addai (2006), LB Freddy Keiaho (2006), S Antoine Bethea (2006), WR Anthony Gonzalez (2007), OT Tony Ugoh (2007), LB Clint Session (2007), DT Keyunta Dawson (2007) and OG Mike Pollak (2008) have all earned starting jobs. Addai and Bethea both started in Super Bowl XLI.

Best pick: S Antoine Bethea, 2006 (6th round, 207th overall): The addition of Bethea gave the Colts defense a safety that could cover sideline-to-sideline. He moved into the starting lineup at as a rookie, replacing an injured Mike Doss in training camp, and has never given up the spot.

Worst pick: CB Dante Hughes, 2007 (3rd round, 95th overall): Saying Hughes is the worst pick since 2006 may be a bit of a stretch. But the former University of California cornerback has not progressed as quickly as many thought he would. He has yet to live up to the expectations that his high draft position would have suggested.


  • 2 (59) Mike Pollak, G: Started and played in 13 games as a rookie. Missed work in training camp and early in the regular season (knee). Stepped into the starting lineup at right guard.
  • 3 (93) Philip Wheeler, LB: Played in 16 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. May move into the starting lineup at weak-side linebacker in 2009.
  • 4 (127) Jacob Tamme, TE: Played in 12 games, primarily on special teams. Injuries kept him from progressing as an offensive threat as a rookie.
  • 5 (161) Marcus Howard, DE: Played in nine games, was inactive for seven. Proved to be a very good special teams performer. Displayed enough athletic talent to warrant a longer look.
  • 6 (196) Tom Santi, TE: Started two games as a rookie while playing in six. Preseason knee surgery sidelined him for most of training camp. Was placed on injured reserve for the final six games (shoulder).
  • 6 (201) Steve Justice, G: Started one game and played in eight. Was a game-day inactive on four occasions. Proved to be a valuable backup.
  • 6 (202) Mike Hart, RB: Played in five games, mostly on special teams. Was impressive in training camp. Suffered midseason knee injury that sidelined him for the year.
  • 6 (205) Pierre Garcon, WR: Played in 14 games as a rookie, seeing playing time mostly as a punt and kickoff returner. Was also used occasionally on offense.
  • 7 (236) and C Jamey Richard C: Played in 15 games and started seven during his rookie season. Was the surprise of the 2008 draft as he stepped in for injured starter Jeff Saturday at center and played well.

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