List of Indianapolis Colts first-round draft picks

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1998 1st pick overall Peyton Manning

The Baltimore Colts joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1953 where they participated in their first NFL Draft and selected Billy Vessels, a halfback from the University of Oklahoma. The team's most recent first round selection was Andrew Luck, a quarterback from Stanford in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting but more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks last, and the Super Bowl loser always picks second last. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[1]

The Colts have selected the number one overall pick in the draft on seven separate occasions, one of which was used to select Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning. They have also selected the second overall pick five times and the third overall pick twice. The team's five selections from Ohio State University are the most chosen by the Colts from one university.

Player selections[edit]

2003 Colts 1st round pick Dallas Clark
2002 Colts 1st round pick Dwight Freeney in the Pro Bowl
1996 Colts 1st round pick Marvin Harrison
2001 Colts 1st round pick Reggie Wayne
 *  Selected number one overall
 †  Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
National Football League, Early Era (1953–1969)
Baltimore Colts (1953-1983)
1953 2 Billy Vessels HB Oklahoma
1954 5 Cotton Davidson QB Baylor
1955 1 * George Shaw QB Oregon [2]
3 Alan Ameche FB Wisconsin
1956 9 Lenny Moore † HB Penn State
1957 8 Jim Parker † G Ohio State
1958 11 Lenny Lyles CB Louisville
1959 12 Jackie Burkett C Auburn
1960 10 Ron Mix † OT Southern California
1961 7 Tom Matte RB Ohio State
1962 9 Wendell Harris CB Louisiana State
1963 5 Bob Vogel OT Ohio State
1964 8 Marv Woodson S Indiana
1965 14 Mike Curtis LB Duke
1966 15 Sam Ball OT Kentucky
1967 1 * Bubba Smith DE Michigan State [3]
20 Jim Detwiler HB Michigan
1968 23 John Williams OT Minnesota
1969 25 Eddie Hinton WR Oklahoma
Modern Era (1970–present)
1970 18 Norm Bulaich RB Texas Christian
1971 22 Don McCauley RB North Carolina [4]
26 Leonard Dunlap CB North Texas
1972 22 Tom Drougas OT Oregon
1973 2 Bert Jones QB Louisiana State [5]
10 Joe Ehrmann DT Syracuse
1974 5 John Dutton DT Nebraska
24 Roger Carr WR Louisiana Tech [6]
1975 3 Ken Huff G North Carolina [7]
1976 20 Ken Novak DT Purdue
1977 26 Randy Burke WR Kentucky
1978 25 Reese McCall TE Auburn
1979 6 Barry Krauss LB Alabama
1980 5 Curtis Dickey RB Texas A&M
24 Derrick Hatchett CB Texas [8]
1981 12 Randy McMillan RB Pittsburgh
18 Donnell Thompson DE North Carolina [9]
1982 2 Johnie Cooks LB Mississippi State
4 Art Schlichter QB Ohio State [10]
1983 1 * John Elway † QB Stanford [11]
Indianapolis Colts (1984–present)
1984 8 Leonard Coleman CB Vanderbilt
19 Ron Solt G Maryland [12]
1985 5 Duane Bickett LB Southern California
1986 4 Jon Hand DE Alabama
1987 2 Cornelius Bennett LB Alabama
1988 No Pick [13]
1989 22 Andre Rison WR Michigan State
1990 1 * Jeff George QB Illinois
1991 No Pick [14]
1992 1 * Steve Emtman DE Washington
2 Quentin Coryatt LB Texas A&M [15]
1993 16 Sean Dawkins WR California
1994 2 Marshall Faulk † RB San Diego State
5 Trev Alberts LB Nebraska [16]
1995 15 Ellis Johnson DT Florida
1996 19 Marvin Harrison WR Syracuse
1997 19 Tarik Glenn OT California
1998 1 * Peyton Manning QB Tennessee
1999 4 Edgerrin James RB Miami (FL)
2000 28 Rob Morris LB Brigham Young
2001 30 Reggie Wayne WR Miami (FL)
2002 11 Dwight Freeney DE Syracuse
2003 24 Dallas Clark TE Iowa
2004 No Pick [17]
2005 29 Marlin Jackson CB Michigan
2006 30 Joseph Addai RB Louisiana State
2007 32 Anthony Gonzalez WR Ohio State
2008 No Pick [18]
2009 27 Donald Brown RB Connecticut
2010 31 Jerry Hughes DE Texas Christian
2011 22 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
2012 1 * Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2013 24 Björn Werner OLB Florida State
2014 No Pick [19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". football.about.com. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ Lottery bonus pick.
  3. ^ Acquired from the New Orleans Saints - Pro Football Draft History 1967
  4. ^ Acquired from the Miami Dolphins - Pro Football Draft History 1971
  5. ^ Acquired from the San Diego Chargers - Pro Football Draft History 1973
  6. ^ Acquired from the Los Angeles Rams - Pro Football Draft History 1974
  7. ^ Acquired from the Atlanta Falcons - Pro Football Draft History 1975
  8. ^ Acquired from the Dallas Cowboys - Pro Football Draft History 1980
  9. ^ Acquired from the Minnesota Vikings - Pro Football Draft History 1981
  10. ^ Acquired from the Los Angeles Rams - Pro Football Draft History 1982
  11. ^ Traded Elway to the Denver Broncos for QB Mark Herrmann, rights to OL Chris Hinton and a first-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. - A 'true test' for Elway
  12. ^ From Denver Broncos in Elway trade
  13. ^ The Colts traded their #20 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams - Pro Football Draft History 1988
  14. ^ The Colts traded their #13 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons - Pro Football Draft History 1991
  15. ^ Acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pro Football Draft History 1992
  16. ^ Acquired from the Los Angeles Rams - Pro Football Draft History 1994
  17. ^ The Colts traded their #29 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons - Pro Football Draft History 2004
  18. ^ The Colts traded their 1st round pick (29th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers
  19. ^ Colts First Round Pick? Essentially, it's Trent Richardson - [1]

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