The 2017 NFL Draft is just two weeks away. Today, we take a break from focusing on the prospects in this draft to evaluate some of the Indianapolis Colts’ recent drafts. More specifically, we will rank the team’s best draft picks, round by round.

Today, we rank the last 10 fifth-round draft picks that the Colts have turned in.

 

 

1. Vick Ballard | 2012 – Pick 170 Overall | Running Back | Mississippi State

Colts Career Stats: 242 touches, 1,024 total yards (4.3 avg), 3 total touchdowns

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Ballard was a really solid pickup for Ryan Grigson and the Colts on Day 3. But, unfortunately, Ballard’s star would only shine for one season. He earned the starting running back spot as a rookie in 2012 and rushed for 814 yards. However, he tore his ACL early in the 2013 season and missed the rest of the year. The following summer in training camp, Ballard tore an Achilles and missed that year as well. Ballard was never the same, and the Colts were forced to part ways with him.

If you’re asking yourself how a player who only played one year could earn the top spot, strap in because the rest of this list is not great.

 

 

2. David Parry | 2015 – Pick 151 Overall | Nose Tackle | Stanford

Colts Career Stats: 78 tackles (5 for loss), 4.0 sacks

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Parry has never gone above mediocrity, but he is the most consistent thing that the Colts have had at nose tackle in several years. He has started all 16 games in both of his seasons and has flashed some really nice plays against the run. Parry is about to take a back seat to free-agent signee Johnathan Hankins, and perhaps another free-agent signee in Al Woods as well.

 

 

3. Joe Haeg | 2016 – Pick 155 Overall | Offensive Lineman | North Dakota State

Colts Career Stats: 14 starts in 15 games, 4 penalties, 6.0 sacks allowed

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Haeg was a life-saver for the Colts last year. During training camp, he didn’t even factor into the starting offensive line equation but wound up starting 14 games anyways. He lined up all along the line at times, wherever he was needed. Though he is able to play multiple positions, things got rough at times last year for him as a rookie. If he can find a home at just one or two spots, he might maximize his abilities.

 

 

4. Jonathan Newsome | 2014 – Pick 166 Overall | Edge Defender | Ball State

Colts Career Stats: 47 tackles (4 for loss), 7.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups, 1 kick blocked

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Newsome was productive as a rookie in 2014, picking up 6.5 sacks. However, he was beyond unspectacular in 2015. And then, he got himself arrested, sealing his fate with the team. Newsome was waived by the Colts shortly after his arrest.

 

 

5. Josh Chapman | 2012 – Pick 136 Overall | Nose Tackle | Alabama

Colts Career Stats: 36 tackles (6 for loss), 1 forced fumble

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Before there was David Parry, there was Josh Chapman. Chapman was supposed to be a big sleeper, coming out of Nick Saban’s Alabama defense but falling to the fifth round because of an ACL tear (one that he played through all that season, mind you). He sat out 2013 but finally got to play behind Aubrayo Franklin in 2013. Chapman took the reins in 2014 but was hardly the bully that many hoped he would be in the middle of the Colts defense. In 2015, the Colts drafted Parry, who surpassed Chapman. Not only did Parry leapfrog Chapman on the depth chart, but the Colts cut Chapman altogether.

 

 

6. Brody Eldridge | 2010 – Pick 162 Overall | Tight End | Oklahoma

Colts Career Stats: 14 catches, 84 yards (6.0 avg)

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Eldridge was a Jack Doyle type who just never caught on (no pun intended) to the receiving aspect of the tight end position. He was the Colts’ blocking tight end alongside Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme, and his role worked for both him and the Colts. Though his numbers were unspectacular, he did his job.

 

 

7. Montori Hughes | 2013 – Pick 139 Overall | Nose Tackle | UT-Martin

Colts Career Stats: 17 tackles (2 for loss), 1 fumble recovered, 1 pass breakup

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Hughes was one of a few “red flag” guys that Grigson picked up on Day 3 of the draft. Hughes had to transfer from Tennesee following issues with academics and suspensions, and he landed at UT-Martin. Like fellow nose tackle Dontari Poe, Hughes was known for his full athletic profile, as a huge player who had good movement skills. It never quite worked out for Hughes in Indianapolis, as he was cut after two mundane seasons.

 

 

8. Marcus Howard | 2008 – Pick 161 Overall | Edge Defender | Georgia

Colts Career Stats: 14 tackles (1 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Ironically, I became a fan of Howard in college while he was destroying my all-time favorite college player, Colt Brennan, in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. Howard was a defensive end at Georgia, but at 6-2 and 245 pounds, was going to have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. The Colts decided to keep him at defensive end anyway, and after appearing in just nine games in Indianapolis, Howard’s time with the Colts was done.

 

 

9. Michael Coe | 2007 – Pick 173 Overall | Cornerback | Alabama State

Colts Career Stats: 10 tackles, 1 pass breakup

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Coe’s tenure with the Colts was pedestrian. Primarily a special teams player, he played in just six games with the team.

 

 

10. Roy Hall | 2007 – Pick 169 Overall | Wide Receiver/Tight End | Ohio State

Colts Career Stats: 1 catch, 9 yards (9.0 avg)

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

At the time, Hall was an intriguing prospect. He is somewhat comparable to someone like Evan Engram today, except he wasn’t the star for Ohio State that Engram was for Ole Miss. Would Hall play tight end? Or, was he a receiver? He was a height-weight-speed guy, measuring 6-2, 230 pounds with a 4.40 forty. He was not able to pick up what Colts coaches were putting down, however, and only played in seven games.

 

 

  • 2009 – Colts traded fifth-rounder as part of a 2009 draft trade with Miami Dolphins. Colts got 2009-2:56; Dolphins got 2009-2:61 and 5:165.
  • 2011 – Colts traded fifth-rounder as part of a 2011 draft trade with Washington Redskins. Colts got 2011-2:49; Browns got 2011-2:53 and 5:152.

 

 

 

 

Jake Arthur is the AFC South Division Manager, Indianapolis Colts Team Manager, Assistant Director of NFL Content and a Featured Analyst for Pro Football Spot. He is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @JakeArthurPFS on Twitter as well as on Facebook. Check out his other work HERE.

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Jake Arthur is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. He is the Director of Fantasy Football Content for Pro Football Spot and a contributor forSB Nation's Indianapolis Colts website, Stampede Blue. Follow @JakeArthurNFL on Twitter!