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 fourth-round draft picks that the Colts have turned in.




 

 

1. Austin Collie | 2009 – Pick 127 Overall | Wide Receiver | BYU

Colts Career Stats: 173 catches, 1,845 yards (10.7 avg), 16 touchdowns

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Collie’s career was cut way too short due to the lasting effects of concussions. He had an impressive rookie season (60 catches for 676 yards and 7 touchdowns), displaying his immediate chemistry with Peyton Manning. But then, in Year 2, the hits started coming. He got off to a tremendous start in 2010, catching 44 passes for 503 yards and 6 touchdowns in the first six games. Collie was on pace for 117 catches for 1,341 yards and 16 touchdowns. Those are lofty numbers for a WR2 but with Manning as his quarterback, those numbers were certainly achievable. Collie suffered major concussions that knocked him onconscious in Weeks 9 and 15. From 2011 until the end of his career in 2013, Collie caught a total of 61 passes for 583 yards (9.6 avg) and 1 touchdown. He also suffered a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2012 season just three weeks in. As if the concussions weren’t bad enough, a patellar rupture is arguably the toughest knee injury to come back from at a high level. Collie also had brief stints with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and the CFL’s BC Lions.

 

 

2. Jacob Tamme | 2008 – Pick 127 Overall | Tight End | Kentucky

Colts Career Stats: 92 catches, 855 yards (9.3 avg), 5 touchdowns

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Tamme is a more recognized player around the league now after stints with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, but he got his start in Indianapolis. He was a reliable backup tight end who was thrust into a starting role, much like with Jack Doyle today. Dallas Clark went down with a season-ending injury in 2010, and Tamme stepped in with a career year (67 catches for 631 yards and 4 touchdowns). After a substandard season suffered with the rest of the Kerry Collins/Curtis Painter/Dan Orlovsky-led Colts offense in 2011, Tamme was not re-signed.

 

 

3. Clint Session | 2007 – Pick 136 Overall | Outside Linebacker | Pittsburgh

Colts Career Stats: 261 total tackles (18 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 5 fumbles forced, 1 touchdown

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Session was another star whose time in Indianapolis was cut short due to concussions. He became a full-time starter in 2008, making 94 tackles (11 for loss) and forcing three fumbles. From 2009-’10, he missed 13 games and was not re-signed. Session signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 and was only able to play one last season due to concussions. He was a powerful hitter, but he ultimately paid the price for it.

 

 

4. Clayton Geathers | 2015 – Pick 109 Overall | Safety | UCF

Colts Career Stats: 93 total tackles (3 for loss), 6 pass breakups, 1 fumble forced, 1 fumble recovered

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Geathers is only heading into his third NFL season, but he has shown flashes of brilliance in the last two years. He needs to be able to stay healthy, however, as he has missed eight games over the last two years, plus essentially all of 2016 training camp. Geathers’ season ended prematurely in 2016 due to a concussion followed by a neck injury. The Colts have not had an enforcer in the front seven since the days of Bob Sanders. Geathers has shown the potential to be that type of player.

 

 

5. Delone Carter | 2011 – Pick 119 Overall | Running Back | Syracuse

Colts Career Stats: 139 touches, 530 total yards (3.8 avg), 5 total TD, 3 fumbles lost

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

For some reason, before setting this up, I found myself romanticizing Carter’s time in Indianapolis, thinking it was more productive than it was. The truth is that he was a glorified version of 2015 sixth-round pick Josh Robinson. Basically, a short-yardage power back with ball security issues. I will give Carter credit for hitting paydirt five times, though.

 

 

6. Antonio Morrison | 2016 – Pick 125 Overall | Inside Linebacker | Florida

Colts Career Stats: 52 total tackles (3 for loss)

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Morrison is a likeable guy. He got in trouble with the law back in college for barking at a police K-9. While it landed him an offense, it’s weird enough to laugh about. Hey, don’t you want your linebackers to have a screw loose? Morrison also has a humble, no-nonsense approach to trying to succeed in the NFL, however. He started out as a backup inside linebacker behind D’Qwell Jackson, Nate Irving, Sio Moore and Josh McNary heading into 2016. But then, he wound up starting four games and is potentially in line to keep his starting spot in 2017. Morrison had moments where he was a trainwreck in pass coverage but looked much better against the run. If he can improve in coverage and become a three-down linebacker, then the Colts will have gotten a mid-round steal.

 

 

7. Khaled Holmes | 2013 – Pick 121 Overall | Center | USC

Colts Career Stats: 9 starts in 17 games, 3 penalties, 1.5 sack allowed

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Holmes is another #ColtsTwitter darling who never quite panned out. The Colts’ revolving door of centers needed to be stopped, and we thought that it might when Holmes was picked up in 2013. Between injuries and inconsistent performance, Holmes never stuck to the roster. He was replaced multiple times, by Jonotthan Harrison and again by Ryan Kelly.

 

 

8. Hassan Ridgeway | 2016 – Pick 116 Overall | Defensive Lineman | Texas

Colts Career Stats: 21 total tackles (2 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 kick blocked

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

The Colts picked up Ridgeway about two rounds later than when many thought he may go in 2016. He played all along the line at Texas but was slapped with the beloved label of a defensive lineman who takes plays off. In 2016, he showed the versatility and made the Colts look smart for picking him. Because of various injuries to other linemen, Ridgeway got to play extensively, even starting five games. He turned out to be something of a stat-sheet stuffer, getting his hand on a pass and blocking a kick to go along with the usual tackle/sack factors that most defensive linemen are credited. Ridgeway should see a pretty similar role in 2017, but with another year in the league, he should look even better.

 

 

9. Jacques McClendon | 2010 – Pick 129 Overall | Offensive Guard | Tennessee

Colts Career Stats: 0 starts in 4 games

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

McClendon had a very forgettable one-year stint in Indianapolis. After being unable to defeat Jamey Richard or Kyle DeVan for a starting guard spot, McClendon failed to make the Colts roster in 2011. He did, however, make the active gameday roster in four games. The only reason that he is not last is because No. 10 could not have been worse.

 

 

10. Terrance Taylor | 2009 – Pick 136 Overall | Defensive Tackle | Michigan

Colts Career Stats: None

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

As a rookie, Taylor did not make it to the regular season with the Colts, being among the final training camp cuts. He has also appeared in the Arena Football League and American Indoor Football/Champions Indoor Football. Taylor has changed teams eight times between the three leagues.

 

 

  • 2012 – Colts traded fourth-rounder as part of a 2012 draft trade with San Francisco 49ers. Colts got 2012-3:92; 49ers got 2012-4:97 and 2013-5:157.
  • 2014 – Colts traded fourth-rounder as part of a 2013 draft trade with Cleveland Browns. Colts got 2013-5:139; Browns got 2014-4:127.

 

 

 

 

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.