The 2017 NFL Draft is just two and a half 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 second-round draft picks that the Colts have turned in.




 

 

1. Jack Mewhort | 2014 – Pick 59 Overall | Offensive Guard | Ohio State

Colts Career Stats: 40 starts in 40 games, 11 penalties, 3.0 sacks allowed

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Though he played offensive tackle at Ohio State, Jack Mewhort has been a standout left guard for the Colts for three years. Don’t tell that to some of the national media, though, as Mewhort playing guard seems to be a new concept. Mewhort has struggled with various injuries, but the fact that he only surrenders a sack every 13 games and is penalized once every three and a half games is outstanding. Since 2014, the Colts have only had two offensive linemen that you could mark into the lineup as starters in pen. Mewhort is one of them, and Anthony Castonzo is the other.

 

 

2. Kelvin Hayden | 2005 – Pick 60 Overall | Cornerback | Illinois

Colts Career Stats: 298 total tackles (7 for loss), 9 interceptions, 37 pass breakups, 4 fumbles forced, 2 fumbles recovered, 3 touchdowns

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Kelvin Hayden will forever be remembered for his Super Bowl XLI-sealing pick-six, but he actually had a very nice six-year tenure with the Colts. At 6-0 and 195 pounds, he had decent size and was able to play both on the boundary and in the slot. Hayden started out as a role player in his first couple of years but worked his way into a full-time starter. Over his last four seasons, he started 45-of-46 games, starting 46-of-77 overall in Indianapolis. Durability issues did Hayden in, unfortunately. He missed 18 games over his final three years in Indianapolis, and his lack of availability became too much to deal with.

 

 

3. Coby Fleener | 2012 – Pick 34 Overall | Tight End | Stanford

Colts Career Stats: 183 catches, 2,154 yards (11.8 avg), 17 TD

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Coby Fleener is one of the most frustrating high draft picks that the Colts have had in recent memory. He was already the top tight end in 2012’s draft, expected to be the next in line of the dominant Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates types. Add in the fact that the Colts drafted Fleener to play with his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, and expectations were off the charts. That whole concept never panned out. Fleener never broke 60 catches or even 800 yards in his four years in Indianapolis. Dropped balls and overall inconsistency from both he and the offensive coordinator doomed Fleener’s time in Indianapolis. Fleener did have some good times in Indianapolis and wound up being the team’s healthiest, most consistent tight end between him and Dwayne Allen. But, that is not saying much.

 

 

4. Pat Angerer | 2010 – Pick 63 Overall | Inside Linebacker | Iowa

Colts Career Stats: 327 tackles (14 for loss), 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 4 fumbles forced, 1 fumble recovered

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Pat Angerer burst onto the season early in his career and looked impressive in the Colts’ then-Tampa 2 defense. Though he started 11 games as a rookie, Angerer started all 16 in 2011 and racked up 148 tackles, which was good for fourth in the entire NFL. However, a switch to a 3-4 defense as well as durability issues made it hard for Angerer to make an impact. He did not receive a second contract from the Colts.

 

 

5. Tim Jennings | 2006 – Pick 62 Overall | Cornerback | Georgia

Colts Career Stats: 161 total tackles (6 for loss), 4 interceptions, 20 pass breakups, 3 fumbles forced, 2 fumbles recovered

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

The Colts suffered some misfortune when they elected not to re-sign Tim Jennings after his rookie contract, and then he joined the Chicago Bears and became an All-Pro and two-time Pro-Bowler. Jennings showed some flashes near the end of his tenure in Indianapolis, starting 17 of his last 31 games and intercepting four passes. But, he was too inconsistent at the time.

 

 

6. Fili Moala | 2009 – Pick 56 Overall | Defensive Tackle | USC

Colts Career Stats: 88 total tackles (8 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 2 fumbles recovered

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

You’ll notice a theme so far in this series, and that’s that a lot of these guys couldn’t stay healthy. Fili Moala falls in line with that. It is a shame because he fit great into the Colts’ new 3-4 defense and performed well while in the lineup. But, he suffered from chronic knee issues that ended his time in Indianapolis.

 

 

7. Mike Pollak | 2008 – Pick 59 Overall | Offensive Guard | Arizona State

Colts Career Stats: 41 starts in 58 games

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

Yes, Mike Pollak started 41 games, but quarterback Peyton Manning made a lot of offensive linemen look good. When you factor in the run game, that’s when a lineman’s ability shows, and it wasn’t too great for Pollak. Still, coaches saw enough to make him a regular starter for a few years.

 

 

8. Tony Ugoh | 2007 – Pick 42 Overall | Offensive Tackle | Arkansas

Colts Career Stats: 27 starts in 37 games

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

We’re starting to get into the real disappointing picks now. Tony Ugoh is one of the most notorious draft picks in recent Colts memory. He was picked up to replace the three-time Pro-Bowler, Tarik Glenn. However, Ugoh didn’t even see the entirety of his Colts contract. After being let go by the Colts, he bounced around to four other teams over the following three years, the Colts (again) included.

 

 

9. T.J. Green | 2016 – Pick 57 Overall | Safety | Clemson

Colts Career Stats: 43 total tackles, 2 pass breakups

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

The jury is still out on T.J. Green. He can’t be considered a bad pick yet; he is just this low because he has only played one season and that one season didn’t go too well. However, Green was a known project going into 2016 but was forced into more action than initially planned. He is essentially an athlete still learning to play safety. The Colts will likely remain patient with him because they know that he needs time, but he is far from guaranteed a starting spot.

 

 

10. Ben Ijalana | 2011 – Pick 49 Overall | Offensive Guard/Tackle | Villanova

Colts Career Stats: 0 starts in 4 games, 0 penalties, 0.0 sacks allowed

Pro Bowl: None

All-Pro: None

The last player on this list is another player whose injuries wouldn’t allow him on the field. But, apparently, even if he had seen the field much, it might not have gone well. Ben Ijalana missed the better part of two years with knee injuries, and he left plenty of doubt about his on-field abilities while in practice. His injuries and poor performance mixed together to limit him to four total games in Indianapolis, with no starts. Ijalana moved on from the Colts after 2012 and has found a consistent home with the New York Jets.

 

 

  • 2013 – Colts traded second-rounder as part of a 2012 trade with the Miami Dolphins. Colts got cornerback Vontae Davis; Dolphins got 2013-2:54.
  • 2015 – Colts traded second-rounder as part of a 2015 draft trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Colts got 2015-3:65 and 4:109; Buccaneers got 2015-2:61 and 4:128.

 

 

 

 

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.