Indianapolis Colts: Recent History of 14th/15th Draft Pick
The Indianapolis Colts capped off a disappointing season with a win, giving them an 8-8 record and placing them smack in the middle of the league's draft order. Technically, they will choose either 14th or 15th overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Colts and Philadelphia Eagles will decide between the 14th and 15th picks by a coin flip at the 2017 NFL Draft Scouting Combine in February.
While the Colts played themselves out of an even better pick by winning in Week 17, history says the 14th and 15th slots will do just fine as long as the correct decisions are made.
- Pro-Bowlers: 9-of-20
- Multi-time Pro-Bowlers: 6-of-20
- All-Pros: 7-of-20
- Multi-time All-Pros: 2-of-20
- Super Bowl wins: 6-of-20
***Keep in mind, four of these players have two years or less of experience.
No. 14 | New York Jets – Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh
No. 15 | Pittsburgh Steelers – Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State
Revis has started all 125 of the games in which he has appeared, and he has spent all but two seasons of his career with the Jets, which has helped lead to him becoming their all-time pass breakups leader (111). He has one Super Bowl win under his belt along with seven Pro Bowls and four First-Team All-Pro selections, and he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He will go down as one of the best defensive backs of his era.
Timmons is also a one-time Super Bowl winner, and he is still in Pittsburgh to this day. He has started 128 of 158 career games. In 2014, he made the Pro Bowl and was named a second-team All-Pro. He has had five seasons with at least 100 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 1 interception.
No. 14 | Chicago Bears – Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
No. 15 | Kansas City Chiefs – Branden Albert, OT, Virginia
Williams started 57 of 72 career games for the Bears, Rams and Buffalo Bills, last appearing in 2014. Injuries essentially ruined his career, as he was only a regular starters for four of his eight seasons.
Albert has had much more success than Williams, even being a highly sought-after free agent during the 2014 offseason, signing a five-year, $47 million contract with Miami. He has started 118 of 120 career games for the Chiefs and Dolphins and is a two-time Pro-Bowler.
No. 14 | New Orleans Saints – Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State
No. 15 | Houston Texans – Brian Cushing, LB, USC
Jenkins was a serviceable cornerback at times in New Orleans, but when he switched to safety, he became one of the league's best. He has started 107 of 119 career games, won a Super Bowl in New Orleans, and he has also been named to one Pro Bowl and is a one-time Second-Team All-Pro. He has 17 career takeaways and 6 touchdowns.
Cushing has been one of the most recognizeable names at inside linebacker in the NFL after winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (and earning his only Pro Bowl selection). He has started all 99 games he has appeared in and is also a one-time Second-Team All-Pro. In 2012, he made the NFL Top 100 list at No. 54.
No. 14 | Seattle Seahawks – Earl Thomas, S, Texas
No. 15 | New York Giants – Jason Pierre-Paul, ED, South Florida
Thomas has been widely regarded as the league's best safety for almost his entire career, and it is well deserved. He has started in all 107 of his appearances and is a five-time Pro-Bowler, five-time All-Pro (four First-Team selections) and a one-time Super Bowl champ. In 2012, he made the NFL Top 100 list at No. 66, 2013 at No. 66, 2014 at No. 17, 2015 at No. 21 and 2016 at No. 66.
Pierre-Paul is a Super Bowl champ, two-time Pro-Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro. He has 50.0 sacks and 11 forced fumbles while starting 69 of 95 career games. Limiting his potential to this point have been various injuries, including, of course, the fireworks incident on July 4, 2015. In 2012, he made the NFL Top 100 list at No. 24 and 2013 at No. 55.
No. 14 | St. Louis Rams – Robert Quinn, ED, North Carolina
No. 15 | Miami Dolphins – Mike Pouncey, C, Florida
Though injuries have hurt him in the last couple of years, Quinn was one of the league's premier pass-rushers as of 2014. His 54.0 career sacks have helped him garner two Pro Bowls, one First-Team All-Pro and the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. He has started 62 of 80 career games. In 2014, he made the NFL Top 100 list at No. 13 and 2015 at No. 44.
Pouncey has also dealt with injuries during his career, limiting him to 77 games (started all of them), but the three-time Pro-Bowler has had an impact in that time.
No. 14 | St. Louis Rams – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
No. 15 | Seattle Seahawks – Bruce Irvin, ED, West Virginia
Brockers has been an adequate player for the Rams, starting 74 of 75 career games. He averages 34 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 3.0 sacks per season.
Irvin was thought to be an extreme reach at the time of his drafting, but he did have 22.0 sacks in 58 games (21 starts) for the Seahawks and helped them win one Super Bowl. He moved to the Raiders in 2016, posting 7.0 sacks and a career-high 6 forced fumbles.
No. 14 | Carolina Panthers – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
No. 15 | New Orleans Saints – Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Lotulelei has been a steady force on the Carolina defensive front, starting 59 of 60 career games. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.
Vaccaro has started 55 of 56 career games and was also a member of the PFWA All-Rookie team.
No. 14 | Chicago Bears – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
No. 15 | Pittsburgh Steelers – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Fuller has started 30 of 32 career games, but he missed the entire 2016 season recovering from a knee injury. He was a member of the PFWA All-Rookie team.
Shazier has dealt with a litany of nagging injuries has limited his effectiveness. He has started 29 of 34 games, improving his statistics each season.
No. 14 | Miami Dolphins – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
No. 15 | San Diego Chargers – Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Parker is yet another one that has dealt with injuries, but he began to come into his own in 2016. He's started just 12 of 29 career games, but he caught 56 for balls for 744 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2016, improving each category from the year before.
Gordon was already being given the "bust" label in his rookie season after rushing for just 641 yards and no touchdowns. 2016 was much different, as he rushed for 997 yards and scored 12 total touchdowns. He missed three games, which caused him to miss demolishing the 1,000-yard mark. He has started 23 of 27 games
No. 14 | Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
No. 15 | Cleveland Browns – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Joseph started nine of 12 games this season, totaling 60 tackles, 1 interception and 6 pass breakups.
Injuries also limited Coleman to just 10 games (started all) this season, but he caught 33 balls for 413 yards and 3 touchdowns.
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 h, Google+ and FanCred.
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