The 10 best draft choices by the Colts since 2000

Reggie Wayne played 14 seasons with the Colts. [Source: Flickr | Chris Mowder]
Reggie Wayne played 14 seasons with the Colts. [Source: Flickr | Chris Mowder]

Past stars such as Dwight Freeney and Reggie Wayne are among those on the list along with current stars Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for 23 different teams, it's now time to look at the Colts who have the 26th overall pick in this month's draft. Sean Wagner-McGough of has them selecting defensive tackle Christian Wilkins out of Clemson with that pick.

The Colts have made the playoffs 14 times since 2000, and in that time, they have made two Super Bowls (won in the 2006 season). Six of the 10 to make this list were on that championship-winning team.

Note: Only time with the Colts is considered for this list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this isn't exactly a Top-Ten Players Drafted By Indianapolis Since 2000 list. Some late-round draft picks that didn't quite make the list but had solid careers include Ryan Diem (fourth round, 2001), Rick DeMulling (seventh round, 2001), David Thornton (fourth round, 2002), Cato June (sixth round, 2003), Jake Scott (fifth round, 2004), Charlie Johnson (sixth round, 2006), Pierre Garcon (sixth round, 2008), Pat McAfee (seventh round, 2009), Joe Haeg (fifth round, 2016), and Marlon Mack (fourth round, 2017).


Reggie Wayne, WR - 1st round, 30th overall (2001); time with Colts: 2001-2014

Spending his entire 14-year career with the Colts, Wayne ranks 10th all-time in both receptions (1,070) and receiving yards (14,345). The six-time Pro Bowler had four seasons of at least 100 catches and eight with over 1,000 yards.


Dwight Freeney, DE - 1st round, 11th overall (2002); time with Colts: 2002-2012

Seven times in Freeney's 11 seasons with Indianapolis, he recorded at least 10 sacks. During his tenure with the Colts, he made seven Pro Bowls, three First Team All-Pro teams, and had 107.5 sacks.

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