The biggest Mayflower move since Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas in 1492, the Baltimore Colts packed up in the middle of the night and moved the franchise to Indianapolis. Since then, the Colts have made a slew of great draft picks.
The Peyton Manning era led to one Super Bowl victory in February of 2007, and had several Pro Bowl players on the roster that Bill Pollian and company drafted.
Rules for this are as follow. the player must have been drafted when the franchise was in Indianapolis and not Baltimore, so anything before 1984 is disqualified. Several players came short of the list like Tarik Glenn, Cornelius Bennett, Duane Bickett, Bob Sanders, Anotine Bethea, and Cato June.
Even Edgerrin James, and all-time sack leader Robert Mathis came up short on the list. That shows you the stellar draft history the Colts have had since relocating to Indianapolis.So who lands on my list of the five greatest players ever drafted by the Indianapolis Colts?
5. Reggie Wayne
Wayne was drafted 30th overall in the 2001 NFL draft, and was selected to be paired with Marvin Harrison to give Peyton Manning two elite receiving options.
His rookie campaign he failed to catch a touchdown, and in his first two years would only start in 16 games. By year Wayne would become a full time starter and not miss a game until 2012. He has been the appitamy of consistency since honing a Colts uniform, and has been a dominant reciever since 2004.
Wayne has made six Pro Bowls(2006-2009, 2012) and is a three time All-Pro(2007,2009,2010). He has lead the league in receiving once(2007), and had four seasons with over 100 receptions.
His career totals for now are 1,006 receptions for 13,566 yards, both ranking him second all-time in Colts history, only behind Marvin Harrison. Although if Wayne is healthy in 2014 he has the potential to pass Harrison in both catagories. He has 80 touchdowns to his name, also ranking him second, putting him 48 behind Marvin, a record that might not ever be broke by another Colts.
Wayne should become a Hall of Fame inductee after he retires, and this puts him on the list at number five.