The 2010 draft for Indianapolis was not a jaw dropping draft for Indianapolis, and with the first two selections the Colts would pass on a few players that would turn out to become great players in this league. Although it is hard to look back in any draft and say “damn, if only”, this might be that one draft.
1st round, 31st overall – Jerry Hughes (DE, TCU)
Jerry Hughes found himself thrown into 12 games as a rookie, during which he made six tackles and no sacks. The following season, Hughes played in another 12 games, earning a start in one of them. In that season Hughes made 6 more tackles and added his first career sack.
Hughes was finally able make an impact in all 16 games in his final season making four sacks as well as 29 tackles. Hughes final season also came with a $25,000 fine for a late his against Jacksonville. Hughes is now on the Buffalo Bills’ roster after beiung traded to the team in April of 2013.
Players the Colts would pass on included Zane Beadles, TJ Ward, and Rob Gronkowski, all of whom have made the Pro Bowl at least once.