INDIANAPOLIS – With five picks in the 2014 draft, the Colts are looking to supplement a roster that has helped the team earn consecutive 11-5 records and playoff berths.
There have been a number of significant players taken at all roster positions in the last 30 seasons. Here is a review of the top positional choices of the past, the last five or six taken by the Colts and a listing of my top five choices available in this year’s process (these do not reflect the position of the Colts).
TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN TAKEN IN INDIANAPOLIS ERA
Winner – Tarik Glenn (D1-97, 19th overall; Years: 1997-2006; Starts/Games: 154/154)
Glenn Notes: Mainstay at LT who started 154 games and missed but six outings in 11 seasons. Served through many seasons where line set franchise records for fewest sacks allowed per attempts. Blocked for 1,000-yard rushers Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai and was a member of seven offenses with a 4,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rushers and receivers, the most by one franchise in history. Three-time Pro Bowler. Said Tony Dungy, “Any time you can pick a left tackle who’s going to anchor your line for years, those are so hard to come by. To have Tarik in place where you knew you didn’t have to worry for a decade, you can’t overestimate the importance. Tarik was so solid and did his job, and we didn’t give him a lot of help. It was week-in and week-out, ‘You’re going to take the best pass rusher and handle him.’ That was one of the best picks the Colts ever made. We had that position solved and didn’t look back.”
Runners Up – Ryan Diem, Ron Solt, Steve McKinney, Jake Scott.
THE LAST FIVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN DRAFTED BY COLTS (BY POSITION):
2005: Rob Hunt, fifth round, North Dakota State
2005: Dylan Gandy, fourth round, Texas Tech
1991: Rob Luedeke, twelfth round, Penn State
2011: Ben Ijalana, second round, Villanova
2010: Jacques McClendon, fourth round, Tennessee
2009: Jaimie Thomas, seventh round, Maryland
2006: Charlie Johnson, sixth round, Oklahoma State
2006: Michael Toudouze, fifth round, TCU
2004: Jake Scott, fifth round, Idaho
KELLEY’S TOP FIVE AVAILABLE IN 2014 DRAFT:
Marcus Martin, USC
Weston Richburg, Colorado State
Travis Swanson, Arkansas
SWANSON QUOTE-UNQUOTE: “I would say my football intelligence (separates me from other centers in draft). I’ve met some of them. I’ve never watched any of them play, so I’m not going to talk on their behalf. I just know I’m a very smart player and a leader. … I feel like that’s (knowledge of the game) one of my strengths. I had great coaches throughout my five years at Arkansas. I had three different offensive line coaches, two head coaches, multiple coordinators and you get to pick the brains of every single one of them. That’s helped me out a bunch and shows versatility.”
Russell Bodine, North Carolina
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
David Yankey, Stanford
Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Trai Turner, LSU
Brandon Thomas, Clemson
Greg Robinson, Auburn
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Joel Bitonio, Nevada
NEXT: Previewing and reviewing defensive linemen.
Note: The content in this story and in the series of draft-eligible players that appears on Colts.com in no way reflects the position of the Indianapolis Colts.