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 choices of the past, the last five or six taken in every roster position and a listing of my top five choices available in this year's process (these do not reflect the position of the Colts).
TOP WIDE RECEIVERS TAKEN IN INDIANAPOLIS ERA
*Winner – Marvin Harrison (D1-96, 19th overall; Years: 1996-2008; Starts/Games: 188/190) *
*Harrison Notes: *Totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns, setting club records. Had 59 100-yard games, third-most in NFL history at retirement. Caught passes in first 190 career games, an NFL record and set NFL seasonal record with 143 receptions in 2002. From 1999-2002, became first NFL player with 100 receptions in four consecutive seasons. From 1999-2006, had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Is the first player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000 reception yards and 10 scoring receptions. Eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and had 25 All-AFC or All-NFL nominations. Said Tony Dungy, "When I came to Indianapolis in 2002, I knew Marvin Harrison was a very talented receiver – quick, fast, sure-handed and explosive. But actually seeing him practice and work on his craft was eye-opening. Watching Marvin every day was like seeing a great artist at work."
Runners Up – Bill Brooks, Pierre Garcon, Sean Dawkins, Austin Collie.
THE LAST FIVE WIDE RECEIVERS DRAFTED BY COLTS:
2012: LaVon Brazill, sixth round, Ohio
2012: T.Y. Hilton, third round, Florida International
2009: Austin Collie, fourth round, Brigham Young
2008: Pierre Garcon, sixth round, Mount Union
2007: Roy Hall, fifth round, Ohio State
KELLEY'S TOP FIVE AVAILABLE IN 2014 DRAFT:
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WATKINS QUOTE-UNQUOTE:** "I think I can do just about anything on the field from wide receiver to running back to slot. I can make plays all over the field. What I love doing is dominating defenses. I think that's what I bring to the game, and I think that's going to turn over to the NFL. When I come into the NFL, I think I can be that dominant receiver."
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
EVANS QUOTE-UNQUOTE:** "Everybody can improve on route running. That's a quality to have. My freshman year, I felt my route running wasn't as good. This past year, I felt I improved, but I have a high ceiling. I think I'm one of the best players in this draft, and I think I am just getting better."
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
COOKS QUOTE-UNQUOTE:** "I'm a playmaker. I'm able to create plays from nothing, be able to catch a three-yard ball, I'll take it the distance. Speed kills and I feel like that's what I'm going to bring to the game."
Odell Beckham, LSU
QUOTE-UNQUOTE on BECKHAM:** "His abilities as a return man will certainly help his draft stock. He displays remarkable vision, agility and acceleration." – Rob Rang, CBSSports.com
Marqise Lee, USC
LEE QUOTE-UNQUOTE: "The main thing is, I'm going to compete, 24-7. No matter what vet is there, who is coming in, what free agent they got, I'm always going to compete and bring a positive mindset to the game."
TOMORROW: Previewing and reviewing quarterbacks.
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.