The draft is on April 25-27, starting nine days from now.
To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.
In a week’s worth of tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:
1268, Peyton Manning (D1-98)
814, Andrew Luck (D1-12)
757, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)
660, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)
497, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)
497, Edgerrin James (D1-99)
439, Robert Mathis (D5-03)
398, Dallas Clark (D1-03)
389, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)
280, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)
Six days ago, we posted the early leaders, and there has been no change in the order. Edgerrin James has caught Dwight Freeney, and Marshall Faulk has sneaked up on Dallas Clark.
Faulk (1994) and Marvin Harrison (1996) are the two draft-oldest players in the voting.
Peyton Manning (1998) is the third-oldest in draft chronology, and he leads runner-up Andrew Luck, the youngest player in the top 10, by a wide margin.
The Manning-Luck 1-2 punch could underscore the value of their position while highlighting the talent each brings to it. It is a quarterback-driven league.
Numbers three (Reggie Wayne) and four (Marvin Harrison) are and were (respectively) frequent targets in the club’s potent passing offense.
Both Harrison (12,766) and Wayne (10,602) went past 10,000 yards in completions from Manning, while Wayne snared 106 passes for 1,355 yards from Luck in 2013.
The bulk of the players in the top 10 were a part of the 2000-09 decade when the Colts won 115 regular-season games, six division titles, two AFC crowns and Super Bowl XLI. Manning (141), Wayne (127), Harrison (118), Freeney (112) and Mathis (105) are five of the 14 Colts players who participated in more than 100 regular-season wins.
Faulk’s 1999 departure opened the door for James and from 1994-2005, the Colts had some of the most productive rushing offenses in the NFL.
As the voting continues, feel free to vote your convictions, but there are a number of players on the list who had very noteworthy careers beyond the opening rounds.
Mathis (fifth-round) and Antoine Bethea (sixth-round) are the two lowest round players in the top 10. There are some on the list of 60 who had great careers, too.
Thank you again for voting. We love the support you have for the Colts.
We know you are looking forward to next week’s draft.
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