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5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Indianapolis Colts History

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5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Indianapolis Colts History

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The Indianapolis Colts have been one of the few teams in the NFL to have great success with nearly all of their draft picks. During the Bill Polian era, the Colts were known for drafting well, yet before Peyton Manning arrived in 1998, the Colts consistently whiffed on some big picks.

Which begs the question: What are the five biggest NFL Draft blunders in Indianapolis Colts history? Read ahead to find out.

5. Art Schlichter

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5. Art Schlichter

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This may actually be a generous spot on this list for quarterback Art Schlichter, who the Colts selected fourth overall in the 1982 draft. In his brief three-year career with the Colts, Schlichter lost all six of his starts, threw only three touchdowns to 11 interceptions and was banned for compulsive gambling. The Schlichter debacle led the Colts to get involved in the John Elway saga in 1983.

4. Trev Alberts

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4. Trev Alberts

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Linebacker Trev Alberts was selected fifth overall in the 1994 Draft by the Colts, who needed a linebacker after the Quentin Coryatt pick in 1992 failed. Alberts was an equally disappointing player for Indianapolis as he only started seven games in three years. With injuries holding him back, Alberts only recorded four sacks and one interception. Looks like Mel Kiper Jr. was right and Bill Tobin was dead wrong.

3. Jeff George

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3. Jeff George

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Another quarterback flop, the Colts traded all the way up to No. 1 to select Jeff George. George lasted four seasons in Indianapolis, winning only 14 of 35 games. George finished his Indianapolis tenure with 41 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. The worst part of George's tenure was the fact that the Colts traded both Andre Rison and Chris Hinton, Pro Bowl players, to Atlanta in the deal.

2. Steve Emtman

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2. Steve Emtman

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Like 1990, the Colts had the No. 1 overall pick in 1992, and this time they selected defensive end Steve Emtman. In each of Emtman's three seasons in Indianapolis, he finished the year on injured reserve. His best season produced only three sacks and 49 tackles in his rookie season. The Colts also held the No. 2 overall pick, which they used to select Coryatt, and even he was an equally disappointing bust.

1. john Elway

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1. John elway

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In the historic 1983 NFL Draft, the Colts made the right move by selecting John Elway, but the way they handled it made it the worst move in team history. Instead of getting equal value for Elway, who refused to play for the Colts, they did what to amounts to one dollar for ten cents. The Colts traded Elway to Denver for Hinton, Mark Hermann and a 1984 first-round pick. This move would lead the Colts to move from Baltimore the next year.