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1 2017 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS NFL DRAFT RELEASE Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center | P.O. Box 535000 | Indianapolis, IN 46253 | www.colts.com | media.colts.com The 2017 NFL Draft will be conducted from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. The draft will return to primetime for rounds 1-3. Date Round Start Time Time Per Pick Thursday, April 27 1 8 p.m. EDT 10 minutes Friday, April 28 2 7 p.m. EDT 7 minutes 3 5 minutes Saturday, April 29 4 Noon EDT 5 minutes 5 5 minutes 6 5 minutes 7 4 minutes Note: Compensatory picks are five minutes for rounds 3-6 and four min- utes for round 7. Compensatory picks may be traded this year for the first time. 82ND ANNUAL NFL DRAFT The 82nd NFL Draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia for the first time in more than 50 years. The three-day event will all take place out- doors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For the first time in history, the NFL Draft Theater will be constructed outside on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 2017 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN Deportes and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio, ESPN Radio and ESPN De- portes. There will be 253 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain qual- ity unrestricted free agents last year. The first NFL Draft took place at the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton on Febru- ary 8, 1936. The city has hosted the event 11 times, and this is the first time since 1961. “Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremen- dous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Jeffrey Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Eagles, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans.” The NFL Draft, which had been held in New York from 1965-2014, re- turned to Chicago in 2015 for the first time since 1964. Chicago served as the location for the NFL Draft in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, 1962-64, 2015 and 2016. The 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago hosted more than 225,000 fans mak- ing their way down Michigan Avenue and attending the draft inside the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, Selection Square and Draft Town located in Grant Park, over three days. 2017 NFL DRAFT HELD IN PHILADELPHIA The Colts enter the 2017 NFL Draft with seven picks in the first five rounds. Indianapolis was awarded a fourth-round compensatory pick (144th overall) from the NFL. Round Pick in Round Overall Selection 1 15 15 2 14 46 3 16 80 4 15 121 4 31 137 4 38 144 5 14 158 TRADES EFFECTING THE COLTS DRAFT: On September 11, 2015, the Colts traded a conditional late-round 2017 NFL Draft pick (seventh-round, 233rd overall) to the Browns in exchange for defensive tackle Billy Winn. On March 9, 2017, Indianapolis traded tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick (200th overall) to the Patriots in exchange for a fourth- round selection (137th overall). COLTS HOLD 7 PICKS IN 2017 DRAFT Seven of the Colts’ eight 2016 Draft picks registered at least one start as a rookie. Center Ryan Kelly became the first Colts rookie center to start all 16 games and the fifth offensive lineman in team history to ac- complish that feat. He was also one of 11 rookies to start all 16 games in 2016. COLTS ROOKIE STARTERS, 2016 NFL SEASON Player Position Started Ryan Kelly C 16 Joe Haeg T/G 14 Hassan Ridgeway DE 5 T.J. Green S 4 Antonio Morrison ILB 4 Le’Raven Clark T 3 Austin Blythe C/G 1 COLTS ROOKIE STARTERS, 2016 SEASON The Colts will make their first-round selection with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft. LAST 10 COLTS FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICES 2016 - C-Ryan Kelly, Alabama 2015 - WR-Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL) 2013 - OLB-Bjoern Werner, Florida State 2012 - QB-Andrew Luck, Stanford 2011 - OT-Anthony Castonzo, Boston College 2010 - DE-Jerry Hughes, TCU 2009 - RB-Donald Brown, Connecticut 2007 - WR-Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio State 2006 - RB-Joseph Addai, LSU 2005 - DB-Marlin Jackson, Michigan LAST 10 NFL DRAFT PICKS AT NO. 15 OVERALL 2016 - WR-Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns 2015 - RB-Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers 2014 - OLB-Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 - S-Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints 2012 - DE-Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks 2011 - C-Mike Pouncey, Miami Dolphins 2010 - DE-Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants 2009 - LB-Brian Cushing, Houston Texans 2008 - T-Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs 2007 - LB-Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers COLTS IN THE FIRST ROUND

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    2017 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS NFL DRAFT RELEASE

    Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center |P.O. Box 535000 | Indianapolis, IN 46253 |

    www.colts.com | media.colts.com

    The 2017 NFL Draft will be conducted from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. The draft will return to primetime for rounds 1-3.

    Date Round Start Time Time Per PickThursday, April 27 1 8 p.m. EDT 10 minutesFriday, April 28 2 7 p.m. EDT 7 minutes 3 5 minutesSaturday, April 29 4 Noon EDT 5 minutes 5 5 minutes 6 5 minutes 7 4 minutes

    Note: Compensatory picks are five minutes for rounds 3-6 and four min-utes for round 7. Compensatory picks may be traded this year for the first time.

    82ND ANNUAL NFL DRAFT

    The 82nd NFL Draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia for the first time in more than 50 years. The three-day event will all take place out-doors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For the first time in history, the NFL Draft Theater will be constructed outside on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    The 2017 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN Deportes and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio, ESPN Radio and ESPN De-portes.

    There will be 253 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain qual-ity unrestricted free agents last year.

    The first NFL Draft took place at the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton on Febru-ary 8, 1936. The city has hosted the event 11 times, and this is the first time since 1961.

    Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremen-dous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players, said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jeffrey Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Eagles, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans.

    The NFL Draft, which had been held in New York from 1965-2014, re-turned to Chicago in 2015 for the first time since 1964. Chicago served as the location for the NFL Draft in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, 1962-64, 2015 and 2016.

    The 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago hosted more than 225,000 fans mak-ing their way down Michigan Avenue and attending the draft inside the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, Selection Square and Draft Town located in Grant Park, over three days.

    2017 NFL DRAFT HELD IN PHILADELPHIA

    The Colts enter the 2017 NFL Draft with seven picks in the first five rounds. Indianapolis was awarded a fourth-round compensatory pick (144th overall) from the NFL.

    Round Pick in Round Overall Selection 1 15 15 2 14 46 3 16 80 4 15 121 4 31 137 4 38 144 5 14 158

    TRADES EFFECTING THE COLTS DRAFT:On September 11, 2015, the Colts traded a conditional late-round 2017 NFL Draft pick (seventh-round, 233rd overall) to the Browns in exchange for defensive tackle Billy Winn.

    On March 9, 2017, Indianapolis traded tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick (200th overall) to the Patriots in exchange for a fourth-round selection (137th overall).

    COLTS HOLD 7 PICKS IN 2017 DRAFT

    Seven of the Colts eight 2016 Draft picks registered at least one start as a rookie. Center Ryan Kelly became the first Colts rookie center to start all 16 games and the fifth offensive lineman in team history to ac-complish that feat. He was also one of 11 rookies to start all 16 games in 2016.

    COLTS ROOKIE STARTERS, 2016 NFL SEASONPlayer Position StartedRyan Kelly C 16Joe Haeg T/G 14Hassan Ridgeway DE 5T.J. Green S 4Antonio Morrison ILB 4LeRaven Clark T 3Austin Blythe C/G 1

    COLTS ROOKIE STARTERS, 2016 SEASON

    The Colts will make their first-round selection with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

    LAST 10 COLTS FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICES2016 - C-Ryan Kelly, Alabama2015 - WR-Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL)2013 - OLB-Bjoern Werner, Florida State2012 - QB-Andrew Luck, Stanford2011 - OT-Anthony Castonzo, Boston College2010 - DE-Jerry Hughes, TCU2009 - RB-Donald Brown, Connecticut2007 - WR-Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio State2006 - RB-Joseph Addai, LSU2005 - DB-Marlin Jackson, Michigan

    LAST 10 NFL DRAFT PICKS AT NO. 15 OVERALL2016 - WR-Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns2015 - RB-Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers2014 - OLB-Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers2013 - S-Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints2012 - DE-Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks2011 - C-Mike Pouncey, Miami Dolphins2010 - DE-Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants2009 - LB-Brian Cushing, Houston Texans2008 - T-Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs2007 - LB-Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    2017 NFL DRAFT NOTES

    WR-KAMAR AIKENAiken joins the Colts following his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens (2013-16), Chicago Bears (2012), New England Patriots (2012) and Buffalo Bills (2011). In 51 career games (20 starts), he has caught 128 passes for 1,539 yards and nine touchdowns. Aiken has also competed in two postseason contests, totaling two catches for 23 yards and one score. He was originally signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011 out of UCF.

    TE-MO ALIE-COXAlie-Cox was a four-year standout on the Virginia Commonwealth University basketball team. Although he has not played football since his freshman year in high school, Alie-Cox possesses the athleticism to make the transition to football similar to Indianapo-lis tight ends Erik Swoope and Marcus Pollard, San Diego tight end Antonio Gates and Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham. With the Rams, Alie-Cox started 103-of-142 career games and totaled 1,092 points, 663 rebounds, 87 steals, 112 assists and 255 blocks in 3,322 minutes. He connected on 57.4 percent from the field and 68.7 percent from the free throw line.

    ILB-JON BOSTICBostic previously spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions (2016), New England Patriots (2015) and Chicago Bears (2013-14). He has competed in 40 career games (18 starts) and has compiled 140 tackles (101 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, four passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one interception and four special teams stops. Bostic was originally selected by the Bears in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Florida.

    LS-JOE FORTUNATOFortunato played in 46 career games as a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) at Delaware. He served as the teams long snapper on punts all four years and was the long snapper on placements in his final two seasons with the Blue Hens. Fortunato did not miss a game during his career and finished with five special teams tackles.

    DT-JOHNATHAN HANKINSHankins spent the last four seasons (2013-16) with the New York Giants. He has played in 52 career games (41 starts) and totaled 140 tackles (89 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Hankins has appeared in one postseason contest (one start) and tallied three tackles (two solo), 1.0 tackle for loss and 1.0 sack. He was originally selected by the Giants in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

    DE-MARGUS HUNTHunt spent the last four seasons (2013-16) with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has played in 44 career games and compiled 26 tackles (14 solo), 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed and four special teams stops. Hunt has also blocked three kicks (one field goal and two PATs). He has appeared in two postseason contests and tallied two tackles and 0.5 sack. Hunt was originally selected by the Bengals in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of SMU.

    P-JEFF LOCKELocke spent the last four seasons (2013-16) with the Minnesota Vikings. He has played in 64 games and totaled 290 punts for 12,535 yards (43.2 avg./38.7 net avg.) with 101 punts inside the 20-yard line, 81 kicks of 50-plus yards and a long of 72 yards. Locke has appeared in one postseason contest and tallied five punts for 172 yards (34.4 avg./32.4 net avg.) and one punt inside the 20-yard line. He was originally selected by the Vikings in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCLA.

    OLB-BARKEVIOUS MINGOMingo has played in 62 career NFL games (16 starts) with the New England Patriots (2016) and Cleveland Browns (2013-15) and totaled 106 tackles (73 solo), 7.0 sacks, 11 passes defensed, one interception, one fumble recovery and 17 special teams stops. He has appeared in three postseason contests and registered two special teams tackles. Mingo was a member of the Patriots Super Bowl LI winning team. He was traded to New England on August 25, 2016 after originally being selected by the Browns in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of LSU.

    C/G-BRIAN SCHWENKESchwenke spent the last four seasons (2013-16) with the Tennessee Titans. He has played in 41 career games (28 starts) at center and guard. Schwenke was originally selected by the Titans in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of California. In 2016, he saw action in all 16 games (three starts) for the first time in his career. Schwenkes three starts came at right guard. He helped the Titans rush for an average of 136.7 yards per game, which ranked third in the NFL. Schwenke also helped Tennessee tie for seventh in the league in fewest sacks allowed.

    OLB-JABAAL SHEARDSheard is a six-year NFL veteran who spent two seasons with the New England Patriots (2015-16) and four years with the Cleve-land Browns (2011-14). He was a member of New Englands Super Bowl LI championship team last season. Sheard has competed in 89 career games (59 starts) and has totaled 260 tackles (170 solo), 36.0 sacks, 43.0 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has also participated in five postseason games, totaling 16 tackles (nine solo), 0.5 sack and 1.0 tackle for loss.

    OLB-JOHN SIMONSimon has four years of NFL experience with the Houston Texans (2014-16) and Baltimore Ravens (2013). He has played in 45 career games (13 starts) and has totaled 109 tackles (72 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 11 special teams stops. Simon has appeared in one postseason contest and registered eight tack-les (five solo) and 1.0 tackle for loss. He was originally selected by the Ravens in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

    ILB-SEAN SPENCESpence has five years of NFL experience after spending time with the Tennessee Titans (2016) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2012-15). He has played in 46 career games (19 starts) and totaled 163 tackles (97 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, three passes de-fensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 13 special teams stops. Spence has seen action in three postseason contests (one start) and tallied two tackles (one solo) and one forced fumble. He was originally selected by the Steelers in the third round

    COLTS FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS

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    2017 NFL DRAFT NOTES

    WR-QUAN BRAYBray has played in 15 career games and totaled three receptions for 36 yards, one carry for seven yards, 28 punt returns for 224 yards (8.0 avg.) and 30 kickoff returns for 801 yards (26.7 avg.). He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015 out of Auburn.

    In 2016, Bray saw action in six games, caught three passes for 36 yards and had one carry for seven yards. He also tallied seven punt returns for 58 yards (8.5 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 231 yards (25.7 avg.). As a rookie in 2015, Bray spent the first seven weeks of the season on the teams practice squad before being signed to the active roster and inserted as the Colts primary kickoff and punt returner. He finished his rookie season with 21 punt returns for 166 yards (7.9 avg.) and 21 kickoff returns for 570 yards (27.1 avg.). Despite playing in only nine games, Bray finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL in kickoff return average and 11th in kickoff return yards. Since taking over the duties in Week 8, his 570 kickoff return yards ranked fourth best in the NFL from Weeks 8-17.

    CB-DARIUS BUTLERButler was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 25, 2012. He has played in 109 career NFL games (38 starts) and totaled 302 tackles (253 solo), 62 passes defensed, 15 interceptions (four returned for touchdowns), six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 12 special teams stops. Butler has also appeared in eight postseason contests (two starts) and tallied 20 tackles (17 solo), three passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2016, he saw action in 12 games (seven starts) and registered 34 tackles (28 solo), seven passes defensed, three interceptions and one forced fumble. Butlers three interceptions led the team.

    In five seasons with Indianapolis (2012-16), Butler has appeared in 67 games (24 starts) and collected 212 tackles (172 solo), 41 passes de-fensed, 12 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 10 special teams stops. He has seen action in six postseason contests (two starts) with the Colts and recorded 18 tackles (15 solo), three passes defensed and one forced fumble.

    Prior to joining Indianapolis, Butler spent time with the Carolina Panthers (2011) and New England Patriots (2009-2010). He was originally se-lected by the Patriots in the second round (41st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

    TE-JACK DOYLEDoyle was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Tennessee Titans on September 1, 2013. He has played in 63 games (21 starts) with Indianapolis and totaled 94 receptions for 793 yards and eight touchdowns. The Indianapolis native has also appeared in five postseason contests (one start) and tallied seven receptions for 30 yards.

    In 2016, Doyle appeared in all 16 games (career-high 14 starts) for the third consecutive season and set career highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (584) and touchdowns (five). His 78.7 catch percentage led all NFL tight ends and ranked ninth in the NFL, while his five touchdown receptions ranked tied for 10th among tight ends. Doyle appeared in all 16 games (two starts) in 2015 and registered 12 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. In 2014, he saw action in all 16 games (one start) and collected 18 receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Doyle played in three postseason contests and made six catches for 23 yards. He appeared in 15 games (four starts) as a rookie in 2013 and tallied five receptions for 19 yards. Doyle saw action in two postseason contests (one start) and caught one pass for seven yards.

    TE-ERIK SWOOPESwoope has appeared in 17 career games (four starts) and compiled 15 receptions for 297 yards (19.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He has also registered six special teams tackles. Swoope originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 after playing collegiate basketball at Miami (FL).

    In 2016, Swoope saw action in all 16 games (four starts) for the first time in his career and caught 15 passes for 297 yards (19.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He also tallied six special teams tackles. Swoope spent the first 15 games of the 2015 season on the teams practice squad before being signed to the active roster and appearing in one game. As a rookie in 2014, he spent the entire season on the teams prac-tice squad.

    RB-ROBERT TURBINTurbin signed with Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2016. He has appeared in 73 career games (three starts) and totaled 328 carries for 1,291 yards (3.9 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Turbin has also caught 76 passes for 629 yards and three touchdowns with the Colts (2016), Dallas Cowboys (2015), Cleveland Browns (2015) and Seattle Seahawks (2012-14). He has seen action in eight postseason contests and registered 37 carries for 128 yards and tallied five receptions for 50 yards. Turbin won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 as a member of the Seahawks.

    In 2016, Turbin played in 15 games and tallied 47 carries for 164 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. He also registered career highs in receptions (26) and receiving yards (179) while catching one touchdown. Turbins seven rushing touchdowns led the team while his eight total touchdowns tied for the team lead.

    COLTS RE-SIGNINGS

    (86th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Miami (FL).

    TE-BRANDON WILLIAMSWilliams has played in 45 career games (one start) with the Seattle Seahawks (2016), Miami Dolphins (2015) and Carolina Pan-thers (2013-15). He has caught six passes for 80 yards and has registered nine special teams tackles. Williams has compiled four kickoff returns for 48 yards (12.0 avg.). He has appeared in five postseason contests (one start) and made two special teams stops. Williams originally signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 out of Oregon.

    NT-AL WOODSWoods has seven years of NFL experience with the Tennessee Titans (2014-16), Pittsburgh Steelers (2011-13), Seattle Seahawks (2011) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010). He has played in 81 career games (19 starts) and totaled 120 tackles (68 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes defensed. Woods was originally selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of LSU.

    COLTS FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS

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    2017 NFL DRAFT NOTES

    The Colts 2016 draft class combined to play in 95 games with 47 starts last season. All eight draft selections saw game action and below is a summary of their production.

    C-RYAN KELLY - 1ST ROUND (18TH OVERALL)Kelly started all 16 games to become the first Colts rookie center and the fifth offensive lineman in team history to accomplish that feat. He was one of 11 rookies to start all 16 games in 2016 and one of two centers. Kelly was part of an offensive line that paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older.

    S-T.J. GREEN - 2ND ROUND (57TH OVERALL)Green appeared in 15 games (four starts) and totaled 46 tackles (33 solo), two passes defensed and two special teams tackles.

    T-LERAVEN CLARK - 3RD ROUND (82ND OVERALL)Clark saw action in eight games (three starts) at right tackle. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older.

    DT-HASSAN RIDGEWAY - 4TH ROUND (116TH OVERALL)Ridgeway played in all 16 games (five starts) and tallied 23 tackles (nine solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed and blocked one extra point attempt. He earned his first career start in Week 11 and started five of the final seven contests of the season.

    ILB-ANTONIO MORRISON - 4TH ROUND (125TH OVERALL)Morrison played in all 16 games (four starts) and compiled 45 tackles (28 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss and eight special teams stops. He started the final four contests of the season.

    T-JOE HAEG - 5TH ROUND (155TH OVERALL)Haeg started 14-of-15 games as a rookie at left guard, right guard and right tackle to become the first league rookie to start at three different positions dating back to 1998 (Kyle Turley). He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older.

    OLB-TREVOR BATES - 7TH ROUND (239TH OVERALL)Bates spent the first four weeks of the season on the teams practice squad before being signed to the active roster and playing in Week 5. He was waived on October 13 and finished the season on the New England Patriots practice squad.

    C/G-AUSTIN BLYTHE - 7TH ROUND (248TH OVERALL)Blythe appeared in eight games and made one start at right tackle. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older.

    Last season, the Colts led the NFL with 34 combined rookie starts along the offensive line (Kelly - 16, Haeg - 14, Clark - 3, Blythe - 1).

    2016 DRAFT PICKS PRODUCTION

    The Colts selected center Ryan Kelly in the first round (18th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He was one of 11 rookies to start all 16 games in 2016 and one of only two centers.

    ROOKIES 16-GAME STARTERS,2016 SEASON

    Player Drafted PositionRyan Kelly (IND) 1-18 CJack Conklin (TEN) 1-8 OTTaylor Decker (DET) 1-16 OTVernon Hargreaves (TB) 1-11 CBEmmanuel Ogbah (CLE) 2-32 DLDak Prescott (DAL) 4-135 QBJalen Ramsey (JAX) 1-5 CBSterling Shepard (NYG) 2-40 WRJoe Thuney (NE) 3-78 GCarson Wentz (PHI) 1-2 QBCody Whitehair (CHI) 2-56 C

    STARTER FROM DAY ONE

    The Colts have had at least one rookie undrafted free agent make the teams Week 1 53-man roster for the past 18 seasons, which is currently one of the longest active streaks in the NFL. Last year, Indianapolis boasted four rookie undrafted free agents on the Week 1 roster in S-Matthias Farley (Notre Dame), RB-Josh Ferguson (Illinois), OLB-Curt Maggitt (Tennessee) and WR-Chester Rogers (Grambling State).

    The four players combined to play in 55 games (two starts) in their rookie season with the Colts.

    THE DRAFT AFTER THE DRAFT

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    COLTS BY THE DRAFT

    2017 NFL DRAFT NOTES

    Indianapolis currently has 17 players on its roster that the team has selected from the NFL Draft. All 17 players started games for the team in 2016. Below is a breakdown of how the Colts were built by the draft.

    2016 2015 2014 C-Ryan Kelly (1-18) WR-Phillip Dorsett (1-29) T/G-Jack Mewhort (2-59)S-T.J. Green (2-57) DT-Henry Anderson (3-93) WR-Donte Moncrief (3-90)T-LeRaven Clark (3-82) S-Clayton Geathers (4-109)DT-Hassan Ridgeway (4-116) DT-David Parry (5-151)ILB-Antonio Morrison (4-125) T-Denzelle Good (7-255)T-Joe Haeg (5-155)C/G-Austin Blythe (7-248)

    2012 2011QB-Andrew Luck (1-1) T-Anthony Castonzo (1-22)WR-T.Y. Hilton (3-92)

    The table on the right is a breakdown of the Colts draft picks by position since 1984. The positions for each player are what he was listed as at the time he was drafted by the team.

    Since moving to Indianapolis in 1984, the Colts have...

    Selected 290 players in the NFL Draft, including 146 defensive players, 138 offensive players and six specialists.

    Taken six linebackers and six wide receivers in the first round of the draft, which are tied for the most of any other position in the round. Last season, the Colts selected center Ryan Kelly with the 18th overall pick of the draft.

    Selected 41 linebackers in the draft, which is 13 more than the next most-chosen positions (offensive tackle and wide receiver - 28).

    Taken a linebacker in each of the last five drafts. Since 1984, the Colts have taken at least one linebacker in every draft except for 1984, 1986, 1996, 2001, 2009 and 2011.

    Selected at least one offensive lineman in every draft since 2002. Overall, the Colts have picked 55 offensive linemen since 1984, including 28 tackles, 19 guards and eight centers. Last season, In-dianapolis selected four offensive linemen in the draft (center Ryan Kelly, offensive tackle LeRaven Clark, offensive tackle Joe Haeg and center Austin Blythe).

    Taken a running back in six of the last nine drafts, including Josh Robinson (sixth round, 205th overall) in 2015.

    Selected 25 safeties but have never taken one in the first round. The Colts selected safety T.J. Green in the second round (57th overall) in 2016.

    Taken five cornerbacks in the second round of the draft, which is the most of any other position in the round.

    Selected more cornerbacks and safeties (five) in the third round than any other position.

    Taken at least one defensive lineman in the last 10 drafts, including defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (fourth round, 116th overall) in 2016.

    Not taken a kicker or punter since 2009 when the team selected punter Pat McAfee in the seventh round (222nd overall). The earliest the team has taken a kicker or punter was kicker Dave Rayner in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

    Selected 19 offensive guards in the draft, including five in the fourth round.

    Have not selected a tight end since 2013 (Justice Cunningham, seventh round, 254th overall).

    Last time a quarterback was drafted was in 2012 (Andrew Luck, first round, 1st overall).

    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY POSITION SINCE 1984DRAFT ROUND

    POS. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 TOTALLB 6 3 4 5 5 6 5 2 2 2 0 1 41OT 2 2 3 4 6 2 4 0 1 1 2 1 28WR 6 1 3 3 4 3 3 1 3 0 0 1 28RB 4 2 1 4 2 5 4 2 1 0 0 2 27CB 2 5 5 4 2 2 4 1 0 1 0 0 26DT 2 3 4 3 4 2 4 0 0 1 0 2 25S 0 4 5 6 2 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 25

    DE 3 1 2 2 5 0 4 0 0 1 2 1 21OG 1 4 2 5 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 19TE 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 16QB 3 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 12C 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 8

    DB 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 8K 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4P 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

    TOTAL 31 29 33 41 35 34 42 11 8 7 6 13 290

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    COLTS ALL-TIME FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS1953 Billy Vessels, HB Oklahoma1954 Cotton Davidson, QB Baylor1955 George Shaw, QB Oregon (bonus) Alan Ameche, FB Wisconsin1956 Lenny Moore, HB Penn State1957 Jim Parker, T Ohio State1958 Lenny Lyles, HB Louisville1959 Jackie Burkett, C-LB Auburn1960 Ron Mix, T Southern Cal1961 Tom Matte, HB Ohio State1962 Wendell Harris, HB LSU1963 Bob Vogel, T Ohio State1964 Marv Woodson, HB Indiana1965 Mike Curtis, FB-LB Duke1966 Sam Ball, T Kentucky1967 Bubba Smith, T Michigan State Jim Detwiler, HB Michigan1968 John Williams, G Minnesota1969 Eddie Hinton, FL Oklahoma1970 Norm Bulaich, RB TCU1971 Don McCauley, RB North Carolina Leonard Dunlap, DB North Texas State1972 Tom Drougas, T Oregon1973 Bert Jones, QB LSU Joe Ehrmann, DT Syracuse1974 John Dutton, DE Nebraska Roger Carr, WR Louisiana Tech1975 Ken Huff, G North Carolina1976 Ken Novak, DT Purdue1977 Randy Burke, WR Kentucky1978 Reese McCall, TE Auburn1979 Barry Krauss, LB Alabama1980 Curtis Dickey, RB Texas A&M Derrick Hatchett, DB Texas1981 Randy McMillan, RB Pittsburgh Donnell Thompson, DE North Carolina1982 Johnie Cooks, LB Mississippi State Art Schlichter, QB Ohio State1983 John Elway, QB Stanford1984 Leonard Coleman, CB Vanderbilt Ron Solt, OG Maryland1985 Duane Bickett, LB Southern Cal1986 Jon Hand, DE Alabama1987 Cornelius Bennett, LB Alabama1988 No Selection1989 Andre Rison, WR Michigan State1990 Jeff George, QB Illinois1991 No Selection1992 Steve Emtman, DT Washington Quentin Coryatt, LB Texas A&M1993 Sean Dawkins, WR California1994 Marshall Faulk, RB San Diego State Trev Alberts, LB Nebraska1995 Ellis Johnson, DE/T Florida1996 Marvin Harrison, WR Syrcause1997 Tarik Glenn, OT California1998 Peyton Manning, QB Tennessee1999 Edgerrin James, RB Miami2000 Rob Morris, LB Brigham Young2001 Reggie Wayne, WR Miami (FL)2002 Dwight Freeney, DE Syracuse2003 Dallas Clark, TE Iowa2004 No Selection2005 Marlin Jackson, DB Michigan

    2006 Joseph Addai, RB LSU2007 Anthony Gonzalez, WR Ohio State2008 No Selection2009 Donald Brown, RB Connecticut2010 Jerry Hughes, DE Texas Christian2011 Anthony Castonzo, OT Boston College2012 Andrew Luck, QB Stanford2013 Bjoern Werner, OLB Florida State2014 No Selection2015 Phillip Dorsett, WR Miami (FL)2016 Ryan Kelly, C Alabama

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY POSITION SINCE 1984Year Round Pick Player College

    LINEBACKERS (41)2016 4 125 Antonio Morrison Florida2016 7 239 Trevor Bates Maine2015 6 207 Amarlo Herrera Georgia2014 5 166 Jonathan Newsome Ball State2014 6 203 Andrew Jackson Western Kentucky2013 1 24 Bjoern Werner Florida State2012 7 214 Tim Fugger Vanderbilt2010 2 63 Pat Angerer Iowa2010 7 240 Kavell Conner Clemson2008 3 93 Philip Wheeler Georgia Tech2008 5 161 Marcus Howard Georgia2007 4 136 Clint Session Pittsburgh2006 3 94 Freddy Keiaho San Diego State2005 5 173 Tyjuan Hagler Cincinnati2004 3 69 Gilbert Gardner Purdue2004 4 107 Kendyll Pope Florida State2003 5 162 Keyon Whiteside Tennessee2002 4 106 David Thornton North Carolina2000 1 28 Rob Morris Brigham Young2000 2 59 Marcus Washington Auburn1999 2 36 Mike Peterson Florida1998 5 135 Antony Jordon Vanderbilt1997 3 86 Bertrand Berry Notre Dame1997 6 182 Scott Von der Ahe Arizona State1995 6 187 Brian Gelzheiser Penn State1995 7 223 Jessie Cox Mississippi State1994 1 5 Trev Alberts Nebraska1993 4 107 Devon McDonald Notre Dame1993 8 211 Marquise Thomas Mississippi1992 1 2 Quentin Coryatt Texas A&M1992 10 253 Stephen Grant West Virginia1990 6 148 Tony Walker SE Missouri State1990 7 179 James Singletary East Carolina1989 6 155 Quintus McDonald Penn State1989 8 212 Kurt Larson Michigan State1988 9 243 Jeff Herrod Mississippi1988 10 270 OBrien Alston Maryland1987 1 2 Cornelius Bennett Alabama1987 9 247 Bob Ontko Penn State1985 1 5 Duane Bickett USC1984 12 317 Steve Hathaway West Virginia

    OFFENSIVE TACKLES (28)2016 3 82 LeRaven Clark Texas Tech2016 5 155 Joe Haeg North Dakota State2015 7 255 Denzelle Good Mars Hill2014 7 232 Ulrick John Georgia State2011 1 22 Anthony Castonzo Boston College2011 2 49 Ben Ijalana Villanova2009 7 236 Jaimie Thomas Maryland2006 6 199 Charlie Johnson Oklahoma State2004 5 141 Jake Scott Idaho2003 4 122 Steve Sciullo Marshall2001 7 220 Rick DeMulling Idaho2000 5 138 Matt Johnson Brigham Young1997 1 19 Tarik Glenn California1997 2 48 Adam Meadows Georgia1996 6 191 Keith Conlin Penn State1995 5 149 Derek West Colorado1994 3 67 Jason Mathews Texas A&M1991 4 96 Mark Vander Poel Colorado1991 11 292 Jerry Crafts Louisville

    1990 4 106 Rick Cunningham Texas A&M1989 10 266 Jim Thompson Auburn1987 3 58 Chris Gambol Iowa1987 4 86 Randy Dixon Pittsburgh1986 9 228 Bob Brotzki Syracuse1985 5 117 Roger Caron Harvard1985 12 312 Dave Burnette Central Arkansas1984 5 130 Kevin Call Colorado State1984 11 290 Bob Stowe Illinois

    WIDE RECEIVERS (28)2015 1 29 Phillip Dorsett Miami (FL)2014 3 90 Donte Moncrief Mississippi2012 3 92 T.Y. Hilton Florida International2012 6 206 LaVon Brazill Ohio2009 4 127 Austin Collie Brigham Young2008 6 205 Pierre Garcon Mount Union2007 1 32 Anthony Gonzalez Ohio State2007 5 169 Roy Hall Ohio State2001 1 30 Reggie Wayne Miami (FL)1998 2 32 Jerome Pathon Washington1998 3 71 E.G. Green Florida State1997 5 150 Nate Jacquet San Diego State1996 1 19 Marvin Harrison Syracuse1993 1 16 Sean Dawkins California1992 6 141 Shoun Habersham Chattanooga1992 9 225 Eddie Miller South Carolina1991 7 181 James Bradley Michigan State1990 4 83 Stacey Simmons Florida1990 9 232 Darvell Huffman Boston University1989 1 22 Andre Rison Michigan State1989 9 239 William Mackall Tennessee-Martin1988 12 308 Aatron Kenney Wisc.-Stevens Point1987 5 114 Roy Banks Eastern Illinois1987 7 170 Mark Bellini Brigham Young1986 4 86 Bill Brooks Boston University1985 7 173 James Harbour Mississippi1985 8 200 Ricky Nichols East Carolina1984 5 120 Golden Tate Tennessee State

    RUNNING BACKS (27)2015 6 205 Josh Robinson Mississippi State2013 7 230 Kerwynn Williams Utah State2012 5 170 Vick Ballard Mississippi State2011 4 119 Delone Carter Syracuse2009 1 27 Donald Brown Connecticut2008 6 202 Mike Hart Michigan2006 1 30 Joseph Addai LSU2005 7 243 Anthony Davis Wisconsin2002 6 204 Brian Allen Stanford1999 1 4 Edgerrin James Miami (FL)1996 4 115 Brian Milne Penn State1995 3 79 Zack Crockett Florida State1994 1 2 Marshall Faulk San Diego State1994 6 164 Lamont Warren Colorado1993 2 49 Roosevelt Potts Northeast Louisiana1993 7 184 Lance Lewis Nebraska1992 4 85 Rodney Culver Notre Dame1992 5 113 Maury Toy UCLA1992 8 212 Ronald Humphrey Miss. Valley State1991 9 236 Howard Griffith Illinois1990 2 36 Anthony Johnson Notre Dame1990 8 206 Ken Clark Nebraska1989 7 182 Ivy Joe Hunter Kentucky1989 12 314 William Dubose S.C. State

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY POSITION SINCE 19841987 12 309 David Adams Arizona1984 4 103 George Wonsley Mississippi State1984 6 147 Dwight Beverly Illinois

    CORNERBACKS (26)2015 2 65 DJoun Smith Florida Atlantic2011 6 188 Chris Rucker Michigan State2010 3 94 Kevin Thomas USC2010 7 246 Ray Fisher Indiana2009 3 92 Jerraud Powers Auburn2007 3 95 Dante Hughes California2007 5 173 Michael Coe Alabama State2006 2 62 Tim Jennings Georgia2006 7 238 T.J. Rushing Stanford2005 1 29 Marlin Jackson Michigan2005 2 60 Kelvin Hayden Illinois2004 4 125 Jason David Washington State2004 6 173 Von Hutchins Mississippi2003 3 90 Donald Strickland Colorado2001 5 152 Raymond Walls Southern Miss2000 3 91 David Macklin Penn State2000 7 238 Rodregis Brooks UAB1999 4 96 Paul Miranda UCF1998 7 231 Cory Gaines Tennessee1997 4 117 Monty Montgomery Houston1996 2 51 Dedric Mathis Houston1992 2 29 Ashley Ambrose Miss. Valley State1990 4 103 Alan Grant Stanford1987 10 253 Chris Goode Alabama1984 1 8 Leonard Coleman Vanderbilt1984 8 205 Eugene Daniel LSU

    DEFENSIVE TACKLES (25)2016 4 116 Hassan Ridgeway Texas2015 5 151 David Parry Stanford2013 5 139 Montori Hughes UT Martin2012 5 136 Josh Chapman Alabama2011 3 87 Drake Nevis LSU2010 7 238 Ricardo Mathews Cincinnati2009 2 56 Fili Moala USC2009 4 136 Terrance Taylor Michigan2007 3 98 Quinn Pitcock Ohio State2002 2 42 Larry Tripplett Washington2002 6 182 David Pugh Virginia Tech2000 7 235 Rob Renes Michigan1996 5 151 Steve Martin Missouri1995 1 15 Ellis Johnson Florida1994 7 196 Lance Teichelman Texas A&M1992 1 1 Steve Emtman Washington1992 4 105 Tony McCoy Florida1991 6 152 Mel Agee Illinois1989 3 72 Mitchell Benson TCU1986 12 309 Steve Wade Vanderbilt1986 12 326 Isaac Williams Florida State1985 10 256 Andre Pinesett Cal State Fullerton1984 2 35 Blaise Winter Syracuse1984 3 66 Chris Scott Purdue1986 7 171 Steve OMalley Northern Illinois

    SAFETIES (25)2016 2 57 T.J. Green Clemson2015 4 109 Clayton Geathers Central Florida2013 6 192 John Boyett Oregon2007 4 131 Brannon Condren Troy2006 6 207 Antoine Bethea Howard

    2005 4 135 Matt Giordano California2004 2 44 Bob Sanders Iowa2003 2 58 Mike Doss Ohio State2003 6 198 Cato June Michigan2002 3 74 Joseph Jefferson Western Kentucky2002 6 183 James Lewis Miami (FL)2001 2 37 Idrees Bashir Memphis2001 3 91 Cory Bird Virginia Tech2001 6 193 Jason Doering Wisconsin1995 4 114 Ray McElroy Eastern Illinois1994 5 133 John Covington Notre Dame1993 3 65 Ray Buchanan Louisville1993 4 92 Derwin Gray Brigham Young1989 7 185 Charles Washington Cameron1992 8 197 Jason Belser Oklahoma1991 3 69 Dave McCloughan Colorado1988 4 104 Michael Ball Southern University1988 5 129 John Baylor Southern Miss1987 6 142 Freddie Robinson Alabama1985 3 61 Anthony Young Temple

    DEFENSIVE ENDS (21)2015 3 93 Henry Anderson Stanford2010 1 31 Jerry Hughes TCU2007 7 242 Keyunta Dawson Texas Tech2005 3 92 Vincent Burns Kentucky2005 5 148 Jonathan Welsh Wisconsin2003 5 138 Robert Mathis Alabama A&M2002 1 11 Dwight Freeney Syracuse2002 7 220 Josh Mallard Georgia2000 4 122 Josh Williams Michigan1999 5 138 Brad Scioli Penn State1999 7 250 Corey Terry Tennessee1997 5 156 Carl Powell Louisville1992 7 169 Derek Steele Maryland1992 12 309 Michael Brandon Florida1991 2 40 Shane Curry Miami (FL)1991 10 263 Frank Gianetti Penn State1990 11 290 Carnel Smith Pittsburgh1987 11 281 Jim Reynosa Arizona State1986 1 4 Jon Hand Alabama1986 5 117 Scott Kellar Northern Illinois1985 4 88 Willie Broughton Miami (FL)

    GUARDS (19)2014 2 59 Jack Mewhort Ohio State2013 3 86 Hugh Thornton Illinois2012 7 208 Justin Anderson Georgia2010 4 129 Jacques McClendon Tennessee2008 2 59 Mike Pollak Arizona State2008 7 236 Jamey Richard Buffalo2007 2 42 Tony Ugoh Arkansas2006 5 162 Michael Toudouze TCU2003 6 208 Makoa Freitas Arizona2001 4 118 Ryan Diem Northern Illinois1999 3 63 Brandon Burlsworth Arkansas1998 4 93 Steve McKinney Texas A&M1998 7 190 Aaron Taylor Nebraska1994 2 32 Eric Mahlum California1990 4 94 William Schultz USC1990 12 316 Dean Brown Notre Dame1989 4 99 Pat Tomberlin Florida State1986 10 266 Pete Anderson Georgia1984 1 19 Ron Solt Maryland

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY POSITION SINCE 1984TIGHT ENDS (16)2013 7 254 Justice Cunningham South Carolina2012 2 34 Coby Fleener Stanford2012 3 64 Dwayne Allen Clemson2010 5 162 Brody Eldridge Oklahoma2008 4 127 Jacob Tamme Kentucky2008 6 196 Tom Santi Virginia2004 3 68 Ben Hartsock Ohio State2003 1 24 Dallas Clark Iowa1996 3 82 Scott Slutzker Iowa1995 2 48 Ken Dilger Illinois1994 4 106 Bradford Banta USC1993 6 157 Carlos Etheredge Miami (FL)1991 5 125 Kerry Cash Texas1991 8 208 Tim Bruton Missouri1988 11 297 Donnie Dee Tulsa1985 9 229 Mark Boyer USC

    QUARTERBACKS (12)2012 1 1 Andrew Luck Stanford2012 7 253 Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois2009 6 201 Curtis Painter Purdue2004 6 193 Jim Sorgi Wisconsin1998 1 1 Peyton Manning Tennessee1996 6 205 Mike Cawley James Madison1990 1 1 Jeff George Illinois1990 12 311 Gene Benhart Western Illinois1989 11 296 Wayne Johnson Georgia1989 12 323 Steve Taylor Nebraska1988 3 76 Chris Chandler Washington1986 2 47 Jack Trudeau Illinois

    CENTERS (8)2016 1 18 Ryan Kelly Alabama2016 7 248 Austin Blythe Iowa2013 4 121 Khaled Holmes USC2008 6 201 Steve Justice Wake Forest2005 4 129 Dylan Gandy Texas Tech2005 5 165 Rob Hunt North Dakota State1991 12 319 Rob Luedeke Penn State1986 5 124 Gary Walker Boston University

    DEFENSIVE BACKS (8)1997 7 219 Clarence Thompson Knoxville1996 7 232 Adrian Robinson Baylor1990 8 213 Harvey Wilson Southern University1987 8 200 Chuckie Miller UCLA1986 7 190 Tommy Sims Tennessee1986 8 198 Trell Hooper Memphis1985 2 32 Don Anderson Purdue1984 4 93 Craig Curry Texas

    KICKERS (4)2005 6 202 Dave Rayner Michigan State2004 7 229 David Kimball Penn State1988 12 327 Tim Vesling Syracuse1986 7 172 Chris White Illinois

    PUNTERS (2)2009 7 222 Pat McAfee West Virginia1999 7 210 Hunter Smith Notre Dame

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY COLLEGE SINCE 1984Year Round Pick Player Position

    ILLINOIS (10)2013 3 86 Hugh Thornton G2005 2 60 Kelvin Hayden CB1995 2 48 Ken Dilger TE1991 9 236 Howard Griffith RB1991 6 152 Mel Agee DT1990 1 1 Jeff George QB1986 2 47 Jack Trudeau QB1986 7 172 Chris White K1984 6 147 Dwight Beverly RB1984 11 290 Bob Stowe OT

    PENN STATE (10)2004 7 229 David Kimball K2000 3 91 David Macklin CB1999 5 138 Brad Scioli DE1996 4 115 Brian Milne RB1996 6 191 Keith Conlin OT1995 6 187 Brian Gelzheiser LB1991 10 263 Frank Gianetti DE1991 12 319 Rob Luedeke C1989 6 155 Quintus McDonald LB1987 9 247 Bob Ontko LB

    GEORGIA (8)2015 6 207 Amarlo Herrera ILB2012 7 208 Justin Anderson OG2008 5 161 Marcus Howard LB2006 2 62 Tim Jennings CB2002 7 220 Josh Mallard DE1997 2 48 Adam Meadows OT1989 11 296 Wayne Johnson QB1986 10 266 Pete Anderson OG

    MIAMI (FL) (7)2015 1 29 Phillip Dorsett WR2002 6 183 James Lewis S2001 1 30 Reggie Wayne WR1999 1 4 Edgerrin James RB1993 6 157 Carlos Etheredge TE1991 2 40 Shane Curry DE1985 4 88 Willie Broughton DE

    NOTRE DAME (7)1999 7 210 Hunter Smith P1997 3 86 Bertrand Berry LB1994 5 133 John Covington S1993 4 107 Devon McDonald LB1992 4 85 Rodney Culver RB1990 2 36 Anthony Johnson RB1990 12 316 Dean Brown OG

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (7)2013 4 121 Khaled Holmes C/G2010 3 94 Kevin Thomas CB2009 2 56 Fili Moala DT1994 4 106 Bradford Banta TE1990 4 94 William Schultz OG1985 1 5 Duane Bickett LB1985 9 229 Mark Boyer TE

    STANFORD (7)2015 3 93 Henry Anderson DE

    2015 5 151 David Parry DT2012 1 1 Andrew Luck QB2012 2 34 Coby Fleener TE2006 7 238 T.J. Rushing CB2002 6 204 Brian Allen RB1990 4 103 Alan Grant CB

    ALABAMA (6)2016 1 18 Ryan Kelly C2012 5 136 Josh Chapman DT1987 1 2 Cornelius Bennett LB1987 6 142 Freddie Robinson S1987 10 253 Chris Goode CB1986 1 4 Jon Hand DE

    FLORIDA (6)2016 4 125 Antonio Morrison ILB1999 2 36 Mike Peterson LB1995 1 15 Ellis Johnson DT1992 4 105 Tony McCoy DT1992 12 309 Michael Brandon DE1990 4 83 Stacey Simmons WR

    FLORIDA STATE (6)2013 1 24 Bjoern Werner OLB2004 4 107 Kendyll Pope LB1998 3 71 E.G. Green WR1995 3 79 Zack Crockett RB1989 4 99 Pat Tomberlin OG1986 12 326 Isaac Williams DT

    IOWA (6)2016 7 248 Austin Blythe C2010 2 63 Pat Angerer LB2004 2 44 Bob Sanders S2003 1 24 Dallas Clark TE1996 3 82 Scott Slutzker TE1987 3 58 Chris Gambol OT

    MICHIGAN (6)2009 4 136 Terrance Taylor DT2008 6 202 Mike Hart RB2005 1 29 Marlin Jackson CB2003 6 198 Cato June S2000 4 122 Josh Williams DE2000 7 235 Rob Renes DT

    OHIO STATE (6)2014 2 59 Jack Mewhort G2007 1 32 Anthony Gonzalez WR2007 3 98 Quinn Pitcock DT2007 5 169 Roy Hall WR2004 3 68 Ben Hartsock TE2003 2 58 Mike Doss S

    SYRACUSE (6)2011 4 119 Delone Carter RB2002 1 11 Dwight Freeney DE1996 1 19 Marvin Harrison WR1988 12 327 Tim Vesling K1986 9 228 Bob Brotzki OT1984 2 35 Blaise Winter DT

    TENNESSEE (6)2010 4 129 Jacques McClendon OG

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY COLLEGE SINCE 19842003 5 162 Keyon Whiteside LB1999 7 250 Corey Terry DE1998 1 1 Peyton Manning QB1998 7 231 Cory Gaines CB1986 7 190 Tommy Sims DB

    BRIGHAM YOUNG (5)2009 4 127 Austin Collie WR2000 5 138 Matt Johnson OT2000 1 28 Rob Morris LB1993 4 92 Derwin Gray S1987 7 170 Mark Bellini WR

    CALIFORNIA (5)2007 3 95 Dante Hughes CB2005 4 135 Matt Giordano S1997 1 19 Tarik Glenn OT1994 2 32 Eric Mahlum OG1993 1 16 Sean Dawkins WR

    COLORADO (5)2003 3 90 Donald Strickland CB1995 5 149 Derek West OT1994 6 164 Lamont Warren RB1991 3 69 Dave McCloughan S1991 4 96 Mark Vander Poel OT

    MICHIGAN STATE (5)2011 6 188 Chris Rucker CB2005 6 202 Dave Rayner K1991 7 181 James Bradley WR1989 1 22 Andre Rison WR1989 8 212 Kurt Larson LB

    MISSISSIPPI (5)2014 3 90 Donte Moncrief WR2004 6 173 Von Hutchins CB1993 8 211 Marquise Thomas LB1988 9 243 Jeff Herrod LB1985 7 173 James Harbour WR

    NEBRASKA (5)1998 7 190 Aaron Taylor OG1994 1 5 Trev Alberts LB1993 7 184 Lance Lewis RB1990 8 206 Ken Clark RB1989 12 323 Steve Taylor QB

    TEXAS A&M (5)1998 4 93 Steve McKinney OG1994 3 67 Jason Mathews OT1994 7 196 Lance Teichelman DT1992 1 2 Quentin Coryatt LB1990 4 106 Rick Cunningham OT

    MARYLAND (4)2009 7 236 Jaimie Thomas OT1992 7 169 Derek Steele DE1988 10 270 OBrien Alston LB1984 1 19 Ron Solt OG

    MISSISSIPPI STATE (4)2015 6 205 Josh Robinson RB2012 5 170 Vick Ballard RB1995 7 223 Jessie Cox LB

    1984 4 103 George Wonsley RB

    NORTHERN ILLINOIS (4)2012 7 253 Chandler Harnish QB2001 4 118 Ryan Diem OG1986 5 117 Scott Kellar DE1986 7 171 Steve OMalley DT

    PURDUE (4)2009 6 201 Curtis Painter QB2004 3 69 Gilbert Gardner LB1985 2 32 Don Anderson DB1984 3 66 Chris Scott DT

    VANDERBILT (4)2012 7 214 Tim Fugger LB1998 5 135 Antony Jordon LB1986 12 309 Steve Wade DT1984 1 8 Leonard Coleman CB

    WASHINGTON (4)2002 2 42 Larry Tripplett DT1998 2 32 Jerome Pathon WR1992 1 1 Steve Emtman DT1988 3 76 Chris Chandler QB

    WISCONSIN (4)2005 5 148 Jonathan Welsh DE2005 7 243 Anthony Davis RB2004 6 193 Jim Sorgi QB2001 6 193 Jason Doering S

    ARIZONA STATE (3)2008 2 59 Mike Pollak OG1997 6 182 Scott Von der Ahe LB1987 11 281 Jim Reynosa DE

    AUBURN (3)2009 3 92 Jerraud Powers CB2000 2 59 Marcus Washington LB1989 10 266 Jim Thompson OT

    BOSTON UNIVERSITY (3)1990 9 232 Darvell Huffman WR1986 4 86 Bill Brooks WR1986 5 124 Gary Walker C

    CLEMSON (3)2016 2 57 T.J. Green S2012 3 64 Dwayne Allen TE2010 7 240 Kavell Conner LB

    KENTUCKY (3)2008 4 127 Jacob Tamme TE2005 3 92 Vincent Burns DE1989 7 182 Ivy Joe Hunter RB

    LOUISIANA STATE (3)2011 3 87 Drake Nevis DT2006 1 30 Joseph Addai RB1984 8 205 Eugene Daniel CB

    LOUISVILLE (3)1997 5 156 Carl Powell DE1993 3 65 Ray Buchanan S

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY COLLEGE SINCE 19841991 11 292 Jerry Crafts OT

    PITTSBURGH (3)2007 4 136 Clint Session LB1990 11 290 Carnel Smith DE1987 4 86 Randy Dixon OT

    SAN DIEGO STATE (3)2006 3 94 Freddy Keiaho LB1997 5 150 Nate Jacquet WR1994 1 2 Marshall Faulk RB

    TEXAS (3)2016 4 116 Hassan Ridgeway DT1991 5 125 Kerry Cash TE1984 4 93 Craig Curry DB

    TEXAS CHRISTIAN (3)2010 1 31 Jerry Hughes DE2006 5 162 Michael Toudouze OG1989 3 72 Mitchell Benson DT

    TEXAS TECH (3)2016 3 82 LeRaven Clark T2007 7 242 Keyunta Dawson DE2005 4 129 Dylan Gandy C

    WEST VIRGINIA (3)2009 7 222 Pat McAfee P1992 10 253 Stephen Grant LB1984 12 317 Steve Hathaway LB

    ARIZONA (2)2003 6 208 Makoa Freitas OG1987 12 309 David Adams RB

    ARKANSAS (2)2007 2 42 Tony Ugoh OG1999 3 63 Brandon Burlsworth OG

    CENTRAL FLORIDA (2)2015 4 109 Clayton Geathers S1999 4 96 Paul Miranda CB

    CINCINNATI (2)2010 7 238 Ricardo Mathews DT2005 5 173 Tyjuan Hagler LB

    EAST CAROLINA (2)1990 7 179 James Singletary LB1985 8 200 Ricky Nichols WR

    EASTERN ILLINOIS (2)1995 4 114 Ray McElroy S1987 5 114 Roy Banks WR

    HOUSTON (2)1997 4 117 Monty Montgomery CB1996 2 51 Dedric Mathis CB

    IDAHO (2)2004 5 141 Jake Scott OT2001 7 220 Rick DeMulling OT

    MEMPHIS (2)2001 2 37 Idrees Bashir S1986 8 198 Trell Hooper DB

    MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (2)1992 2 29 Ashley Ambrose CB1992 8 212 Ronald Humphrey RB

    MISSOURI (2)1996 5 151 Steve Martin DT1991 8 208 Tim Bruton TE

    NORTH DAKOTA STATE (2)2016 5 155 Joe Haeg T2005 5 165 Rob Hunt C

    OKLAHOMA (2)2010 5 162 Brody Eldridge TE1992 8 197 Jason Belser S

    SOUTH CAROLINA (2)2013 7 254 Justice Cunningham TE1992 9 225 Eddie Miller WR

    SOUTHERN MISS (2)2001 5 152 Raymond Walls CB1988 5 129 John Baylor S

    SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (2)1990 8 213 Harvey Wilson DB1988 4 104 Michael Ball S

    TENNESSEE-MARTIN (2)2013 5 139 Montori Hughes DT1989 9 239 William Mackall WR

    UCLA (2)1992 5 113 Maury Toy RB1987 8 200 Chuckie Miller DB

    VIRGINIA TECH (2)2002 6 182 David Pugh DT2001 3 91 Cory Bird S

    WESTERN KENTUCKY (2)2014 6 203 Andrew Jackson ILB2002 3 74 Joseph Jefferson S

    ALABAMA A&M (1)2003 5 138 Robert Mathis DE

    ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM (1)2000 7 238 Rodregis Brooks CB

    ALABAMA STATE (1)2007 5 173 Michael Coe CB

    BALL STATE (1)2014 5 166 Jonathan Newsome OLB

    BAYLOR (1)1996 7 232 Adrian Robinson DB

    BOSTON COLLEGE (1)2011 1 22 Anthony Castonzo OT

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    COLTS DRAFT PICKS BY COLLEGE SINCE 1984BUFFALO (1)2008 7 236 Jamey Richard OG

    CAL STATE FULLERTON (1)1985 10 256 Andre Pinesett DT

    CAMERON (1)1989 7 185 Charles Washington S

    CENTRAL ARKANSAS (1)1985 12 312 Dave Burnette OT

    CHATTANOOGA (1)1992 6 141 Shoun Habersham WR

    COLORADO STATE (1)1984 5 130 Kevin Call OT

    CONNECTICUT (1)2009 1 27 Donald Brown RB

    FLORIDA ATLANTIC (1)2015 2 65 DJoun Smith CB

    FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (1)2012 3 92 T.Y. Hilton WR

    GEORGIA STATE (1)2014 7 232 Ulrick John T

    GEORGIA TECH (1)2008 3 93 Philip Wheeler LB

    HARVARD (1)1985 5 117 Roger Caron OT

    HOWARD (1)2006 6 207 Antoine Bethea S

    INDIANA (1)2010 7 246 Ray Fisher CB

    JAMES MADISON (1)1996 6 205 Mike Cawley QB

    KNOXVILLE (1)1997 7 219 Clarence Thompson DB

    MARS HILL (1)2015 7 255 Denzelle Good OT

    MAINE (1)2016 7 239 Trevor Bates OLB

    MARSHALL (1)2003 4 122 Steve Sciullo OT

    MOUNT UNION (1)2008 6 205 Pierre Garcon WR

    NORTH CAROLINA (1)2002 4 106 David Thornton LB

    NORTHEAST LOUISIANA (1)1993 2 49 Roosevelt Potts RB

    OHIO (1)2012 6 206 LaVon Brazill WR

    OKLAHOMA STATE (1)2006 6 199 Charlie Johnson OT

    OREGON (1)2013 7 230 John Boyett S

    SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (1)1989 12 314 William Dubose RB

    SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE (1)1990 6 148 Tony Walker LB

    TEMPLE (1)1985 3 61 Anthony Young S

    TENNESSEE STATE (1)1984 5 120 Golden Tate WR

    TROY (1)2007 4 131 Brannon Condren S

    TULSA (1)1988 11 297 Donnie Dee TE

    VILLANOVA (1)2011 2 49 Ben Ijalana OT

    VIRGINIA (1)2008 6 196 Tom Santi TE

    WAKE FOREST (1)2008 6 201 Steve Justice C

    WASHINGTON STATE (1)2004 4 125 Jason David CB

    WESTERN ILLINOIS (1)1990 12 311 Gene Benhart QB

    WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT (1)1988 12 308 Aatron Kenney WR

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    On a personal level, is this fun? Are you nervous?Good question. Ive had a lot of people ask me that. I am reading a book right now, The Cubs Way; its about their story, (President of Baseball Operations) Theo (Epstein), and how he put the team together. (Manag-er) Joe Maddon has a great quote when he says, Dont let the pressure exceed the pleasure of the job. I thought that that said it all. This is what Ive done for 16 years really even going back to (Texas) A&I when I was in Kingsville bringing in players, this is what Ive done, this is what I know. Its exciting, its an exciting time. Its exciting, really cool, really cool to be able to do it.

    Do you prefer to do it your way now or do you put together what youve gathered from Kansas City and Chicago?Ive learned from some really good people, from Jerry Angelo to John Dorsey to Andy Reid and the way he did it. I have kind of blended what they have taught me through the years and kind of have made it my own.

    Is it surprising to you how active you guys were in free agency?It just played out that way. Look, we are always going to be trying to add competition. I think I have said this numerous times, player acquisition is 365 days a year. We are always going to be active on the roster. I dont know if you ever have it perfect to where you have the perfect 53, plus the 10-man practice squad. There is always going to be activity. We knew we had some holes that we needed to fill and I thought free agency helped us do it.

    Do the free agency signings impact draft plans at all?The one thing I want you to understand, I think teams make big mis-takes in the draft. Lord knows I havent been perfect on the teams Ive been on, weve all made mistakes, but I dont ever want to pass up a really good player that I think has a long career in this league that fits our criteria of what we want. We will always be looking to add. If there is a player in a round that we identify and we say, Okay, this is a guy that we think will be a good Colt and fits our criteria, then we wont pass that guy up.

    So best player is above need?Yes, absolutely. Now, if its even, well go with the need. But look, we put them through an exhausting process, we take each player and from the tape and film, everything matters. I always laugh when people say that the workouts dont matter. Then why do we work them out? Abso-lutely they matter. The workout has to match the tape. Every level of the evaluation matters, from the tape to the workout to the interviews to the research you do on the player to the medical, it all matters and then they have to fit. If there is one thing we will not do, if there is a player in a round, even if we are loaded at the position, we will still take the player. I take Dee Ford as an example, we had Tamba Hali and Justin Houston that were humming, but we saw a player that we liked in Kansas City that could rush the passer and that is who we ended up choosing.

    How much do injuries weigh into your thought process on trying to draft a guy?That is a good question because I have been debating that in my mind a bunch. You have to think long-term. There are a couple things; you have to look at long-term implications of the injury. How does this affect him long-term? Can he have a long-term career? If we say he can have a long-term career and we think the upside of the player is what we want and think its high, then we will take a shot on the player. Look, with any guy, you have to have a plan, injured, issues, you have to have some type of plan to make him successful and get to his ceiling. That is all a part of player development and thats our job when they get in the build-ing. From what we do in strength, nutrition, mental, off-the-field, every-thing we do has to help the player get to his ceiling. They dont choose

    us, we choose them. So if we take a player with an injured past then we have to have a plan for his long-term success. We have to be comfort-able with his long-term prognosis of how he is going to be long-term.

    How do you weigh it when a player has first-round talent but you need immediate help?Look, it will be difficult for us for the first few months as we take the daggers for doing it. Long-term, if you see the long-term upside of the player, you have to have a long-term vision. It cant just be short-sight-ed, one-month thinking, you cant do that, that gets you in trouble. Thats like taking a need over the best player. Long-term, if we think it will be okay, then I have no issues doing it.

    Do you have a comfort level of how many spots you can reach on a player?No, I just had this discussion, this is good. I always ask myself whats the difference between 33 and 20. To me, there is not, as long as the talent is close, we are not talking (about) a guy that we think is top on our board, a top 10 pick and then all of a sudden we are taking somebody that is 40th. Thats the spread. Five to ten slots? I dont see enough spread there unless there is just a huge separation in the talent to say you dont take the need.

    Is the hay in the barn so to speak? What are you doing from now until draft day?No. The cement is not dry until draft day. Were still gathering informa-tion. Were still watching tape. Were meeting with the scouts. We have long days right now were meeting from like eight to nine at night every night and still going through. Look, this is our first time together. So as were getting to know each other know what kind of each scout likes, what fits, getting to know the coaching staff. No. The cement is not dry until draft day.

    When do you have time to read?Night-time reader. Im a big night-time reader. Unfortunately, it cuts into my sleep. Because then, you know, when you get into a book and you cant you just keep reading and going. And Im a big phone (reader) which is probably why my eyes arent good. So I got the iBooks on my phone, so I do a lot of reading on my phone. But its at night.

    Youre reading the Cubs book on that phone?Yeah.

    I know the buck stops with you. How many filters will that go through though when its time to pull the trigger?From my eyes to our coaches eyes to our scouts eyes. We all exhaust it. And then when we interview a player, we use a bunch of different people outside of the facility to interview the player. And even our play-er programs (Director of Player Engagement) David Thornton (and Sports Psychiatrist) Dr. (David) McDuff we get involved. Its an exhaus-tive process in terms of its a filter that they have to get through. So no, its big.

    When it comes to character issues, how do you go about it? Do you take guys off the board in certain instances? Do you consider everybody on a case-by-case basis?Good question because thats and its hard. And I think my back-ground helps me a little bit with that just being at (Texas) A&I all those years and Kingsville all those years and coaching. Look, guys make mistakes. So its our job as an organization and Ive mentioned this before I dont care what everybody else thinks and (what) their opin-ions are. Make our opinions internally. Do our work internally. And make sure we exhaust it with the player to know what were getting with him when he enters the building and then how hes going to be in the com-

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    munity also. Its a case-by-case basis. And when we take a guy that has issues, that we have a plan for him to work. We have a plan to develop him in house. We have a plan to develop him as a man. These are young guys. They make mistakes. Are we comfortable with it? Is the organization comfortable with it? Are we comfortable with how hes going to be in the community? Those are all questions that we ask with every guy case-by-case. We dont just loop them and say, Okay, heres this group of players and here are the problem guys. No, if were not comfortable at the end of the day, they wont be on the board. We will not make that and that decision will not be made on draft (day) were not having discussions on draft day. Those discussions have been had before the draft. And if I know, hey, this guy doesnt fit the Colts criteria, we dont believe that he can be successful here in Indy, then well take him off the board.

    Is there anybody in this draft thats off your board specifically Joe Mixon?No, at this point no. We still havent gotten there yet.

    Is Joe Mixon a guy youve spent a lot of time on?Much like any player we exhaust them all. No stone unturned. All of them. All of them we go A to Z.

    When you came on board, it was clear the teams biggest weak-ness was the defense. Youve tried to address it this offseason. Has it been more challenging than you thought to reshape the ros-ter defensively?So it takes time, like anything. It takes time to build a team. It takes time to build a defense, an offense and then have them all come together. Do we have work in front of us? Yes, we do. But it takes time. And the biggest thing that I want to make sure that were emphasizing is that competition and they have to earn it. It doesnt matter where you come from and how we build it or where from first round pick to undrafted free agent to street free agent, guy that was cut at the 53 (man roster), future signing. I can just go back at examples through the history of the league and where Ive been. It doesnt matter where you come from. You want guys that are going to be great in the locker room, good teammates, they hold each other accountable. Thats when you know you got it right. The good teams, they hold each other accountable. Its not, I mean look, I can get up here and talk all I want to talk about competition and earning it. Staff can talk about it. But at the end of the day, the great teams in this league, they hold each other accountable in that locker room and thats what we want to get to.

    Do you feel like this draft with pass rushers and cornerbacks is good enough to where you can get a guy who can come in and compete and push for snaps?I think theres good depth at both. Whether we get one or not, well see on draft (day) you just never know how it unfolds. You just dont know, but I think theres good depth at both positions.

    Does anything stand out about this draft class to you?Theres two positions safety and tight end that are about as deep as Ive seen in 16 years of doing this. Both, outstanding players at every level of the draft.

    Youve made a lot of moves on defense. Is it difficult to balance the guys who have been here with all the new guys?No. And youve got to keep this in perspective every year is different. Whether you win the Super Bowl, 8-8, 2-14 the good thing about our league is once that Super Bowl ends we start a new year. And you have to take that perspective. You cant ever lose that edge. Teams that lose that edge that know that it doesnt start over everything starts over. Look, the rosters are fluid. With the way of free agency now, three quar-

    ters of the roster is flipping over every three to four years. So, no. Every year is different to me. Every year is a new start. And youre always go-ing to have new players in the building. I mean, you can see the moves weve made so far. Were going to be active. Were going to be active in the draft. Were going to be active claiming players. Were going to be active working guys out. Were going to be active signing future guys. Were always going to be looking to get better. Were always going to be looking to up the competition level.

    Where does your confidence come from?I dont know. Experience. Experience of being with people that are con-fident and knowing that Ive done the work and weve done the work. Know this, its never just about one person. When you ultimately made a decision on a player, weve made that decision, weve come to the right conclusion. Everywhere Ive been its been that way.

    What else have you learned from the Cubs book?Really interesting to read about character and how Theo (Epstein) baseball was getting flat in terms of the analytics and the edge that they were getting from the numbers. So he kind of took a different approach with character. We want high character guys that love football, that will hold each other accountable, that will be good teammates. It stuck out like a beacon light. Look at the teams that win in this league. Its culture. Culture wins. It absolutely wins. Football is the greatest team sport. It really is because guys want to have individual success, but they cant have individual success without their teammates. They cant do it. Not in this sport. Its too hard.

    How much collaboration goes into a pick?We will have the collaboration before. We will have them stacked and ranked before we ever get to draft day. Whenever we get to draft day, the cement is dry. Those discussions are happening right now. Ultimate-ly, the pick is on me. If the guy doesnt work out, then thats my fault. Thats on me for not making sure we did everything we could to make the player successful. If we get it right, then thats for us. We, as a group, got it right.

    How much do draft boards vary around the NFL?I think they are all different. I think they are all different just based on scheme, what you look for in your criteria for a player. I think all boards are different. The media and the bloggers are getting better. The in-formation that used to be accessible to everybody, its more now. Ev-erybody has got access to film, to 40 numbers and all the Combine numbers. Everybody has access to all this kind of information. Theres a lot of smart people that arent involved in football. Im saying that the top 100 players in the draft are pretty similar. Might be different rounds of ranking, but guys that used to, youd be able to slide out that other people might have 200, but you had 60th on your board, I think thats flattened out now because of information and the transparency that we have in our league. I think it is similar from the top 100 players. Now, where we actually have them ranked and placed, no, I bet thats a little different.

    Do the strengths of this draft match up with the weaknesses of your team?It excites me, because it is a good defensive draft. And we do want to add some players defensively. Saying that, there are some good offen-sive players, too. I dont want to ignore the fact that those guys are going to play and start and be good players in the league also. If theres an offensive player at a position that we think can really help us and make a difference, well take him.

    Where did your approach on character guys come from?We all make mistakes. My stepfather has a service station in a rougher

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    part of town where I grew up in Texas City, so I got to see how differ-ent people live and people make mistakes. Going to Texas A&I, we are A&M-Kingsville now, where we took some background guys that had some issues, but they just needed guidance. They needed the right structure around them to make them successful. Guys are immature. Guys make bad decisions. Just from my background of taking guys that have made bad mistakes and having success have I always been right? No, Ive made my share of mistakes on taking those players. For the most part, Ive made pretty good decisions doing it. Youve got to look inside and ask yourself: Does the kid have a good soul? Does he have a humbleness about why he made the mistake? That always makes me feel a lot more comfortable. If the guy is blaming everybody else, then my antennas go up.

    With the workouts, can you over-think things in evaluating players and get away from what youve seen on tape?I try not to. But Ill say this, maybe we missed them on tape. Whenever a guy tests really well, what we do is if we have him low, we go back and see if it matches. Tell me, what did I miss? Was there something they were using him schematically that was restricting what he was doing to be able to show this talent? Or is he just a pure tester? Youve got to go back and watch. Its a great filter to me because thats when you find guys that others might have killed on tape, but if we can find the instanc-es where he does that then thats a good thing.

    How helpful will the joint practices with the Detroit Lions be in eval-uating your roster?I think its great. Its a great way to create competition. Camp gets hard and it can start to get a little old practicing against each other. I think its a great opportunity for us to get with another team, create competition. They are going to be able to look at our team. We are going to be able to look at theirs. I think its good.

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    Along with their traditional matchups against AFC South Division opponents Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee the Colts will face the AFC North and NFC West Divisions. Indianapolis will also host the Denver Broncos and travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. In total, the Colts will face three playoff teams from the 2016 season, including Houston, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Indianapolis will play in three primetime games in 2017.

    In the season opener on Sunday, September 10 at 4:05 p.m. EST, the Colts will play their first regular season game in Los Angeles since 1991 (against the Los Angeles Raiders). Indianapolis leads the overall series 23-18-2 and is 9-12 on the road. In the last matchup between the teams on November 10, 2013, the Rams forced five turnovers and defeated the Colts, 38-8. T.Y. Hilton led Indianapolis with seven receptions for 130 yards.

    In Week 2, the Colts will host the Arizona Cardinals. Indianapolis owns an 8-7 all-time record against Arizona and is 6-4 at home. In the last contest between the teams on November 24, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Cardinals defeated the Colts, 40-11. Carson Palmer threw for 314 yards and Larry Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Colts will host the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 in the first matchup between the teams since December 7, 2014 when Indianapolis defeated Cleveland 25-24 at First Energy Stadium. T.Y. Hilton led all players with 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns registered two defensive touchdowns in the loss (one fumble recovery and one interception return). The all-time regular season series record is tied at 14-14, with the Colts holding a 6-9 record at home against the Browns.

    In Week 4, the Colts will travel to Seattle for the first time since 2005 to face the Seahawks on NBCs Sunday Night Football on Sunday, October 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The teams have only squared off 11 times in regular season play with Indianapolis holding a 7-4 advantage (4-3 in Seattle). In the last contest between the teams on October 6, 2013, the Colts defeated the Seahawks 34-28 at Lucas Oil Stadium. T.Y. Hilton led all players with 140 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

    Indianapolis will host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. The Colts are 25-18 against the 49ers in regular season play and are 14-7 at home. In their last matchup on September 22, 2013 at Candlestick Park, Indianapolis defeated San Francisco, 27-7. The Colts ran for three touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri converted two field goals in the victory. Then 49ers running back Frank Gore registered 103 yards from scrimmage (82 rushing, 21 receiving).

    In Week 6, the Colts will have their first AFC South road tilt of the season on ESPNs Monday Night Football as they travel to Tennessee to face the Titans on Monday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m. EST. Indianapolis has won their last 11 meetings against the Titans, including a 7-1 mark in Tennessee dating back to 2009. In 2016, Indianapolis swept the Titans for the fifth consecutive season. The Colts traveled to Nashville in Week 7 and defeated Tennessee, 34-26. Adam Vinatieri connected on two field goals to bring his total to 43 consecutive made field goals, which set an NFL record.

    The Colts will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Indianapolis is 12-4 all-time against Jacksonville at home and has won the last four meetings in the Circle City. Last season, the Colts hosted the Jaguars in the Week 17 regular season finale and won, 24-20. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 17-0 lead before Adam Vinatieri connected on a 45-yard field in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Robert Turbin ran for a score and Andrew Luck threw a 15-yard pass to Dwayne Allen to tie the game at 17-17. With 1:33 left, the Jaguars converted a field goal to take a late lead. Luck led the Colts on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a game-winning touchdown pass to Jack Doyle. It marked the 18th fourth quarter or overtime game-winning drive in Lucks career.

    In Week 8, the Colts will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. Indianapolis has a 17-10 overall regular season record against the Bengals and is 7-4 in Cincin-nati. The last time the two franchises squared off was in 2015. Indianapolis hosted Cincinnati in regular season play as well as in the AFC Wild Card playoffs and were victorious in both contests. In the playoff matchup, the Colts boasted a 13-10 halftime lead before notching 13 unanswered points en route to a 26-10 win. The Indianapolis offense totaled its third-highest single-game postseason net yardage total (482 yards). Adam Vinatieri was responsible for 14 points, which is the third most by a player in a single postseason game in team history.

    Indianapolis will travel to Houston for a matchup with the Texans in Week 9. The Colts are 10-5 all-time against the Texans in Houston and have won three of the last four road games. Last season, Indianapolis fell to Houston in overtime, 26-23, in a Week 6 matchup on NBCs Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis possessed a 23-9 lead in the fourth quarter after Andrew Luck ran for a touchdown and Vinatieri connected on his third field goal of the evening. Houston scored two touch-downs in the final three minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime. The Texans sealed the comeback win with a field goal in overtime.

    Prior to a Week 11 bye week, the Colts will square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the fourth consecutive season. Indianapolis holds a 6-17 regular season series record against Pittsburgh and a 4-6 mark at home. In Week 12 of last season, the Colts hosted the Steelers on Thanksgiving night and lost, 28-7. Pittsburgh scored on its first three possessions of the game to take a 21-7 lead. With quarterback Andrew Luck inactive due to a concussion, Scott Tolzien earned the starting nod and completed 22-of-36 passes for 205 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

    Indianapolis will return from the bye week to host the Titans in Week 12. The Colts own an 18-6 record against Tennessee in the Circle City and have won the last nine games at home. The two teams faced each other in Indianapolis in Week 11 last year and the Colts were victorious, 24-17. Indianapolis offense started fast and scored touchdowns on their first three drives of the game. The Titans then manufactured 17 unanswered points and trailed 21-17 early in the fourth quarter. With 10:50 left in the final frame, Adam Vinatieri con-verted a 49-yard field goal for the Colts lone points of the second half. The Indianapolis defense posted a season-high 5.0 sacks in the victory.

    In Week 13, the Colts will travel to Jacksonville for the first time since 2015 to face the Jaguars. Last season, Indianapolis was hosted by Jacksonville in Week 4 at Londons Wembley Stadium as part of the UK International Series. The contest marked the Colts first time participating in the International Series and its first regular season game outside of the United States. The Jaguars were victorious, 30-27.

    Indianapolis will travel to Buffalo to face the Bills in Week 14. The Colts trail the Bills in the all-time regular season series, 31-36-1 overall and 13-22 on the road, but have won seven of the last nine matchups. In the last contest between the teams in the 2015 regular season opener, Indianapolis fell to Buffalo, 27-14.

    In Week 15, Indianapolis will host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football on Thursday, December 14 at 8:25 p.m. EST. The Colts trail the Broncos in the all-time regular season series, 10-13, but have won six of the last eight matchups and are 7-5 at home. This will mark the fourth consecutive season that the franchises have faced each other in regular season play. In 2016, Indianapolis traveled to Denver in Week 2 and fell to the Broncos, 34-20.

    The Colts will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens on Saturday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. EST. It will mark the first matchup between the teams since the 2013 AFC Wild Card game. Indianapolis holds an 8-3 regular season record against the Ravens and is 3-3 on the road. In the last matchup between the teams on October 5, 2014, the Colts defeated Baltimore 20-13.

    Indianapolis will host Houston in the regular season finale on Sunday, December 31. The Colts own a 13-2 overall record against the Texans in Indianapolis after losing last years matchup, 22-17. Indianapolis won their first 13 consecutive home games against Houston from 2002-2014 but have dropped each of the last two meetings.

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    PRESEASONSun. Aug. 13 DETROIT 1:30 PM FOX59Sat. Aug. 19 at Dallas 7:00 PM FOX59 Sat. Aug. 26 at Pittsburgh 7:30 PM FOX59Thurs. Aug. 31 CINCINNATI 7:00 PM FOX59 REGULAR SEASONSun. Sept. 10 at Los Angeles 4:05 PM CBSSun. Sept. 17 ARIZONA 1:00 PM FOXSun. Sept. 24 CLEVELAND 1:00 PM CBSSun. Oct. 1 at Seattle 8:30 PM NBCSun. Oct. 8 SAN FRANCISCO 1:00 PM FOXMon. Oct. 16 at Tennessee 8:30 PM ESPNSun. Oct. 22 JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM CBSSun. Oct. 29 at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBSSun. Nov. 5 at Houston 1:00 PM CBSSun. Nov. 12 PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM CBSSun. Nov. 19 BYE WEEKSun. Nov. 26 TENNESSEE 1:00 PM CBSSun. Dec. 3 at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBSSun. Dec. 10 at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBSThurs. Dec. 14 DENVER 8:25 PM NBC/NFLN/ AMAZONSat. Dec. 23 at Baltimore 4:30 PM NFLNSun. Dec. 31 HOUSTON 1:00 PM CBS

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