List of Indianapolis Colts first-round draft picks

The Baltimore Colts joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1953 where they participated in their first NFL Draft and selected Billy Vessels, a halfback from the University of Oklahoma. The team's most recent first round selection was Malik Hooker, a safety from Ohio State in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting but more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks last, and the Super Bowl loser always picks second last. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[1]

The Colts have selected the number one overall pick in the draft on seven separate occasions, one of which was used to select Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning. They have also selected the second overall pick five times and the third overall pick twice. The team's five selections from Ohio State University are the most chosen by the Colts from one university.


Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 *  Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Colts did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections

Indianapolis Colts first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1953 2 Billy Vessels Halfback Oklahoma
1954 5 Cotton Davidson Quarterback Baylor
1955 1 * George Shaw Quarterback Oregon [2]
3 Alan Ameche  Fullback Wisconsin
1956 9 Lenny Moore ^ Halfback Penn State
1957 8 Jim Parker ^ Guard Ohio State
1958 11 Lenny Lyles  Cornerback Louisville
1959 12 Jackie Burkett Center Auburn
1960 10 Ron Mix ^ Offensive tackle USC
1961 7 Tom Matte  Running back Ohio State
1962 9 Wendell Harris Cornerback Louisiana State
1963 5 Bob Vogel  Offensive tackle Ohio State
1964 8 Marv Woodson  Safety Indiana
1965 14 Mike Curtis  Linebacker Duke
1966 15 Sam Ball Offensive tackle Kentucky
1967 1 * Bubba Smith  Defensive end Michigan State [3]
20 Jim Detwiler Halfback Michigan
1968 23 John Williams Offensive tackle Minnesota
1969 25 Eddie Hinton Wide receiver Oklahoma
1970 18 Norm Bulaich  Running back Texas Christian
1971 22 Don McCauley Running back North Carolina [4]
26 Leonard Dunlap Cornerback North Texas
1972 22 Tom Drougas Offensive tackle Oregon
1973 2 Bert Jones  Quarterback Louisiana State [5]
10 Joe Ehrmann  Defensive tackle Syracuse
1974 5 John Dutton  Defensive tackle Nebraska
24 Roger Carr  Wide receiver Louisiana Tech [6]
1975 3 Ken Huff Guard North Carolina [7]
1976 20 Ken Novak Defensive tackle Purdue
1977 26 Randy Burke Wide receiver Kentucky
1978 25 Reese McCall Tight end Auburn
1979 6 Barry Krauss Linebacker Alabama
1980 5 Curtis Dickey Running back Texas A&M
24 Derrick Hatchett Cornerback Texas [8]
1981 12 Randy McMillan Running back Pittsburgh
18 Donnell Thompson Defensive end North Carolina [9]
1982 2 Johnie Cooks Linebacker Mississippi State
4 Art Schlichter Quarterback Ohio State [10]
1983 1 * John Elway ^ Quarterback Stanford [11]
1984 8 Leonard Coleman Cornerback Vanderbilt
19 Ron Solt  Guard Maryland [12]
1985 5 Duane Bickett  Linebacker USC
1986 4 Jon Hand Defensive end Alabama
1987 2 Cornelius Bennett  Linebacker Alabama
1988 No Pick [13]
1989 22 Andre Rison  Wide receiver Michigan State
1990 1 * Jeff George Quarterback Illinois
1991 No Pick [14]
1992 1 * Steve Emtman Defensive end Washington
2 Quentin Coryatt Linebacker Texas A&M [15]
1993 16 Sean Dawkins Wide receiver California
1994 2 Marshall Faulk ^ Running back San Diego State
5 Trev Alberts Linebacker Nebraska [16]
1995 15 Ellis Johnson Defensive tackle Florida
1996 19 Marvin Harrison ^ Wide receiver Syracuse
1997 19 Tarik Glenn  Offensive tackle California
1998 1 * Peyton Manning  Quarterback Tennessee
1999 4 Edgerrin James  Running back Miami (FL)
2000 28 Rob Morris Linebacker BYU
2001 30 Reggie Wayne  Wide receiver Miami (FL)
2002 11 Dwight Freeney  Defensive end Syracuse
2003 24 Dallas Clark  Tight end Iowa
2004 No Pick [17]
2005 29 Marlin Jackson Cornerback Michigan
2006 30 Joseph Addai  Running back Louisiana State
2007 32 Anthony Gonzalez Wide receiver Ohio State
2008 No Pick [18]
2009 27 Donald Brown Running back Connecticut
2010 31 Jerry Hughes Defensive end Texas Christian
2011 22 Anthony Castonzo Offensive tackle Boston College
2012 1 * Andrew Luck  Quarterback Stanford
2013 24 Björn Werner Defensive end Florida State
2014 No Pick [19]
2015 29 Phillip Dorsett Wide receiver Miami (FL)
2016 18 Ryan Kelly Center Alabama
2017 15 Malik Hooker Safety Ohio State
2018 6 Quenton Nelson Guard Notre Dame


  1. Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  2. Lottery bonus pick.
  3. Acquired from the New Orleans SaintsPro Football Draft History 1967
  4. Acquired from the Miami DolphinsPro Football Draft History 1971
  5. Acquired from the San Diego ChargersPro Football Draft History 1973
  6. Acquired from the Los Angeles RamsPro Football Draft History 1974
  7. Acquired from the Atlanta FalconsPro Football Draft History 1975
  8. Acquired from the Dallas CowboysPro Football Draft History 1980
  9. Acquired from the Minnesota VikingsPro Football Draft History 1981
  10. Acquired from the Los Angeles Rams – Pro Football Draft History 1982
  11. Traded Elway to the Denver Broncos for QB Mark Herrmann, rights to OL Chris Hinton and a first-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. – A 'true test' for Elway Archived 2008-02-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. From Denver Broncos in Elway trade
  13. The Colts traded their #20 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams – Pro Football Draft History 1988
  14. The Colts traded their #13 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons – Pro Football Draft History 1991
  15. Acquired from the Tampa Bay BuccaneersPro Football Draft History 1992
  16. Acquired from the Los Angeles Rams – Pro Football Draft History 1994
  17. The Colts traded their #29 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons – Pro Football Draft History 2004
  18. The Colts traded their 1st round pick (29th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers
  19. Colts First Round Pick? Essentially, it's Trent Richardson -


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