Indianapolis Colts fans, like all NFL fans, have to be looking forward to the 2020 NFL Draft this week. The arrival of the draft is bittersweet for Indy, however, as they find themselves without a first-round pick, not selecting until Day 2.
That's not to say they can't find gems with the eight selections they do have in 2020. The Colts have found plenty of impactful players throughout the draft over the last 10 years, and they can do it again.
With that in mind, let's look back at the Colts' three biggest draft steals from the past decade.
3. Joe Haeg, 2016 (No. 155 Overall)
Joe Haeg stepped in and made an immediate impact after being selected in the fifth round in 2016, starting 29 games in his first two seasons, then another six in this third year. He was relegated to a backup role in 2019, but that still leaves him at 35 starts and 55 games played over his four-year career. His days in Indy are done, having signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2020 season, but in those four seasons he contributed far more than you'd expect from a typical fifth-round pick.
2. Marlon Mack, 2017 (No. 143 Overall)
Marlon Mack didn't make much of an impact as a rookie, but the 2017 fourth-round pick took over as the Colts' lead back in 2018 and 2019. Across those two seasons, he has tallied 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns on 442 carries. not bad for the 15th running back off the board in his class.
1. T.Y. Hilton, 2012 (No. 92 Overall)
One of the Colts' best players of the decade, regardless of draft spot, T.Y. Hilton has averaged 72.9 receiving yards per game in 118 contests with the Colts since being drafted in 2012. He is already fourth in franchise history in receiving yards (8,598) and seventh in receiving touchdowns (45). Since 2012, Hilton also has the second-most receiving yards for any player selected in the third round or later, trailing only Antonio Brown. Hilton was the 13th wide receiver selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he's the class' leader in both career receptions and receiving yards.
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