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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Indianapolis Colts
These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Indianapolis Colts.
5. Anthony González
He was supposed to add depth to an already talented receiving corps, but injuries kept him from seeing the field.
At Ohio State, Anthony González was the ideal possession receiver for the Buckeyes. As a senior, he was a first team All-Big Ten selection after he helped Ohio State to an undefeated regular season.
González was selected 32nd overall in 2007. His career was defined by injuries, as he never had a serious impact on offense. Gonzalez totaled 99 receptions and 1,307 yards in four seasons with the Colts before being released in 2012. With only five receptions in his last three seasons, it's fair to expect more from a first round pick.
4. Trev Alberts
He was selected high and did nothing but disappoint.
As a senior at Nebraska, Trev Alberts was awarded the Dick Butkus Award and Jack Lambert Trophy as the top college linebacker. That year, he recorded 15 sacks and 21 tackles for loss.
Alberts was selected fifth overall in 1994. He only started seven games and is considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in league history. He only lasted three seasons with the Colts before quitting football. With only 69 tackles and four sacks, Albert never had an impact on defense. Based on his career totals, he would've been more suited for the fifth round than the fifth overall pick.
3. Art Schlichter
"The Straight Arrow" let his personal issues affect what could have been a promising career.
A four year starter at Ohio State, Art Schlichter was the last starting quarterback for legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes. He nearly led the Buckeyes to the national championship in 1979, and left the school as its career leader in total offense. He finished his four years at OSU with 7,547 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes, with 46 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,303 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Schlichter was the fourth overall pick in 1982 by the Colts. ). Expected to be the starter, he lost the job to fourth round pick Mike Pagel, but was expected to be the Colts' quarterback of the future. He had been hiding a gambling addiction since his days at Ohio State. When the league went on strike in his rookie year, gambling took over his life and he bet away over $700,000 that year. In 1982, he was suspended for the entire season for gambling. Schlichter was reinstated, was caught again, then was banned for life in 1987. He finished his career going 0-6 as a
2. Jeff George
He had the arm, but didn't have the leadership ability to be a great quarterback.
At Illinois, Jeff George built a reputation for having one of the best arms of any quarterback in the country. In his final year in school, he threw for 2,738 yards with 22 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.
George was selected first overall in 1990. During his miserable four seasons in Indianapolis, George led the Colts to a record of 14-37. Needless to say, he didn't pan out as he threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns. In 1991, the Colts had their worst season in franchise history, going 1-15 with George at quarterback. Ultimately, he was unable to lead the Colts to the playoffs and was traded to Atlanta. The pick was even worse considering Indianapolis had to trade away pro bowlers Chris Hinton and Andre Rison in order to trade up and get George.
1. John Elway
He would rather have played baseball than play for Indianapolis.
At Stanford, John Elway was one of the most accomplished college quarterbacks ever. In his four years, he completed 774 passes for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns and as a senior was the PAC-10 Player of the Year.
Elway was selected first overall in 1983. If he had actually played for the Colts, this draft pick might be remembered as the greatest of all time. Unfortunately, Elway refused to play for the Colts and was shipped off to Denver. In return they received Chris Hinton and Mark Herrmann, along with a first round pick the next year. Elway went on to be a Hall of Fame quarterback leading Denver to two Super Bowl victories. With Eric Dickerson on the board, it's unfortunate that Colts general manager Ernie Accorsi wasted the number one overall pick on a player who would rather play baseball than play for the Colts.