Ok, I keep hearing about how bad the Polian's have drafted in the past few years and I think some people are way off base. I think some people seem to forget . . . .
2007 - Anthony Gonzalez
I know some people like to criticize this pick but this was one of the most obvious draft picks maybe in the past decade for the Colts. Everyone knew we were going to take Gonzalez because he was so similar to Brandon Stockley and he was seen as the missing piece to make our offense great again. The only other player even considered in this draft was Alan Branch and he has had 5 sacks since he came in the league. If Gonzalez doesn't get hurt (which the organization couldn't have known) he would have been a solid draft pick.
2008 - None
2009 - Donald Brown
Again, everyone knew we were going to draft a RB. Of course, many people thought the pick would be Beanie Wells instead of Donald Brown. I think it's easy to say Beanie has been a better back then Brown but Beanie isn't a great pass catcher. He only has 229 receiving yards in the 2 1/2 years he has been in the league so I don't think he was a great fit for our offense. You could also say Ziggy Hood was at least on the radar and that would have been a fairly good choice for our defense but not a slam dunk.
2010 - Jerry Hughes
I think there is no denying that Jerry Hughes to this point has been very disappointing, but several people have complained that we should have drafted Rodger Saffold (even Bill has said as much). But, let's look at this selection a different way. If I'm picking for the organization and I have been told we can pick someone who plays RT to back up Diem for a year or two or someone who can help right away that can rotate with Freeney (coming off injury) and Mathis I think I pick who will help me right now. Plus, the organization knew they would have to draft a LT prospect the next year even if they kept Charlie Johnson.
2011 - Anthony Castonzo
Great pick even though he has been hurt this year.