Certain pundits have argued that the Colts FAILURE to win the Super Bowl the last four years has been attributed to Bill Polian's poor drafting record. Getting to the playoffs for 8 straight seasons, but winning only 1 Super Bowl has been an unmitigated disaster. Forget that only one of 32 teams wins the championship every year.
Bay Area Comcast Sports recently published a five-year study evaluating the best drafting teams of the last five years (2006-2010). The Indianapolis Colts were ranked the third best drafting team during this time period.
3. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Number of picks: 41
Still on team: 28
Best pick: S Antoine Bethea, 2006
Worst pick: OT Tony Ugoh, 2007
Overall: In the past five years, the Colts' first selections came at Nos. 31, 27, 59, 32 and 30. Yet, the Colts have done an admirable good job of adding talent and depth to a team that already had championship-caliber nucleus. The Colts have managed to achieve success in the sixth round, with the additions of two-time Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea, receiver Pierre Garcon and starting left tackle Charlie Johnson. Their lone early swing-and-miss was Ugoh, chosen No. 42 overall in 2007. He was cut before last season.
This is a solid evaluation of the totality of drafts. Instead of pointing at some of the misses (Ugoh/DonBrown), it looks at every round. The Colts get more starters and contributors through the draft than the majority of NFL teams. This is especially impressive considering the Colts consistently draft in the bottom five picks of the draft.