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NFL Draft 2015: Taking a Look at Recent History at Pick 29

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The Indianapolis Colts will draft 29th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft (assuming they don't trade out of the spot), so let's take a look at the recent history at the pick in the draft.

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The Indianapolis Colts hold the 29th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and barring a trade, it will be just the second time in franchise history that they have selected at that spot.

They also did so in 2005, and they grabbed a young defensive back out of Michigan named Marlin Jackson.  He spent five seasons with the Colts, appearing in 56 games and starting 32 of them, adding 221 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 15 passes defensed, and four interceptions.  He was a part of two AFC Championship teams and a Super Bowl champion, and he experienced a five-year run in which the Colts went 65-15 in the regular season, won four division titles and made five playoff appearances, and compiled a 6-4 playoff record, making it to two Super Bowls and winning one.  Obviously that wasn't because of Marlin Jackson (rather, it was some guy wearing number 18 on the other side of the football), but he enjoyed a terrific period of the Colts' success.

I should backtrack a bit, however, and note that the success wasn't all because of Marlin Jackson.  But he did provide the crucial play that sent the Colts to the Super Bowl in their dramatic 38-34 AFC Championship game win over the Patriots.  He picked off Tom Brady to seal the game.  Bob Lamey's call of the play still rings fresh in the minds of Colts fans: "INTERCEPTED!! MARLIN JACKSON!!  MARLIN'S GOT IT!!  WE'RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!"

Until this year, that was the only time the Colts have ever picked at the 29th spot in the draft.  And while it won't go down as one of their all-time great picks, Jackson did a solid job while he was in Indy.  How have other players at the pick fared?  Let's take a look at the history of the 29th overall pick, dating back to the 2000 NFL Draft.

Recent NFL Draft History at Pick Number 29
Year Team Player Pos. Notes
2014 Patriots Dominique Easley DT 11 games played (2 starts), 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 interception
2013 Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson WR 32 games (13 starts), 78 receptions, 853 yarsd, 5 TDs
2012 Vikings Harrison Smith S 40 games played (39 starts), 187 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 23 passes defensed, 10 interceptions (3 TDs)
2011 Bears Gabe Carimi OL 48 games played (26 starts)
2010 Jets Kyle Wilson CB 80 games played (28 starts), 139 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 18 passes defensed, 3 interceptions
2009 Giants Hakeem Nicks WR 86 games played (65 starts), 349 receptions, 5,027 yards, 31 TDs
2008 49ers Kentwan Balmer DE 46 games played (11 starts), 39 tackles, 2 passes defensed
2007 Ravens Ben Grubbs OL 122 games played (118 starts)
2006 Jets Nick Mangold OL 141 games played (141 starts)
2005 Colts Marlin Jackson DB 56 games played (32 starts), 221 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 15 passes defensed, 4 interceptions
2004 Falcons Michael Jenkins WR 130 games played (79 starts), 354 receptions, 4,427 yards, 25 TDs
2003 Packers Nick Barnett LB 153 games played (139 starts), 732 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 42 passes defensed, 12 interceptions (2 TDs)
2002 Bears Marc Colombo OL 111 games played (95 starts)
2001 Rams Ryan Pickett DT 207 games played (185 starts), 382 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 33 passes defensed
2000 Jaguars R.Jay Soward WR 13 games played (2 starts), 14 receptions, 154 yards, 1 TD

You'll likely notice another familiar face for Colts fans on that list in wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.  Drafted by the Giants 29th overall in 2009, he had a pretty good career with them before his play dropped off due to injuries.  The Colts signed him for the 2014 season hoping that he could re-gain his form from early in his career, but that didn't happen.  Now, he's with the Titans trying to do the same thing he was trying to do last year with the Colts, only this time without Andrew Luck at quarterback.

There are some good picks at the spot, such as Ryan Pickett, Nick Barnett, Nick Mangold, and Ben Grubbs, but then there are also some very bad picks as well, such as R.Jay Soward and Kentwan Balmer.  It's an average group of players for a first round pick, and clearly just like any other pick there have been stars and busts.  For the Colts in this year's draft, it's crucial that they grab someone who falls into that first category and not the second.