Indianapolis Colts: Top 10 Prospects
Pierre Garcon (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Pierre Garcon (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst
Posted Jun 5, 2010
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Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and profiles the Indianapolis Colts. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Colts top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-0
210
3
23

It's rare to see a Division III player make it into the NFL, and it's unheard of that such a player becomes the No. 1 prospect in a professional organization. But, for former Mount Union star Pierre Garcon, being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 draft was the perfect scenario. As a rookie, Garcon played in 14 games, primarily lining up on special teams. But, this past season, Garcon received an opportunity to start when Anthony Gonzalez went down with a knee injury, and took advantage of the situation by catching 47 passes for 765 yards and four touchdowns. With Gonzalez expected to be back to full health this season, Garcon will likely have to compete with Austin Collie for the No. 3 position on the depth chart. However, if the Colts take into consideration the way Garcon played on the outside last year, he's the better fit opposite Reggie Wayne, while Gonzalez and Collie are best working over the middle.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 6th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
RB
5-10
210
2
23

There are some that may view Donald Brown as the Colts top prospect, and it's easy to see why, since he's the future of the ground game in Indianapolis. But, the ascension of Garcon last year was so impressive that it warranted the nod over Brown for the top spot. As a situational runner in his first year in the NFL, Brown carried the ball 78 times for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Brown figures to see even more carries this season considering the injury history that Joseph Addai has accumulated over his career. And, the fact that Addai is a free agent after the 2010 season will prompt Head Coach Jim Caldwell to see what he has in Brown.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-2
255
R
21

A defense predicated on athleticism and speed, the Colts didn't hesitate using their first round pick in this year's draft on TCU sack master Jerry Hughes. One of the nation’s most feared pass rushers, Hughes generated 26.5 sacks over the last two seasons for the Horned Frogs. He had a career-high 15 sacks in 2008 and followed it up with 11.5 this past season. Hughes will remind Colts fans of Dwight Freeney, the player he will backup this season. What better player for Hughes to learn from than the man evaluators compared him to?

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 1st Round (2010).
Austin Collie
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-0
200
2
24

After a standout career at BYU, the Colts selected Austin Collie in the fourth round last April. Collie made an immediate impact and was a consistent force in the slot as a rookie. Playing in all 16 games, starting five, Collie caught 60 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how the Colts incorporate Collie and Gonzalez into the offense this year. They're similar players all-around, but Gonzalez possesses more speed.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 4th Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
5-9
192
2
22

The selection of Jerraud Powers in third round of the '09 draft was considered to be a reach. But, Powers proved his worth last season, as he filled in admirably for Marlin Jackson who suffered an ACL tear. A starter in 12 games, Powers finished the season with 66 tackles and an interception. He's expected to be a starter for the Colts this season.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 3rd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DT
6-4
303
2
24

A second round pick a year ago, Fili Moala struggled to get on the field in '09. A highly touted prospect entering the 2009 draft, Moala played in just 10 games as a rookie, starting one, and contributed just seven tackles. For Moala to get on the field this season, he will have to show more consistency and demonstrate the ability to get off blocks and be an interior presence.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 2nd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
5-10
177
2
23

The Colts have done an outstanding job building their team through the draft, and they've also been successful identifying talent that wasn't drafted. A player that emerged on the scene last year was former Oklahoma State cornerback Jacob Lacey. An unforeseen contributor in all 16 games, Lacey ended up starting nine games due to injuries and was a model of consistency. He recorded his first career interception against the St. Louis Rams during Week 7 and returned it for a 35-yard touchdown. He finished his rookie campaign with 85 tackles and three interceptions.

Signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
LB
6-2
240
3
25

Philip Wheeler has played in every game since being drafted in the third round two years ago, but last year he became an integral part of the Colts defense as he started the final seven games of the regular season. In a starting role, Wheeler shined and finished the year with 61 tackles and a sack. Caldwell has stated that Wheeler will be the starting SAM linebacker this season, and he could be on the verge of a breakout year.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 3rd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
LB
6-0
235
R
23

A typical Colts selection in the second round this year, Pat Angerer is an undersized, high motor linebacker that fits their defensive scheme very well. This past year at Iowa, Angerer led the Hawkeyes in tackles with 145 and also collected a sack and an interception. He will be a situational defender this season and will see most of his action on special teams.

Drafted by Indianapolis in the 2nd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-2
265
3
25

Undrafted free agents have treated the Colts well, and former Rutgers standout Eric Foster is just another one of those under-the-radar guys that's excelled in Indy. Foster was a major contributor as a rookie starting 11 games. And, this past year, he played in all 16 games, starting five and recorded 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks. This offseason, Foster was accused of sexual assault, and while it's unknown if he will face any disciplinary action for this matter, he will again be counted on in a rotational role.

Signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent (2008).


For more on the Colts, check out ColtPower.com.


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.



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