Top 5 Colts Draft Busts


After seeing a top 10 draft busts blog on Bear Goggles On, I decided to do one for the Indianapolis Colts.  Of course, it has been too hard to find draft busts from the Colts, so 5 is the number here.  This is from 1984 to today.  No Baltimore Colts picks.  I do not take anything from the Baltimore Colts as history for this.  Give the Ravens everything but the name and logo.  I want to unretire Johnny U’s and the rest of the Baltimore Colts players’ old numbers.  I’m only counting the picks made when the team was located in Indianapolis.

5. Jack Trudeau, Round 2, Pick 47, 1986: Just read the pro-football-reference.com page for him.  It’s too painful for me to name the stats here.  If he was taken higher, he would be number one by far.  Luckily, he wasn’t taken in the first round and no Pro Bowlers were left on the board at that time.  He was awful.  His stats made me throw up in my mouth.

4. Rob Morris, Round 1, Pick 28, 2001: Morris is here because he was a Polian pick.  This is the only bad first round pick Polian has made with the Colts.  Morris did have great performances in the Super Bowl run, but he has never had a 100 tackle season and only has 1 interception in his career. 

3. Quentin Coryatt, Round 1, Pick 2, 1992: Coryatt had a semi-successful career, but nothing close to the expectations he got.  Coryatt is well-known for almost killing a player with the most vicious hit in college football history.  However, Coryatt did nothing spectactular besides his 150 tackle season in his 6 seasons with the Colts.  He retired in 1999 with the Dallas Cowboys.

2. Steve Emtman, Round 1, Pick 1, 1992: Emtman had all the hype in the world coming out of college.  Why wouldn’t he?  He may be the greatest defender the college game has ever seen.  However, Emtman struggled with injuries over his career, and he only played 3 years with the team.  He got 5 sacks in those 3 seasons.  He’s retired now and lives in Spokane, Washington, where he is the defensive lines coach for the af2 team Spokane Shock and has a career in real estate.

1. Jeff George, Round 1, Pick 1, 1990: Jeff George, the king of all Colts busts.  This is about as anti-Polian as a pick can get.  George was drafted by the Colts because he was a local kid.  Sure he was a fine QB in college, but if he went to Mount Carmel High in Illinois instead of Warren Central High in Indianapolis, would he have been taken over Blair Thomas or Andre Ware?  To be fair, both of those players stunk worse than George, but he was taken because of where he played instead of how well he played.  George was a wasted pick.  He only played 4 seasons in Indy due to his Phillip Rivers-esque immaturity.  He threw 41 touchdowns and 46 interceptions in Indy, and he never had a QB rating above 80 while with the Colts.  Just pathetic.

 Update: I admittedly forgot about Trev Alberts.  I actually was saving a spot for him, but my memory failed me again.  Trev’s spot was supposed to be at number 3, which would move everyone below him down.  Alberts was such a horrible pick, I don’t even feel like going into detail.  Pre-Polian drafting was depressing.

Tags: Draft Busts NFL Draft Rob Morris

  • Tom Chamberlain

    Have you forgot about Trev Albert’s ..
    Top 5 Pick in 1994…out of Nebraska
    that guy was absolutely terrible…
    Played three season and was hurt all the time…
    Had to be one of the top 3 busts…of Colts history..

  • http://naptownsfinest.com Sam

    Oh yeah, Trev. I did space on him. I’d put him at 3.

  • http://shakennbaken.blogspot.com shake’n’bake

    4 years as a starting MLB isn’t bad for a late first round pick. Especially since 3 of those were after Dungy came in and installed the Tampa-2 which wasn’t a good fit for Morris. Four years as the leader of the D and bringing an end to the Gilbert Gardener era in Indy makes him a non-bust in my eyes. Worst 1st round pick by Polian? Probably, but he didn’t know when he made the pick that by the time Morris was ready to start they would be switching to a D that Morris didn’t fit in.

  • http://naptownsfinest.com Sam

    Morris is ranked higher because of the expectations I put on Polian picks, but the same thing is with Steve Emtman. Emtman would have been a star if he didn’t get hurt. Morris was hard to watch as the middle linebacker in the Tampa 2. Gary Brackett was a sight for sore eyes when he came along. Morris was not the player he was expected to be, not completely because of talent, but more because of high expectations and a bad fit. It’s too bad he got injured last year, because he could have been great at strongside in the Tampa 2.

  • http://www.bluevol03.wordpress.com Bluevol03

    What about Vincent “Sweet Pea” Burns. 3rd Rd pick, ahead of players like Trent Cole, Michael Boley, Marion Barber, Jerome Mathis, and even ahead of our very own Hagler and Gandy.

  • http://www.bluevol03.wordpress.com Bluevol03

    and ahead of Giordano as well…

  • http://shakennbaken.blogspot.com shake’n’bake

    Sweet Pea was bad because the Colts got nothing out of him. Not even some crappy play. Practice squad then out of the league.

  • http://naptownsfinest.com Sam

    Sweet Pea. I remember him. I had high expectations for him, but like most Colts DTs, they don’t have a long career with the team. Sweat Pea would probably make top 5 Polian busts, but he was just a third rounder.

    Garnder might be in contention for top 10 because he may have been the worst tackler I’ve seen in the NFL not on the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • BetterD

    You’re wrong; Rob Morris had 114 tackles in 2001 and 100 in 2002. He played behind some of the worst D-lines the colts have ever had. He was on the team for eight years, longer then most NFL player’s entire career. When he was demoted, he became one the Special Teams best performers. He was inserted back into the line up at the end of 06; he helped sure up some terrible run D and was a starter that helped them win a SB. You right though, he should be on the biggest bust list, instead of Trev (I wasn’t healthy for 16 games) Alberts. Good call. You’re a football genius.
    I can’t believe that amount of grief that Morris gets, he does every thing the coaches asked on him, including: loosing his starting job, getting cut, and resigning for the league minimum, moving to special teams, moving from the middle to SAM, and does it all with out one public complaint.
    It’s well known that the Colts like “Character Guys” well; the guy with the most character is number 5 on your list. Nice job genius. I look forward to reading more of your un-researched dribble in the future.

    note:link below is his career stats
    http://www.nfl.com/players/robmorris/profile?id=MOR512550

  • BetterD

    my bad he’s 4 on your list not 5, he some how is a bigger bust then jack. lol

  • http://naptownsfinest.com Sam

    BetterD-I used Pro Football Reference for Morris’ stats, and they do not add together solo and assited tackles, which is much smarter IMO.

  • Mike

    BetterD- Loosing is not a word. There is only one o in losing.