Colts Draft: Ryan Grigson’s Success Rate

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The Indianapolis Colts hold the 29th pick in the NFL Draft. The team is hoping to find an impact playmaker on Thursday night in Chicago.

But what does Ryan Grigson’s past indicate will happen with this selection? The Colts hold nine picks in this years draft, much better than 2014’s five, but will more picks translate into great success?

Today, we look back at Grigson’s record and just how many of the picks have been a success.

2012 Draft

1 – Andrew Luck, 48 starts, 3 Pro Bowls

34 – Coby Fleener, TE, 34 starts (44 games played)

64 – Dwayne Allen, TE, 30 starts

92 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, 26 starts (46 games played), 1 Pro Bowl

136 – Josh Chapman, DT, 15 starts (29 games played, zero in 2012)

170 – Vick Ballard, RB, 13 starts (17 games played)

206 – LaVon Brazill, WR, 25 games played

208 Justin Anderson, G, never played, practice squad

214 – Tim Fugger, DE, cut before season

253 – Chandler Harnish, QB, practice squad two years

This was a great class, but Grigson doesn’t get the credit for drafting Luck. That decision was made by Jim Irsay and common sense. Luck was seen as the most complete prospect for years before he was drafted and most analysts will say he is the highest graded player they’ve ever had.

Players in the draft is never a sure thing, but Luck was about the closest you could get to one. Even without Luck it would have been great glass. The Colts got their starting wide receiver for years to come and a pair of talented tight ends. They went full offense with their first four picks to give Luck the weapons he’d need going forward.

Chapman hasn’t quite lived up to the hype but he’s been a decent defensive lineman. The Colts are looking to upgrade at the position but having him as a rotational player certain doesn’t hurt.

Ballard had a good rookie campaign, but back-to-back season ending injuries have put his career in jeopardy. Brazill was off to a good start, but a love affair with weed has landed him in the CFL.

Most teams would kill for a draft this productive, but unfortunately Grigson hasn’t been nearly as efficient since 2012.