Indianapolis Colts: 15 greatest receivers in franchise history

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Sean Dawkins, Indianapolis Colts
14 Jan 1996: Wide receiver Sean Dawkins #87 of the Indianapolis Colts focuses on the football as he runs up field after a catch despite receiving pressure from defensive back Chris Oldham #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Colts 20-16 loss to the /

. WR. (1993-97). Sean Dawkins. 10. player. 46

  • 251 career receptions w/Colts
  • 3,511 career receiving yards w/Colts
  • 12 career touchdown receptions w/Colts
  • Career 45.6 receiving yards per game w/Colts

Sean Dawkins was a consensus All-American playing for the California Golden Bears in 1992. His collegiate receiving talents were strong enough to have him drafted by the Colts No. 16 overall in the 1993 NFL Draft. Dawkins spent his first five NFL seasons playing for the team that drafted him in Indianapolis.

Though never a Pro Bowler, Dawkins was a key part to the Colts’ passing attack when Jim Harbaugh was their starting quarterback. Harbaugh arrived in Indianapolis in 1994 after signing as a free agent. Dawkins would be around 750 receiving yards annually when Harbaugh was slinging him the pigskin.

After a solid rookie season in 1993, one where Dawkins had 26 catches for 430 yards and a touchdown, he broke out in a big way in 1994. He had 51 catches for 742 yards and five touchdowns that season.

Then in 1995, the Colts would go on to win two playoff games during Harbaugh’s best season as a professional. Indianapolis made it all the way to the AFC Championship before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dawkins had 784 yards on 52 catches for three touchdowns that season.

While he had better numbers later in his career, 1995 would be the only time that Dawkins would taste playoff victory as a professional. He had 751 receiving yards on 54 catches in 1996 and 804 yards on 62 catches in 1997 before leaving town. Maybe he should have stayed, as Peyton Manning would be drafted No. 1 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft?

Dawkins played the next four seasons with the New Orleans Saints (1998), the Seattle Seahawks (1999-00) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2001) before retiring. His best statistical season came with the 1999 Seahawks, as he had 58 catches for 992 yards and seven touchdowns.

Overall, Dawkins finished his nine-year NFL career with 445 catches for 6,291 yards and 25 touchdown receptions over four stops. While did put up excellent numbers with the Saints and Seahawks, the bulk of his numbers obviously came with the Colts.

Dawkins amassed 251 receptions for 3,511 yards and 12 touchdowns while with the Colts. Though his touchdown totals aren’t anything special, his career 45.6 receiving yards per game over five seasons is good enough for Dawkins to crack the top-10.