6 best late-round Draft steals for Colts in the last 20 years
2. Antoine Bethea, S, Round 6, Pick 207, 2006 Draft
There have been a lot of good six-round picks in NFL History and Antoine Bethea is one of them. He has to love the way his career unfolded.
He was drafted by Indy in 2006 from Howard and immediately earned the spot of starting free safety, sharing a defensive backfield with Bob Sanders.
What did the Colts do in his rookie season? Go 12-4 and win Super Bowl 41. Bethea was a contributor to a good defense, having one interception and 90 tackles.
However, he would continue to elevate his game as he grew in the league. In his second year, Bethea had four interceptions, 64 tackles, and made his first Pro Bowl.
He would go on to play six more years with the Colts, eight seasons total, and made two Pro Bowls over that span. He finished his Indianapolis career with 14 interceptions and 47 pass deflections.
Bethea made another Pro Bowl in his first season after leaving Indianapolis and he would play six more years in the league with three different teams. However, his start and most impactful time were with the Colts.