Biggest draft steals in Colts history

2023 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3
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The Indianapolis Colts have had plenty of draft steals during their storied history. What exactly is a draft steal though? Well, in most cases, a draft steal is a player who was selected after the fourth round and went on to have a decent enough career for a late-round pick.

While the Colts have been in Indianapolis since 1984, I decided to only include the drafts with seven rounds. It was easier for better players to slide back when the draft went for longer than seven rounds because each round was shorter so we'll stick to 1994 and beyond so that's when the NFL Draft became a seven-round event.

Let's check out some of the best draft steals in Colts history.

8. Steve McKinney

A fourth-round pick in 1998, Steve McKinney played for the Colts for four years and started double-digit games at left guard every year. After four years in Indy, McKinney joined the Houston Texans in 2002 and was one of the first free agents they signed as an expansion team. He went on to start 73 games at center for the Texans.

McKinney might not have played for the Colts for the entirety of his career but a fourth-round pick going on to start 133 games is nothing to scoff at. That's why it makes sense for him to be included on this list.

7. Austin Collie

With a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Colts selected Austin Collie out of BYU. Collie went on to play five years in the NFL, four of which were in Indy. He was an immediate favorite target of Peyton Manning's as a rookie, totaling 676 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2009 season, a year that saw the Colts reach the Super Bowl.

Collie didn't have as many receiving yards the following year but found the end zone a career-high eight times. In 2011, despite not having Manning throwing to him, Collie finished the season with 514 yards and one touchdown. His Colts stats included 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.