Ranking Colts last 10 first-round draft picks

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6. Malik Hooker (Drafted 15th overall in 2017 NFL Draft)

Malik Hooker was the Colts' first-round pick in 2017. The Ohio State defensive back was decent as a rookie, finishing his first season with an overall PFF grade of 65.3. He played well during the first three years of his career but unfortunately, he missed nearly all of the 2020 season after tearing his ACL.

It was the worst possible time for Hooker to tear his ACL because it happened to come in a contract year. Hooker went on to sign with the Dallas Cowboys where he's still playing, as of this writing. Hooker was a solid player during his time in Indianapolis but this spot feels appropriate for him.

5. Kwity Pane (Drafted 21st overall in 2021 NFL Draft)

Kwity Paye has improved every year that he's been in the NFL. As a rookie for the Colts in 2021, Paye finished the year with 4.0 sacks. In year 2, he had 6.0 sacks and in 2023, he had a career-high 8.5 sacks for the team that drafted him.

Paye did have some injuries that held him back in the 2022 season but otherwise, it's been great to see him improve every year. Fans might argue that he should be swapped with Malik Hooker but I went ahead and stuck him one spot higher since he's still a Colt.