Somehow, someway, the Indianapolis Colts were able to snag the No. 1 overall selection by having one of the worst years in franchise history. It is definitely a coincidence that they get the first overall pick and will likely use it on the best prospect since Peyton Manning—who they drafted with the No. 1 selection in 1998.
As of right now, the Colts are in a rebuilding stage, as they look to get back to playoff form. There will likely be departures of longtime Colts defensive end Robert Mathis, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and center Jeff Saturday.
Lately, the Colts have struggled with their first-round selections, as most of them have not lived up to the front office's expectations. Over the last few years, they have used first-round picks on Jerry Hughes in 2010, Donald Brown in 2009, Anthony Gonzalez in 2007, Joseph Addai in 2006 and Marlin Jackson in 2005.
The injury-prone Bob Sanders could also fall into that category despite once winning the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Also in 2007, the Colts traded up in the second round to draft Arkansas tackle Tony Ugoh, who turned out to be a gigantic bust.
The last few years have been strange for the Colts, as they were once one of the better drafting teams in the NFL, specifically in the late 1990s and early 2000s—they successfully used first-round selections on Marvin Harrison in 1996, Tarik Glenn in 1997, Peyton Manning in 1998, Edgerrin James in 1999, Reggie Wayne in 2001, Dwight Freeney in 2002 and Dallas Clark in 2003.
Clearly, the Colts need to return to their old ways and become one of the better drafting teams in the NFL. They can get back on the right track by starting with this April's draft.