Indianapolis Colts Made Colossal Mistake During First Round of 2010 NFL Draft

Kevin WeissContributor ISeptember 19, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 02:  Bob Sanders #21 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts to a defensive play against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 2, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Looking back at the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts made a colossal mistake. Even before the draft, I was telling everyone I knew that the Colts needed to choose a safety in the first round considering Bob Sanders' injury history.

Instead, the Colts decided to draft Jerry Hughes, a defensive end out of TCU. Don't get me wrong, Hughes is a very good player. However, Indianapolis had the opportunity to take a premier safety such as  South Florida's Nate Allen or USC's Taylor Mays. Also, they are already set at defensive end with Pro Bowlers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

The Colts should have known that an injury to Bob Sanders would be inevitable after he played four games in 2006, six games in 2008, and two games in 2009. Now, it is 2010 and Sanders once again proved his brittleness after suffering a torn biceps tendon during the Colts' loss to the Houston Texans last weekend. On Wednesday, he had surgery to repair the arm injury.

Recent news reports suggest the Colts may decide to release the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year who signed a $37.5 million contract during that same year. Melvin Bullitt, who is the official backup to Sanders, has gotten a plethora of playing time during the past two years because of Sanders' struggles.

Bullitt, an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2007, has proven himself to be a reliable option at the safety position. However, he is not necessarily a power-hitter or difference-maker like Taylor Mays or Nate Allen will be as they progress throughout their careers.

It is a shame to see such a great player like Sanders be injured so often because he is great for the NFL. It will be sad if Sanders gets released by the Colts because of the great plays and moments he has supplied Colts fans with. It is also sad to think that the 2010 Draft was the worst for Bill Polian and the Indianapolis Colts.