The over Colts' have made some pretty wise selections over the past 10 years, but it's not just Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dwight Freeney that make Vice Chairman Bill Polian look good. Later round and free-agent steals are really where GM's earn their reputation, and nobody has been better over the past few decades than Bill Polian. With six NFL Executive of the Year Awards and six Super Bowl appearances, including one Super Bowl title, it's fair to say that Mr. Polian knows a thing or two about how to draft.
Selecting Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf and Edgerrin James over Ricky Williams may have been Bill Polian's greatest moves and certainly cemented his and the Colts' legacy.
Had Polian missed on both of those picks, the Colts would have no doubt had better draft positioning to work with for years to come. Nevertheless, the Colts haven't been too shabby when it comes to scrutinizing and selecting talent.
Here is a list of some of Mr. Polian's displays of draft dexterity over the past decade of football—a decade in which the Colts ruled the roost putting together the highest winning percentage in the history of the NFL over a 10 year time span.