When your franchise gets to go from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck, there’s really not much hurting going on. They’ve also enjoyed great picks like Freeney, Mathis, Clark, Harrison, and Wayne. The Colts are one of the most successful sports franchises over the last few decades.
For all the offensive success they’ve enjoyed, they’ve had a lot of struggles on the defensive side. That’s why this pick is so utterly painful. Björn Werner from Florida State was taken 24th overall in the 2013 draft. He was coming off an extremely successful junior season in which he had logged 13 sacks and had been part of the nations number 2 run defense.
Indianapolis had hoped he would continue his streak of pressuring the quarterback and plugging holes in the run game. Unfortunately those habits didn’t carry over as he notched 81 tackles and only 6.5 sacks during his entire stint in the NFL. His career never truly took off due to multiple foot and knee injuries, he logged 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a rookie. The next season he started strong by having a 2 sack game in week 5, but didn’t end as he had hoped and was inactive for the AFC Championship game. In his 3rd season he played in 10 games and was promptly released during the off-season. He had a 3 month stint with the Jaguars before being released and then retiring.
Directly after Werner was picked by Indianapolis there was an absolute run on talent. Within the next three picks? Xavier Rhodes and DeAndre Hopkins. Can you imagine Rhodes and Hooker paired together in the secondary? Or Luck coming up with both Hopkins and Hilton? Talk about an aerial assault. Other players still available? Travis Frederick, Zach Ertz, Darius Slay, Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce, Le’Veon Bell, and Keenan Allen. I’m sure Colts fans would love to have any of those players over a player who’s already been released and has retired.
Rest easy though, with the 3rd pick in the 2018 draft Indianapolis has a chance to right that wrong and select another player at the same position in Bradley Chubb. He should be an absolute animal and a true tempo setter for this defense. Unless of course a quarterback hungry team trades up and Indianapolis can accrue more picks to address their multiple roster holes.