INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Biographies of the players the Indianapolis Colts selected in the 2012 NFL draft.
1, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, 6-foot-4, 234 pounds (1st overall pick). The Houston native is considered the best NFL quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning or John Elway. Now the Colts have drafted all three with the No. 1 pick. Indy is getting a virtual carbon copy of Manning -- from the his family's football background to the pro-style offense and even finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up. In three seasons, Luck turned the Cardinal from lovable losers into national championship contenders, completing 67 percent of his passes for 9,430 yards and a school record 82 touchdowns while rushing for 957 yards and seven scores.
2, Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford, 6-6, 252 (34th overall). While Luck was breaking Elway's records at Stanford, Fleener was rewriting the school marks for tight ends. The fifth-year senior caught 18 career TD passes, the most ever by a Stanford tight end. Over his career, he caught 96 passes for 1,543 yards and his 10 scores in 2011 was the third-highest single-season total by any Stanford receiver, not just tight ends. He wowed scouts with a 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range at his pro day workout, and the Colts think he can fit the mold of the now departed Dallas Clark. They were so impressed with Fleener they ignored his history of back problems, and with Luck and Fleener together again, the transition to the NFL should be easier for both.
3, Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson, 6-3, 255 (64th overall). Colts general manager Ryan Grigson didn't have much trouble finding No. 83 on the field. Allen caught 50 passes for 598 yards and eight TDs in 2011, winning the John Mackey Award as college football's best tight end. It prompted the junior to leave school early. Most scouts had Allen ranked in the top three at his position, and the Colts liked the nasty streak that helped him become a stronger in-line blocker. With two of the draft's best tight ends, the Colts almost certainly will try and get both on the field, especially in power-running situations.
3, T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International, 5-9, 183 (92nd overall). Grigson coveted Hilton's speed and his ability to return kicks. But he's more than just a speedster. Hilton has a 39½-inch vertical jump, a 9 foot, 11-inch broad jump and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.36 seconds. That goes along with 4.37 he clocked in the 40-yard dash, running into the wind. As a senior, Hilton caught 72 passes for 1,038 yards and seven TDS and returned a punt 97 yards. Not only could he give the Colts a deep threat, but he could also be the dynamic returner Indy has been chasing for years.
5, Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama, 6-1, 316 (136th overall). Chapman gives the Colts something they desperately need, a proven nose guard that can take on double teams. He anchored the Crimson Tide's defensive line last season on the way to a national championship and demonstrated his toughness by playing four months with a torn ACL in his left knee. Eight days after the BCS national championship game, Chapman finally had surgery. He's not expected to be fully ready until June or July, just in time for training camp. By playing, he earned a championship ring and second-team all-SEC honors, but it cost him in draft position.
5, Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi St., 5-10, 217 (170th overall). A junior college transfer, Ballard burst onto the SEC scene in 2010 by rushing for 19 touchdowns, nearly 1,000 yards and 5.2 yards per carry, then followed that up with 1,189 yards, 10 TDs and 6.2 yards per carry in 2011. In two seasons, he finished as the No. 10 rusher in school history, finished second all-time with 31 career TDs and averaged 5.99 yards per carry. But his first big moment on the national stage came during February's annual NFL scouting combine, when he tripped at the start of his 40-yard dash and tumbled into a camera. Ballard can laugh about it now that he's on his way back to Indy.