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.
6, LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio University, 5-11, 191 (206th overall). Brazill started all 12 games as a freshman at Ohio and was the Bobcats' No. 1 receiver in 2011 when he set single-season school records with 1,146 yards receiving and 11 TD catches. In all, he owns six schools records, and he saved his best showings for last. He caught eight passes for 124 yards in a Mid-American Conference championship game loss to Northern Illinois and was the MVP in Ohio's victory at the Idaho Potato Bowl. Brazill was a second-team all-conference selection in 2011 and also has returned punts.
7, Justin Anderson, ot, Georgia, 6-5, 342 (208th overall). The massive offensive tackle immediately becomes the Colts' biggest offensive linemen. Anderson played both offense and defense at Georgia but didn't really find a home until being moved back to the offensive line during the spring of 2011. After the switch, Anderson started all 14 games and was named the Bulldogs' most improved player on offense.,
7, Tim Fugger, de, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 250 (214th overall). Fugger is a pass-rushing specialist who could find a home either as a defensive end or standup linebacker in the Colts' new 3-4 system. In 2011, he ranked among the SEC's leaders with 7½ sacks and 13½ tackles for loss, earning second-team all-league honors from the coaches. He forced a team-high three fumbles, seventh in the league.
7, Chandler Harnish, qb, Northern Illinois, 6-2, 219 (253rd overall). Suddenly, Mr. Irrelevant has relevance in Indy. Harnish grew up in northeastern Indiana, and became a star at Northern Illinois. He broke 30 school passing records, finished third in Mid-American Conference history in total yards (11,927), helped lead the Huskies to four consecutive bowl games and last year's Mid-American Conference championship. Harnish was rewarded with the league's offensive player of the year award and the league's MVP award. And now he's coming home to try and win a spot behind the Colts' new starting quarterback.