Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/28/12
The Colts moved from Baltimore in the middle of the night on March 28th, 1984 to their current home in Indianapolis. They are a storied and historic franchise that came in to the current league in 1953, winning NFL championships in 1958, 1959, and 1968.

They have won two Super Bowl Championships (1970 and 2006). They have had many great draft picks since their birth, all of which are hard to rank. Here are my top five Colts draft picks of all time:
 
5. WR Raymond Berry, 20th Round, 1954 Draft
Berry and Unitas would start the QB/WR dominance that we see today. Having only caught 33 passes in his three years at Southern Methodist, Baltimore thought he was worth a shot in the 20th round of the 1954 NFL Draft. Berry became a starter in his second season and didn’t miss a game until his eight year in the league.

He led the NFL in receptions three times, made the Pro Bowl six times, and was All-NFL from 1958 to 1960. In lesser-known but astonishing numbers, Berry only dropped two passes and had only one fumble in his 13-year NFL career. He currently ranks third in multiple categories amongst Colts wide receivers, including 9,275 receiving yards, 68 touchdowns, 631 receptions, and 60.7 yards per game. Berry was elected in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973.
 
4. TE John Mackey, 2nd Round, 1963 Draft
Considered the man who revolutionized the tight end position, Mackey played eight years for the Colts from 1963 to 1971. His best season came in 1966, when six of his nine receiving touchdowns were of 50 yards or more. He averaged 20 yards or more per catch twice, where his averaged over his career is 15.8 yards.

Showing such impressive speed, the Colts decided for a season Mackey was going to be their primary kick returner, and just as he did at tight end, he excelled. He returned nine kickoffs for 271 yards. His 5,126 receiving yards rank seventh on the Colts' all-time list, the No. 1 tight end. He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.
 
3. RB Edgerrin James, 1st Round, 1999 Draft
The Edge was selected No. 4 overall in 1999, ahead of the No. 1 rated running back on every analyst’s board, Ricky Williams. He provided young quarterback Peyton Manning with stability and proved from game one, he would become one of the NFL’s elite rushers.

He won Rookie of the Year honors in his first season, rushing for 1,553 yards, which was the league’s best. James would win the rushing title again the following season, before tearing his ACL in 2001. He came back with a vengeance in 2003, rushing for 1,259 yards. In 2004 and 2005 he would amass over 1,500 yards on the ground. He ranks first on the Colts' all-time rushing list with 9,226 yards, ahead of Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, and Lenny Moore.
 
2. WR Marvin Harrison, 1st Round, 1996 Draft
Harrison was a three-year starter at Syracuse before the Colts selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 1996 Draft. He ranks first in every category in receiving for Indy, and has 14,580 career receiving yards. In 2002, he broke Herman Moore’s reception mark by 20 (143) which he still holds to this day.

Harrison has 55 more touchdown catches than Reggie Wayne, who is second on the Colts' TD list with 73. He is second to only Jerry Rice in most consecutive games with a reception (190). Harrison could be a first ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible in 2014.
 
1. QB Peyton Manning, 1st Round, 1999 NFL Draft
Like this was ever even a question. Manning was with the Colts from 1998-2011, become their leader and their face. After a so-so rookie year that saw Indy go 3-13, Manning would respond by leading his team to a 13-3 record in 1999, winning the AFC East. The ten-game turnaround is still an NFL record. Manning would finish 1999 with 4,135 yards and 26 touchdowns.

He is the only four-time MVP (2003-2004, 2008-2009,) an 11-time Pro Bowler, a 5-time first team All-Pro, and a Super Bowl MVP. He has the most seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards, including five straight from 1999-2004, most regular season games with 300 or more passing yards (63), and most touchdown passes in a decade, with 314 from 2000 to 2009. When he does step away from the game, Manning will go down as one of the all-time greats in NFL history.

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