When Jamarcus Russell (the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft) was released by the Raiders last week it got me to thinking about some of the Indianapolis Colts’ biggest draft busts.

Biggest bust in Indianapolis Colts' history? Has to be Steve Emtman. He blew out his knee midway through his rookie season and never recovered.

One of the first names that comes to mind is Jeff George. While George was a serious bust, I was surprised to find how many Colts draft blunders there have been since the team moved to Indianapolis. After some research, it was easy to see why the Colts were so terrible during my childhood.

Here’s my top 10 list of Colts busts.

10. Jack Trudeau, QB Illinois (No. 47, ’86)

Illinois quarterbacks didn’t treat the Colts well. In eight seasons with the Colts, only once did Trudeau throw more touchdowns than interceptions. He never reached an 80 quarterback rating or completed more than 58 percent of his passes in a season. After leaving the Colts Trudeau had brief stints with the Jets and Panthers where he threw a combined one touchdown pass to seven interceptions.

9. Dedric Mathis, DB Houston (No. 51, ’94)

As you will see, terrible defensive backs drafted by the Indianapolis Colts is a theme throughout this list. Mathis played in just two NFL seasons, both with the Colts. He started 10 games and had one career interception.

8. Anthony Young, DB Temple (No. 61, ’85)

Like Mathis, Young’s NFL career was short-lived to put it lightly. He played in 14 games and started 12 as a rookie, but after just one season his NFL career was done.

7. Eric Mahlum, G California (No. 32, ’94)

Mahlum started 18 games in three seasons with the Colts and was out of the NFL at age 26. Not exactly what you’re looking for with the No. 32 pick in the draft.

6. Jeff George, QB Illinois (No. 1, ’90)

Most would expect him higher on this list, but you have to give George some credit, he did assemble a respectable NFL career. Believe it or not George is 48th all-time for passing yards and 67th for touchdowns. Regardless, he was a total flop for the Colts. Thought to be the man to turn around the franchise, he was far from it. In his four years with the Colts he threw more interceptions than touchdowns (46-41) and complied a 14-35 record. And he had a terrible attitude to boot.

5. Don Anderson, DB Purdue (No. 32, ’85)

Background information on Anderson is hard to find, but he played in just five games for the Colts – all in 1985. He later re-emerged on the Bucs’ roster in 1987, but that was his last stint. He never started an NFL game.

4. Quentin Coryatt, LB Texas A&M (No. 2, ’92)

Coryatt was the No. 2 pick in the 1992 draft and was expected to be a dominant linebacker. He wasn’t. Coryatt had two good seasons with the Colts before being placed on injured reserve in 1998. He tried a comeback stint with the Cowboys in 1999 but failed. He retired from the NFL before the age of 30.

3. Leonard Coleman, DB Vanderbilt (No. 8, ’84)

Coleman played three seasons in Indianapolis, starting for only one of them. He joined the Chargers in 1988 and never started a game for them. He was out of the league after two seasons in San Diego at the age of 27.

2. Trev Alberts, LB Nebraska (No. 5, ’94)

After being burned by Steve Emtman (No. 1 overall pick in ’92) and Coryatt (No. 2 overall pick in ’92), the Colts again used a top 5 pick on defense. This time it was can’t-miss Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts, who they took with the No. 5 pick in the 1994 draft. Again, it was a disaster. Alberts started seven games in three seasons and recorded 49 tackles before retiring after the 1996 season due to either injuries or lack of heart depending on who you ask.

1. Steve Emtman, DE Washington (No. 1, ’92)

Emtman was the No. 1 pick in the 1992 draft and was set to be the cornerstone of the Colts’ defense. That is until he tore his patellar tendon midway through his rookie season. Emtman started 14 games in three seasons for the Colts, recording just five sacks. He later tried to revamp his career in Miami and Washington, but retired at the age of 27.

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