Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, April 10, 2017
Indiana hasn?t had a first-round draft choice since wideout Thomas Lewis went 24th overall to the Giants in 1994. But that 23-year dry spell may end this April, as guard Dan Feeney is projected by most draft prognosticators to be a first-round pick. In fact, some think he is the second-best guard available in the draft, set to take place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
The offensive line has been one of the more fertile areas in Bloomington the last 10 years, as three Hoosier blockers have been picked. In fact, tackle Jason Spriggs went 48th overall in last year?s draft, as the Packers took him in the second round.
It?s interesting to note that the last nine Indiana players picked have been offensive players. The last defender? DE Jammie Kirlew in the seventh round in 2010.
In addition to Feeney, Indiana also may see LB Marcus Oliver and RB Devine Redding get picked. Each declared early for the draft. Others to watch are DT Ralph Green III, WR Ricky Jones and OT Dimitric Camiel.
Here is a look at Indiana over the last 10 drafts.
INDIANA DRAFT (2007-16)
Highest pick: OT Rodger Saffold, second-round/33rd overall, 2010 Rams
Most fertile draft: 2010 and 2016, three picks
Total first-round selections: None
Total picks: 13
? Receiver: 3
? Offensive line: 3
? Defensive back: 2
? Running back: 2
? Defensive line: 1
? Tight end: 1
? Quarterback: 1
Second round: CB Tracy Porter, Saints
Second round: WR James Hardy, Bills
Second round: OT Rodger Saffold, Rams
Seventh round: DE Jammie Kirlew, Broncos
Seventh round: DB Ray Fisher, Colts
Fourth round: OT James Brewer, Giants
Fourth round: WR Tandon Doss, Ravens
Second round: WR Cody Latimer, Broncos
Seventh round: TE Ted Bolser, Redskins
Third round: RB Tevin Coleman, Falcons
Second round: OT Jason Spriggs, Packers
Fifth round: RB Jordan Howard, Bears
Sixth round: QB Nate Sudfeld, Redskins
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