Notable Colts' third-round picks

INDIANAPOLIS -- I did a post on notable second-round picks by the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week. We’ll move on and talk about notable third-round picks today. The Colts also have picks in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

Here are third-round picks who have ended up being productive for the Colts in recent years.

2013 G Hugh Thornton

Comment: The original plan was for Thornton to be brought along slowly behind Donald Thomas and Mike McGlynn at guard. That changed when Thomas suffered a torn quad and tendon in Week 2 last season. Thornton struggled at times, but he gained a lot of experience by starting 12 games.

2012 TE Dwayne Allen

Comment: Allen’s second season got cut short by a hip injury, but he’s still the Colts’ most complete tight end on the roster. They missed Allen's blocking and pass-catching ability last season. Allen has 46 catches for 541 yards and four touchdowns in 17 career games.

2012 WR T.Y. Hilton

Comment: Hilton emerged to become quarterback Andrew Luck's go-to receiver after Reggie Wayne went down with a torn ACL in Week 7. It wouldn't be surprising if Hilton is the Colts' No. 1 receiver next season even with Wayne back in the lineup. Hilton's part of the group of young players the Colts plan to lock up for the future. He has 132 catches for 1,944 yards and 12 touchdowns in his two seasons.

2009 DB Jerraud Powers

Comment: Powers’ best season was his rookie year when he had 66 tackles, an interception and 10 passes defended. He never played more than 12 games in a season during his four years with the Colts.