INDIANAPOLIS — The 2014 draft will always be remembered in Indianapolis for the Trent Richardson trade.
When Vick Ballard tore his ACL during a non-contact practice drill in 2013, general manager Ryan Grigson sent his 2014 first-round pick to Cleveland for Richardson. It was a controversial deal that came to define Grigson's five-season tenure with the Colts.
Indy wound up with the fewest picks (five) of any team in the 2014 draft, and only two players from that class played out their rookie contracts with the team.
Here's a look back at the Colts' draft haul from five years ago:
Round 1, No. 26 overall: Trade
Perhaps the pick involved in the Richardson deal was cursed. The Browns used it as a part of a package to move up and select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at No. 22 overall. He became an infamous draft bust.
Philadelphia ultimately wound up making the pick at No. 26, and it selected Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith, who played in 37 games with no starts over three seasons.
As for Richardson, he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the Colts and did not make the trip with the team for the AFC Championship Game in 2015 — his final contest on Indianapolis' roster.
Richardson never played in a regular-season game after leaving the Colts, but he did lead the Alliance of American Football in rushing touchdowns during the league's seven-week existence.
Round 2, No. 59 overall: Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State
Mewhort's 45 starts were the most in this draft class by far. But his Indianapolis career was star-crossed.
There was a disastrous attempt to make him a right tackle in 2015, the only season in which he started all 16 games. He settled in as a left guard and was developing into a force in the running game as well as a locker room leader before injuries derailed his career.
Mewhort played in just 10 games in 2016 and only five a year later. He still signed a one-year prove-it contract as a free agent in the 2018 offseason but never felt like himself again and retired during training camp.
Round 3, No. 90 overall: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Another case of unfulfilled potential, which proved to be a theme in this draft.
Moncrief played out his four-year rookie deal, appearing in 53 games with 27 starts. He caught seven touchdown passes in just nine games in 2016 and was beginning to emerge as a red-zone weapon for quarterback Andrew Luck.
But he took a step back during a contract year in 2017 — playing with quarterback Jacoby Brissett — and never gained the trust of new general manager Chris Ballard.
Moncrief signed with Jacksonville last year and will suit up with Pittsburgh this fall. His Indianapolis career ended with 152 catches for 1,875 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Round 4, No. 127 overall: Trade
In an odd draft class, here's a unique twist.
The Colts traded this pick during the 2013 draft to select defensive tackle Montori Hughes in the fifth round. He had a nondescript career with Indy.
But Cleveland got the pick and used it on a little-known cornerback out of Lindenwood named Pierre Desir. Three years later, he signed as a free agent with the Colts.
Desir had a breakout season in 2018 that included twice locking down Houston star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and he'll enter this season with a new three-year deal and the inside track on a starting job.
Round 5, No. 166 overall: Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State
Newsome's career began with a bang. He had 6.5 regular-season sacks as a rookie then added a takedown of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning during a divisional playoff upset victory.
But Newsome had just one sack in 2015 and was cut in February 2016 after police were sent to his house twice within a matter of days for noise violations and ultimately charged him with marijuana possession.
It was an immature and avoidable run-in for a player with obvious talent who became the third member of this class to fall short of his ceiling. He wound up with 30 appearances and just three career starts.
Round 6, No. 203 overall: Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kentucky
Jackson made the team out of training camp but made a brief detour to Carolina after being waived early in the year and never really had much of an impact.
He appeared in 13 games, mostly as a special teamer, and finished with one career sack. Jackson was cut in February 2015 and hasn't played in the NFL since.
Round 7, No. 232 overall: Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
John eventually played in 10 games with three starts over three seasons with Miami, Arizona and Green Bay. But he made no impact in Indianapolis.
He was placed on injured reserve and missed his entire rookie season, then spent 2015 on the practice squad before being cut.
Adding to the pain for Colts fans, the pick was acquired from Baltimore in a trade for fan-favorite center A.Q. Shipley — who briefly returned to Indy before carving out a solid career with the Cardinals.
Round 7, No. 241 overall: Trade
Fittingly, the draft began and ended with a trade.
This one was relatively inconsequential. The Colts dealt this pick to the Rams in 2012 for cornerback Josh Gordy. He played in 43 games with two starts over three seasons, providing solid value for the price to acquire him.
St. Louis used the pick on Ohio State safety Christian Bryant who never appeared in an NFL game.
Overall Grade: D+
In alternate universe where Mewhort, Moncrief and Newsome realized their full potential, this is a great draft class that helped add to the core of a roster on the rise.
In the real world, this ranks as one of Grigson's most disappointing hauls. Not a single player remains on the roster five years later, and the greatest impact likely will come from a player — Desir — who was drafted by Cleveland with a pick that originally belonged to the Colts.
Without the Richardson trade, this class might sneak into the C- range. But that disastrous deal deserves some kind of penalty.