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  1. ar7

    Le'Raven Clark

    It would be huge if he can play up to his potential. The guy has all of the physical tools. Hopefully the new coaching staff helps him. Not only with his technique but the scheme too. There is supposed to be an emphasis on getting the ball out quicker this year. Hopefully this combined with some hard work by Clark equals a good season for him.
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    Thoughts on Ballard's vision

    Ballard spent 2+ hours with local reporters tonight going over their 2018 draft class. All will have stories coming. Here is part of what he had to say.
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    Ballard's Draft Brilliance

    Out of their starters on offense/defense from last season they drafted 11 and signed 2 as UDFAs. They did add some important players from free agency. Most notably Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, and AJ Bouye. Count their safeties Barry Church and Tashaun Gibson too if you want. Not exactly 90%. These free agent signings mean little without their drafts though. It’s fine to want the Colts to spend some of their money but let’s be real.....teams need to draft and draft well to sustain success. The use of free agency by good teams gets exaggerated to argue why the Colts should be signing big time free agents. As for Moncrief, I’m not losing any sleep over Blake Bortles throwing to Donte Moncrief. I’m sure he makes some plays but their defense and Leonard Fournette will drive their success.
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    Ballard's Draft Brilliance

    Ballard has said before that: 1) He wants to build through the draft. “Grow your own” 2) He believes in building strong offensive and defensive lines on both sides of the ball. Also with depth. This is exactly what Ballard did. For those who say Ballard reached on these picks...I have read a lot of draft content over the past couple of months including on most of the players the Colts drafted. I don’t get where this perception comes from that the Colts reached. Specifically on the players selected in round 2. I wasn’t surprised they went where they did. Besides that the term “reaching” becomes blurry after round 1. With building deep lines in mind, I think we should get used to seeing early round picks on offensive and defensive linemen. I don’t anticipate Ballard consistently using early round picks on skill position players like the Colts have done in the past.
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    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    I think most people will say the Giants or Broncos but I liked what the Patriots did. Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel were great picks late in the first. Braxton Berrios is the type of receiver who excels in their offense. And I love watching Ja'whaun Bentley. I thought Bentley was underrated this past season. I think he will produce in the NFL.
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    Future of Colts Cornerback position

    If I was putting money on it I would say that the Colts make some wavier claims but don't sign proven veterans like DRC or Jeremy Lane. If the Colts did sign a veteran CB I don't think it would be DRC. He is 32 years old and I don't think the Colts are going to sign a CB that old. I could potentially see them signing Lane if they do decide to bring a more proven veteran in.
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    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    I saw Frank Reich was on ESPN not long ago. Did anyone catch what he said?
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    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    I don't disagree about the concern over the lack of depth specifically at linebacker. However, the linebacker depth in this draft was not predicted to be good. Specifically when you are looking for ones with speed like the Colts. The Colts got more talented prospects at RB and WR today than they would have if they selected a linebacker or cornerback.
  9. Watching the NFL.com coverage and the guy who writes the scouting reports thinks he is a round 2-3 talent and not sure why he fell this far. Seems like the Colts got really good value here.
  10. Hines can end up being a great pick. It will really depend on how Reich and his staff use him. Players like Hines are where a good coaching staff can make the difference. He can add another dimension to this offense. There should be plenty of plays calls where Luck gets rid of it quickly to Hines. I like it!
  11. Ballard might not be finished adding to the lines in this draft. There are some good prospects still available. Andrew Brown (DT), RJ Mcintosh (DT), Bilal Nichols (DT), Brett Toth (OT), Tyrell Crosby (OT/G), and Tony Adams (G) Tremon Smith is not as well known but he is a CB that I think fits the profile of what the Colts want at that position. He has length and ball skills. Also, don't forget about Shaquen Griffin. Yes, I know he doesn't have a left hand but the guy can play. I think if a team is going to draft him the Colts are a possibility. He has speed and character which are two things Ballard has said over and over again that he wants.
  12. I was just going to post this as a question. I didn't think much about him for the Colts before but drafting Nelson and Smith changes that.
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    Day 1 and 2 Recap

    I totally understood the Nelson pick last night but would have loved Roquan Smith mostly due to the drop off at linebacker from round 1 to round 2 vs the drop off at guard. This draft isn't supposed to be strong at linebacker and the current group of linebackers on the Colts roster is not what you want to go into the season with. However, getting Darius Leonard in round 2 was huge, imo. Some might think that was a reach but he was by far the best linebacker prospect left going into today. I'm not sure he would have lasted until the Colts picked at the end of round 2 or into round 3. He is a perfect fit for their defense. I loved the Colts being able to get him. Turey has all of the physical tools to be effective so it's up to the coaching staff and him to produce. I thought Maurice Hurst would be a great fit for the defense too but it appears teams have concerns about his heart condition. If healthy he is a round 1 or 2 prospect. Lewis seems like he might give them something similar to Hurst. When Chris Ballard was hired he said he believed in building the offensive and defensive lines. Pretty much every GM says that but they don't always follow through with it. Ballard is with this draft. The value wasn't there last year to do it but with the prospects in this draft and all of the extra picks the lines are getting built.
  14. I didn't watch much Ohio State and I haven't read a lot about Lewis but I love stockpiling defensive linemen. Build depth and have multiple guys who can rush the quarterback across the line.
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    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    I don't think that it his really his age. He is also listed at 6'9 which I don't think is accurate. There was a Darius Leonard who played college basketball at Wake Forest a few years ago. He is 6'9 and probably around 27. I think the internet is somehow getting that Darius Leonard mixed up with the Darius Leonard the Colts drafted.