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  1. Which draft would you rather have? I limited each draft to 1 trade each, both in the 1st round since the Colts are likely to trade their high pick for more... (A) Round 1 Pick 7 (T.B.): Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State Round 2 Pick 3: Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama Round 2 Pick 7 (T.B.): Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State Round 3 Pick 3: Braden Smith, OT/G, Auburn Round 3 Pick 7 (T.B.): Tony Brown, CB, Alabama Round 4 Pick 3: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn Round 5 Pick 3: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State Round 6 Pick 3: Bentley Spain, OT, North Carolina Round 7 Pick 3: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland (Trade - Indy trades 3rd overall pick to TB for their 1st, 2nd, 3rd round picks) (B) Round 1 Pick 11 (NYJ): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame Round 2 Pick 3: Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama Round 2 Pick 11 (NYJ): Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State Round 3 Pick 3: Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia Round 4 Pick 3: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn Round 5 Pick 3: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State Round 6 Pick 3: TJ Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin Round 7 Pick 3: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland (Trade - Indy trades 3rd overall pick to New York for their 1st, 2nd, 2019 1st)
  2. A Few Late Thoughts on Tonight's Game....

    And 49ers! Would like to see Tennessee knocked out of playoff contention
  3. OGs usually don't impact the game as much as pass rushers, OTs, CBs, etc. no matter how good they are. If I were forced to take a player and didn't have a trade down option at picks 3-5, I'd probably take Bradley Chubb if Ballard was confident he would fit our new coaches' scheme. But my first choice is to find a team like New York Jets, AZ, Cleveland, Denver, or another dark horse team to trade a good number of picks to move up. Then after the trade down get value in taking someone like Nelson at OG.
  4. When's the last time a OG was taken top 5 though? I know Nelson is a great prospect, but it rarely ever happens.
  5. I think Nelson could be had around pick 8-12. That being said, I'd trade down even if we were picking 5th overall. Ballard needs all the draft picks he can get to improve this roster, and I believe Nelson could still be had after trading back 5 spots or so.
  6. https://www.stampedeblue.com/2017/12/12/16756402/projecting-colts-guard-jack-mewhorts-next-contract I could see Ballard bringing him back for around 6-7 mil per season, and I also doubt it will be a long term contract due to Mewhort's injury history. Ballard would then need to find a starter at RG and OT to set this OL for 2018. Let's hope he finds a few studs in the draft to help there.
  7. I could see Moncrief having a bounce back year if he is retained since he should have Luck next year and a new offensive scheme that will hopefully allow our WRs to move all over getting them open more often.
  8. Here is my updated Colts mock draft post Buffalo week... Trades - (Indy trades 3rd overall pick to New York Jets for their 11th overall, two 2nds, and 2019 2nd.) (Indy trades 2nd round pick to LA for their 2nd, 3rd round picks.) Round 1 Pick 11 (NYJ): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame Round 2 Pick 11 (NYJ): Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama Round 2 Pick 14 (LAC): Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State Round 2 Pick 25 (NYJ): Braden Smith, OT/OG, Auburn Round 3 Pick 3: Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia Round 3 Pick 14 (LAC): Tony Brown, CB, Alabama Round 4 Pick 3: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn Round 5 Pick 3: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State Round 6 Pick 3: TJ Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin Round 7 Pick 3: Best WR available Analysis - Indy gets their OL fixed by adding a dominant force in Quenton Nelson in round 1, and then adding talented OT/Gs in Rankin and Smith. Round 2 Indy gets their sideline to sideline playmaking ILB in Evans, and then in round 3 Ballard gets a talented pass rusher in Carter. Carter, along with the development of Basham, will help the rotational pass rush with Sheard and Simon. Tony Brown is a CB I really like, and could fight for a starting CB spot with Wilson and Melvin in 2018. Kerryon Johnson is a talented RB who has drawn similarities to Le'veon Bell at times. Would love pairing him with Mack going forward and avoiding spending an early pick on a RB. Wilson is a WR I like in the middle rounds, and adds size and reliability to the WR core for Luck. Edwards might not be the fasted ILB in the draft, but he simply makes plays and could drop to the 6th, which could be a value pick for Indy, and he could challenge for playing time next to Evans.
  9. It's a no brainer for me, Ballard has to find a way to get Quenton Nelson on this team at good draft value! He will bring an attitude this OL lacks.
  10. Here is my updated Colts draft post Jacksonville week... Trades - (Indy trades 5th overall to Arizona for their 11th, 2nd, 3rd round picks) (Indy trades 2nd round pick from AZ to KC for their 2nd, 3rd round picks) Round 1 Pick 11 (AZ): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame Round 2 Pick 5: Rashaan Evans, OLB, Alabama Round 2 Pick 19 (K.C.): Braden Smith, OT/OG, Auburn Round 3 Pick 5: Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia Round 3 Pick 11 (AZ): Tony Brown, CB, Alabama Round 3 Pick 19 (K.C.): Cameron Smith, ILB, Southern California Round 4 Pick 5: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn Round 5 Pick 5: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State Round 6 Pick 5: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland Round 7 Pick 5: Best OL player available Analysis - I wanted to try and fix the OL and ILB position in this draft, so I drafted 2 studs on the OL in my opinion in Nelson and Smith. At ILB, Indy gets a stud in Evans who can do it all, and a run stopping ILB who is a bit underrated in pass coverage in Smith. I also wouldn't mind TJ Edwards from Wisconsin either. I really like Carter as another pass rusher to add to the depth, plus Ballard always likes adding more help there. I really like Tony Brown at CB and he brings a physical presence at corner with great speed. He just needs a little coaching up. Kerryon Johnson is a talented RB who can share carries with Mack. And finally, at WR I really like Cedrick Wilson and feel like he could be a steal producing stats similar to Rishard Matthews from Tennessee. D.J. Moore could be used as a quality slot WR playing the middle of the field.
  11. Basham Deserves Some Praise

    I think he will be fine long term, just needs better coaching up from his new staff in 2018. I don't expect him to be an elite pass rusher, but I could see his ceiling being around 8-12 sacks a year. I think Ballard will look to add another pass rusher in the draft. Someone like Lorenzo Carter would be nice in the late 2nd, early 3rd range. The very early picks should be spent on OL in my opinion since the FA class is weak there. Quenton Nelson, Martinas Rankin, and Braden Smith are OL prospects I really like.
  12. A good GM will evaluate the draft and see where the strengths are. If it's a strong draft at OL, which it is, then FA should probably be spent more on help elsewhere. I'm sure this is not news to Ballard though. Think of it this way, would you rather sign Pugh and draft Calvin Ridley early, or sign Jarvis Landry and draft Quenton Nelson early? I'd much prefer the latter. Nelson should be much better than Pugh at OG long term, and Landry I'd take in a heart beat over Ridley right now.
  13. First of all, I think there will be opportunities to trade down with a top 5 pick. It's just if you're asking for too much that could prevent the trade from happening. But if I had to pick someone with the 5th overall pick, I'd go either Saquan Barkley or Nelson.
  14. Bradley Chubb

    I do also like Lorenzo Carter too in the 3rd. But I believe Ballard should use this draft to finally fix the OL. The OL class is pretty strong this year, and instant impact players can be found.
  15. Bradley Chubb

    I'd also definitely take Dorance Armstrong from Kansas in the 2nd if he's there.