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  1. 49 points
    Hey guys, want to thank everyone for your input on the Colts, I have learned a lot from your input on moving forward good or bad LOL At my age it's time to past the torch to more inquisitive minds to see what the future holds for our organization. I only wish the best for us as fans and hope you will too. I am a old timer who knows my time is growing shorter. I hope I will be around longer, but, if not I hope you guys keep the faith and the dream longer. In this busy world that we live in , time marches on , and my only wish is that we can all agree that. no matter what our differences is that we can form a bond that we are galvanized to the betterment of our franchise. So in retrospect , just remember we are all Colts fans and give your fellow fans, the respect regardless if you agree with them, that in the end it's about us as a team.
  2. 28 points
    Thanks for creating a thread for this. I was having a hard time finding whether or not anyone was disappponted with free agency so far. This was much needed.
  3. 27 points
    Lol...some of you are hilarious. This dude missed over a year of football, strolled back in to a new offense with all new pieces and lit the league up and became an MVP candidate. Dude misses a couple training camp practices and now its "OMG WE NEED TO START JACOBY OTHERWISE THIS SEASON IS OVER!! HE'S SOFT!" Insert massive eye roll Gif here. Absolute nonsense. So disrespectful.
  4. 26 points
    I've always said, you want to be peaking in week two of August...
  5. 26 points
    On that list they have Deshaun Watson ahead of Luck
  6. 25 points
    Im wondering if that's the reason for the calf strain in the offseason?
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  8. 24 points
    A little late, but I wanted to get this on the record before camp starts. These are my thoughts on the Colts draft. Just a disclaimer, any disagreement with any picks is just me expressing my opinion, not suggesting that the Colts are wrong or that I know any better than they do. Trade: acquired 2/46 and a 2020 second rounder in exchange for 1/26, A- Ballard and Co. telegraphed this for weeks, and explained it well. It’s easy to see that they had similar grades on a bunch of guys who they expected to fall anywhere between 20-40, and were willing to move back if they could get value. Getting a future second and still coming away with one of their desired guys is value. I can nitpick and say that they could have gotten another pick in the deal, but when you analyze this on any of the charts and adjust the future second, it comes out as a push, which is acceptable, especially since they already had #34 from the Jets. 2/3 -- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple, A- This is a solid pick anyway you slice it. Great prospect on paper, good athlete, nice size profile, fits the length requirements Ballard looks for (77” wingspan). But on film, he’s physical, quick, aggressive, high intensity, fiercely competitive, and shows up in run support. His technique needs refinement in man and zone, but he still effectively blankets receivers in all areas. The physical traits and abilities are there, and he looks quicker than his workout numbers suggest. What I really like is that this pick appears to signify a tangible shift in defensive philosophy toward a scheme that will employ more diverse coverage schemes. There were other players I liked more, but as the draft unfolded their plan mostly made up for it. 2/17 -- Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU, C Definitely a H/W/S prospect, his length and burst show up on film, what also shows up is a complete lack of refinement, virtually no technique as a pass rusher, and he’s not great in space. He should be able to handle edge responsibilities on early downs, from a two- or three-point stance. At first Ballard said he might be a Sam prospect (think Jamie Collins), but more recently, the coaches have suggested that he’ll be an end to start with. Apparently his college coaches did nothing to help him develop as a rusher -- which isn’t surprising, TCU doesn’t even use playbooks, I believe they didn’t teach technique -- so he still has a lot of upside, and being exposed to guys like Houston and hopefully Mathis will be great for him. I feel like there were better players available at multiple positions, and probably greater value to be gained even if Banogu was highly coveted. 2/59 -- Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State, A My favorite pick of the draft. I’ve been beating the drum for a YAC monster at receiver for a long time, and the Colts drafted one of the best YAC producers in this year’s draft. He’s quick and shifty, as a former RB he breaks weak tackles, a natural pass catcher (though he has some drops, they appear to be focus related, not a lack of ability), and he has elite deep speed. Not a lot of routes on tape, but his athletic profile, including his foot speed, balance and body positioning make for an understandable projection as a route running prospect. Major production in college, and he can return punts and kicks. On top of my excitement about the player, picking a receiver on Day 2 is a great value in this draft, and I like Campbell better than several receivers with higher profiles that went earlier than him. 3/26 -- Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford, B+ Another athlete with speed and length, but not technically refined. Rangy and with decent awareness in the passing game, not incredible in man coverage but seems to have the physical ability to handle himself in certain situations. He’s not a downhill run defender, will more likely evade blockers than take them on, yet he plays with a physicality and likes to hit ball carriers, using his closing speed to arrive with bad intentions. He’ll be a great special teamer, and he’s an obvious fit for the defense, assuming he takes to coaching. Good value at this spot in the draft, and he’ll add immediate competition in the LB room. (Side note: Hopefully the Colts got it right with the character evaluation, given the recent news that he was accused of sexual assault a few years ago at Stanford.) 4/7 -- Khari Willis, DB, Michigan State, C+ Good tackler, breaks down well in space, sometimes comes in too hot and overruns the play, could be better at shedding blocks, not afraid to show up in run support and lay a hit; decent awareness in the middle of the field, plays the ball instinctively and aggressively, has tenacity and active hands when the ball is arriving, only a moderately effective cover man but doesn’t back down; decent range but somewhat limited on the back end, much better closer to the line of scrimmage; team captain, from a big family, known as a hard worker, ultra competitive. It’s easy to see him as a rotational DB early on, but I don’t think he has a very high ceiling. 5/6 -- Marvell Tell, DB, USC, C+ Long, athletic, decent ability to play the ball in man coverage, good range and agility to close in different coverages, not a great tackler, lacks the awareness and refinement to stay in position as a single high safety, stuck between positions but an obvious prospect at corner, which is where the Colts are moving him. He looks like he’s at least a decent dime prospect, maybe has the potential to be a starter as he learns the position and refines his technique. This pick will look great in a couple years if the staff can maximize his potential at corner. 5/26 -- EJ Speed, LB, Tarleton State, INC Who? It’s impossible to know whether another team would have taken him, requiring a fifth rounder on a small school unknown. But watching his highlight video, he lives up to his name -- he’s fast. He also has decent size and good length, so he’s another developmental guy with the traits the staff loves. I’m withholding a grade on this pick. 6/27 -- Gerri Green, Edge, Mississippi State, C- An unimpressive athlete with the size profile of a tweener edge, but he plays with a tenacity that allows him to contribute, he has good strength and power, when he’s balanced he can defeat blockers with his upper body, good awareness including in space; they talked about him having some ability to play Sam but he looks like a sub DE, at best. They were most likely drawn to his intangibles, as he was a captain on a defense with several standout players, but everyone seemed to look up to Green. Not super thrilled about his prospects in the NFL, but he can definitely be a special teams maven right away. 7/26 -- Jackson Barton, T, Utah, B+ In late rounds, I think a great strategy is to go after players with desirable physical traits who might need technical refinement. Barton has prototypical LT size and length (he’s basically a cutout of Castonzo), and he moves pretty well on film, has good lateral range and change of direction, and looks natural climbing to the second level. His technical issues are many: bends at the waist, his feet get crossed up at times, he lacks the initial anchor to handle NFL bull rushers, definitely lacks the re-anchor to handle a speed-to-power rush. And while he has long arms, he doesn’t know how to use them, his hands and fit are out of sync, and as a result he tends to catch rushers rather than block them. This also shows up when blocking in space, as he tends to crash into defenders rather than block them effectively. He’s raw and needs a lot of refinement to play on Sundays, but the physical tools are there. 7/32 -- Javon Patterson, C, Ole Miss, B- Looks like a solid prospect with upside as he gets stronger, he plays with reasonably good technique and he’s aggressive at the snap, good range and good feet, he can get better with his hands and his stance. He’s not going to challenge anyone for a starting spot, but he’s a guy to keep an eye on as a C/G combo, which is something of value on game day. He'll miss this year with an ACL, but he can still work on his upper body, and hopefully he doesn't lose his lateral ability when he comes back. What I think they did well: All told, I think the Colts added a lot of competition across the board. The DB room is now crowded, with multiple versatile players, they added some potential depth at OL, more speed at LB, a decent edge prospect, and an electrifying YAC receiver. I'm excited to see these guys in action soon. What I think they missed on: No true pass rush prospect. I'm underwhelmed by Banogu and I'm not sure that what they saw before the draft is what they saw after they got him in the building, but he is an intriguing physical prospect who hasn't received a lot of coaching yet. They passed on better prospects (for various reasons, some are easily understandable -- Sweat might not have passed their medical, Tillery had a medical red flag, Simmons had medical and character concerns, etc.), then took a project player in the second. Between Banogu, Tell, Speed and Green, the coaches are going to be asked to develop some very raw talent right away.
  9. 24 points
    https://www.albertbridgecapital.com/drew-views/2019/6/17/stay-in-the-game Yeah, must read.
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  12. 24 points
    According to the PFF folks there have been series of stories about Quenton Nelson and his participation in the combine last year. You can hear the stories here(go to 47:25): Story 1: Quenton was interviewing with the 49ers and they showed him the tape of him blowing the safety away coming from the other side of the formation from the game vs Georgia. So they ask him "what did you see, how did you see the safety blitz? Talk us through this" and Quenton answered the regular stuff "I've studied tape, I saw the formation and picked up the blitz, etc."... then he looked straight at John Lynch and added "I would have done the same thing if it was you" Story 2: Quenton and his trainers had decided to not do one of the drills at the combine and some team told him "if you don't run that drill we are not going to draft you" and he was like "Look, all I do is bury people into the dirt every single play and if you cannot work that out from the tape then I can't help you"
  13. 23 points
    Just a humble request from those like me watching the NFL Draft live on ESPN, at least for Day 1 and Day 2, please do not post the draft picks a few seconds in advance from twitter. Thanks!!! Don't be a spoiler!!!
  14. 23 points
    Look, I know there are a lot of upset people about how free agency has played out, but I wanted to take a deeper look into Ballard's process and maybe relax some people's anxiety. 2 of Ballard's core philosophies are.. 1. Take care of your own players. 2. He wants the Colts to be the best team in the league at developing talent. I think we can all agree that FA has been full of huge contracts payed out to (outside of Earl Thomas and a few others) good, but not elite players. Ballard's view is likely that he'd prefer to spend our cap room on resigning OUR guys and keeping our core together, rather than let our stars go and try to find their replacements. Next year, we have a ton of big name free agents. AC, Kelly, Ebron, Moore, Sheard... just to name a few. Then TY is the year after. So, the question is, where is all this money we have gonna go? Its gonna go right there, to OUR guys. Now, I have seen many people say, "It doesn't matter what they spend, if we want to win a Superbowl we need better talent." If you are of that belief, you're not wrong.. What is wrong is assuming Ballard doesnt believe that too. He knows it. The difference is how he chooses to find that jump in talent. Instead of bringing new faces into the building on big expensive contracts, he is putting all his resources into developing the talent we have. Taking good players and making them great. Let's look at pass rush for example. (I'm gonna use Madden like terminology just because it's easy to digest) Let's say, on a scale of 0-100, Kemoko Turay was at a 75 last year. Maybe Preston Smith was an 84. Ballard drafted Turay with the belief that, (and again, I'm just thinking hypothetically here) with time/reps/the right coaching, Turay could be a 90. So, in his mind, his answer for the pass rush is already on the roster. Instead of REPLACING a 75 with an 84, he wants to UPGRADE his 75 to that same level and hopefully beyond. It's more affordable on the cap, and it establishes a culture of progression. When players think, "Man, the Colts can help me get the best out of myself. They can help make me the best version of me." then not only do they want to come here and stay here, but they also trust the coaches and lean into them. They work harder knowing that the team has a proven track record of success developing players. They become better players, we win more games, they earn their more money for their next contract. The entire system is symbiotic. It takes time, and I know that's frustrating when we as fans can't look on paper and just already know the team is definitively better than it was last year. But Ballard has proven that he can do this. Just look at last year... Ebron went from ridiculed bust to leading the league in touchdowns. Glow went from obscurity to incredibly impressive starting RG and earned a nice contract. Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir, even Quincy Wilson were mocked and called "the weakest position group on the team"... and look how well they played as they got better and better throughout the season. Ryan Kelly went from a solid Center to arguably the best center in the NFL. So, yes, its easy to be upset. Theres nothing wrong with wanting impact players to come to the Colts. But Ballard is banking on himself, and trusting that they're already here. He's earned the right to have this season go HIS way and on HIS terms, where he can prove to all of us that he can make that process work.
  15. 22 points
    "Indianapolis Colts: A Top needs: Wide receiver, edge rush, cornerback How about the job Chris Ballard has done as general manager of the Colts? He absolutely crushed the 2018 draft, finding stars and helping catapult Indy to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth after going 4-12 in 2017. This roster has a ton of young talent. Ballard also landed an extra second-rounder from the Jets in the Sam Darnold trade last year, and that pick ended up at the very top of Round 2 in 2019. That's good team-building, and the Colts had some very specific needs to fill this weekend. How did Ballard do? I love this class from top to bottom. Ballard moved out of Round 1, picking up an extra 2020 second-rounder in going from No. 26 to No. 46, which meant Indy had three second-round picks. And I really liked all four of Indy's Day 2 picks. I was surprised that cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (No. 34) made it out of the first round, but only one corner went in the first 32 picks. He is a little raw, but I think he'll start immediately. Wide receiver Parris Campbell (No. 59) is a burner, but he also caught 90 passes last season and improved every year. He'll play some slot and also scorch corners out wide. Bobby Okereke (No. 89) was my fourth-ranked inside linebacker, and he could compete with Anthony Walker for that starting spot. Defensive end Ben Banogu (No. 49) is a really good to fit in Matt Eberflus' 4-3 scheme. That's all three needs filled on Day 2. There were also some intriguing additions on Day 3, particularly in safety Khari Willis (No. 109), who I ranked as my No. 50 overall prospect. He broke up 10 passes last season and will be an impact special-teams contributor. Safety Marvell Tell III (No. 144) is a good athlete with a 6-foot-2 frame. Javon Patterson(No. 246) made 39 college starts at guard but will likely move to center. Ballard & Co. have done it again -- this is my favorite draft class."
  16. 22 points
    By far, our biggest mistake of the draft was not trading back into the 3rd round so we can hear Pat McAfee announce more picks
  17. 21 points
    Who the hell is Mel Kiper?? If this is his favorite class then that’s not a good sign...
  18. 21 points
    Don’t know if you all saw this. Darius Leonard and his wife had a baby girl named Mia a couple of weeks ago.
  19. 20 points
    Chris Ballard is the guest writer this week filling in for Peter King, and pens a great read on Football Morning in America called "Scouting and the power of Sundays." He goes through how they scout, what they look for, and provides a lot of special stories about players, fans and how it all comes together on Sundays. A long article, but really a good read. If you want to get to know more about Ballard, and his approach to football and life, take the time and read it. We are very lucky to have him as our GM! Link Below: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/07/08/chris-ballard-colts-scouting-draft-nfl-fmia-peter-king/
  20. 20 points
    You seem like an individual who could win the $20 million lottery but then complain that there were 2 winners and you only received $10 million each.
  21. 19 points
    He told me he would be off line for a while to deal with some health issues. Hoped to be back here for the start of the regular season
  22. 19 points
    Here's a thread for posterity... so you guys can make fun of me when the games start or in several years when all I wrote here might be proved wrong. Trade #26 for #46 and future 2nd round pick: it seems like Ballard didn't love any player enough(or had players with redflags - Sweat? on the board) to pass on the value provided by this trade and by any reasonable estimation of the value received back this trade is a win. Grade: A #34 Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple: I've been on this bandwagon all off-season - Ballard wanted to reinforce the secondary and he also said that he liked the value of both CB and S in the 2nd-3d round in one of his pre-draft media appearances. About the player - I personally had him ranked a bit lower(in the 50s of my board) but I understand why Ballard likes him and what he sees in him - he's a physical corner who tackles well and he also plays press man well - something Ballard said we will be looking to do more of in the following years. I still want to see how he does with his instincts in zone, but I think overall it's a solid pick. I had several CBs on the board that I preferred to Ya-Sin so this is reflected in the grade. Grade: B- Trade #46 for #49 and #144: Again solid value received for trading down just 3 spots. Grade: A #49 Ben Banogu, DE/OLB TCU - athletic freak, with tons of physical potential and good production in college, but extremely raw technically. He said it himself in an interview - they did very little pass-rushing technique teaching in TCU and he was told to just go get the QB. A lot of his production came on stunts and loops and QB scrambles. Very few pure wins one-on-one vs OT. He plays physical and seems to sort through the trash on his stunts well(this will serve well for him if he plays in the SAM role - what Ballard suggested he will do to start off his career). I don't mind betting on the athletic profile and trying to develop him with time. I would expect him to get about 100% of the snaps at SAM(about 30-35% of all the snaps) and about 10-15% more as a pass-rusher on passing downs. Overall if he plays in about half the snaps in his rookie year, this would be a good output IMO. I had him ranked in the 70s on my board and had several other DEs ranked ahead of him, so this is reflected in the grade. Grade: B- #59 Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State - I love this pick. I started the year not loving his profile... I couldn't get past the fact that he was lined up about 100% of the time in the slot or was used as a gadget player on sweeps and screens, etc. But the more I watched the more I couldn't ignore the playmaking ability. I think he's spectacular with the ball in his hands - he makes people miss and once he beats you, you stay beaten. His speed is just too much to handle. He is a YAC monster which is something we desperately needed on the roster. He will need some production manufactured for him to start his career, but IMO this type of player is a test for your offensive playcallers - if you cannot make Parris Campbell into an offensive weapon to be feared, you probably are not a great scheme creator/caller. I loved how excited Reich was about this pick... to me it shows that he cannot wait to get his hands on him and he realizes that this is more than just a receiver... this is a player that can be a game breaker for you. Reports are that he surprised evaluators at the combine with the way he was running routes that were not simple slants so he might have even more upside with time and refining his outside game. Campbell was ranked no. 32 on my personal board so this and my love for the fit of this pick is reflected in my grade Grade: A+ #89 Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford - I love this pick. The comparisons with Darius Leonard are a bit bold, but I'm comparing them as players coming out of college, rather than as what I expect from Okereke - his physical profile is similar to Leonards - long and fast, sideline to sideline ability. Great movement ability overall. Great playmaking ability. Again - similar to Leonard - Okereke filled the stat sheet in college too - 96 tackles, 7.5TFL, 3.5 sacks, 5PD, 2 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble recovered in his last season. He just makes plays. I don't know if this will happen year 1, but I absolutely expect him to oust Walker and be Leonard's long-term LB-partner for the years to come. I had Okereke ranked 77 on my board, I love the player and I love the fit - and this is reflected in my grade: Grade: A Trade #129 and #135 for #109 and selecting Khari Willis, SS, Michigan State: I don't love the value of the trade and I don't love the player we picked. I realize that Ballard probably had him ranked very high since he traded up 20 spots to get him, but right now I am not convinced he will be able to play any time soon. I see people preparing him to start instead of Gaethers and I can't say I see what they are seeing. He looks physical, and has good frame but he somehow still looks smallish to me. Doesn't seem very rangy and athletic. He doesn't miss many tackles, but ball carriers usually drags him for several yards after contact. In a weird way I kind of like his coverage skills better than his run defense. He looks sticky in coverage, but he grabs a bit, IMO because he knows he lacks the speed... not sure he will be able to get away with it in the league. Reads the eyes of the QB well in zone but I cannot say he has great ball-skills. I didn't have him ranked before the draft, but watching him after the draft I would have had him ranked after Marvell Tell who I had as an early 4th. I think he's solid but unspectacular. This might bite me in the butt, but I don't see him as anything more than a depth piece at this point. Overall I don't see the appeal, at least not enough to give up 2 4th round picks to move up and get him. Grade: D- #144 Marvell Tell, S/CB, USC - I like this pick. Reportedly Ballard wants us to try him at CB first and this makes sense. He was one of the players I highlighted as potential conversion candidates pre-draft. His size and extremely smooth and effortless movement lends itself into playing more CB than safety. He has the desire to tackle, but his slight frame(for a safety) didn't help with it. In the 5th round, IMO this is a great shot to take at a developmental prospect with great traits and athleticism. I had him ranked as an early 4th prospect so this is reflected in the grade. Grade: A #164 EJ Speed, linebacker, Tarleton State - there's only one game tape of him on the nets and half of it is played in a snowstorm. I refuse to give him a grade based on that, but he seems to fit the mold that Ballard likes - long, athletic, rangy, great movement player with special closing speed and playmaking ability. Grade: N/A #199 Gerri Green, DE, Mississippi State - great burst off the snap, raw... not many pass-rush moves, no pass-rush plan, has trouble disengaging. Shows OK strength in keeping the edge and rarely in his bullrush. I don't see it with him - I'd be shocked if he makes the team. We have too much depth at the DE spot + I had multiple DEs available ranked higher than him. Grade: D #240 Jackson Barton, OT, Utah - solid kick step in pass protection, but lacks balance due to playing too upright and his punch doesn't land consistently, sloppy in the run game. OK shot for OL-depth in the 7th round. Grade B- 246 Javon Paterson, OG/OC, Ole Miss - Versatility is his calling card. Has played both guard and center. Looks athletic and has good movement on pulls. Not great technique in pass-protection, defenders beat him to his freame, sometimes leans forward a bit. OK shot at OL depth late in the draft. Grade: B- Overall thoughts: I love what Ballard is doing with this roster. I love that he trades back when he sees value in acquiring additional high end picks and doing it not just for the current year but thinking forward for following drafts. The analytics is firmly with him in this case - we are getting great value on those trades. No team is much better than the rest in the draft so more shots high in the draft give you more chances to hit on players. I love that Ballard obviously has a type of player he likes and as others have pointed out he loves length and he loves athleticism and speed in this defenders. I might not love every player drafted, but at least I know there is a plan for the players we drafted. We don't draft players with the thought "just get him here and we'll figure out what to do with him". There is a vision for where this roster is going and there is a vision for where the players drafted will fit. Overall I like the draft and I thought we created competition on several key spots and some of the players we drafted have the required athleticism for us to hope they will develop in more than just rotational players(Banogu, Rock, Okereke, Campbell, Tell). Worth pointing out - the value of this draft has not been exhausted yet - we still have another second round pick to make next year thanks to the trade on day 1 of this draft. Overall Grade of the draft: B... very solid with potential for extra credit from next year's acquired 2nd round pick.
  23. 19 points
    In episode 5 they show parts of the draft and parts of the pre-draft process talking about the players they wanted. The eay they talked they acted as if Rock, Banogu, Parris and Okereke were stacked in order and they were supremely excited when their plan fell into place.... Additionally, they seemed to have specifically targeted Speed, Green and Willis as well prior to the draft. I find this uncanny that they were specific targets and they landed with us perfectly. On top of that, the video is pretty cool too! Irsay had this to say as well.... "Chris Ballard has done an incredible job, as usual,” Irsay said following the draft. “You can see it in every fiber of his body that he knows these guys. He knows what he’s doing. He’s not overconfident, but he is extremely talented, almost to the level of a savant in the draft room.” Ballard does treat draft weekend as a scientist. He accounts for every variable and every potential outcome in order to be best prepared for whatever the three-day event throws at him and his executives. Uncanny......Savant......good words to describe what he's done in 2 years time!
  24. 19 points
    This man gets it....and this is why our culture is amazing!
  25. 19 points
    Way too many people like this pick. We're screwed.
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    Ballard's line about... "we're not building a team to match up with others, we're building a team for them to match up with us." Was brilliant.
  28. 19 points
    . The average age of the current roster: 25.2 Average experience of current roster: 3.2 Without AV's 46 years and 23 years.... Age: 24.8 & Experience: 2.9 For an 10-6 and 1-1 team with Rookie HC and coordinators and a 2nd year GM that is pretty spectacular. ****************************************** Carroll Phillips and Jihad Ward both played at Illinois and were coached by Phair ****************************************** Carroll Phillips and Ahmad Thomas won state football championships together in Miami in High School ****************************************** Antonio Garcia, after being a 3rd Round Pick (with lots of accolades) of the Patriots, was released after being diagnosed with blood cl.ots in his lungs and dropping 40 pounds. Fully healthy now he COULD be the hier apparent to Castonzo. ****************************************** Al-Quadin Muhammad was a 4 star recruit at Miami and was suspended with then teammate Jermaine Grace (former Colt) and missed 2 years of college ball due to another suspension where he was falsley accused of an domestic altercation with a roomate - he was still drafted in the 6th round by the Saints on pure talent - redshirted even though he tore up the preseason twice - and Ballard scooped him up at cut down day. Theoretically he would now have his 4 years of college experience and I believe he will breakout candidate this year! ****************************************** Deon Cain and Marcus Johnson both started their college careers as quarterbacks until transitioning to wide receivers. We will reap those benefits. ****************************************** Jihad Ward is my other breakout candidate on the defensive line. He was always better suited for the UT position, and Eberflus surely saw that when he coached him at the Senior Bowl and with Dallas briefly, as does Phair his old college line coach. Now that he is in a position to use his natural abilities with us, I see 5-10 sack potential in him and he will be my second breakout candidate of the year. ****************************************** We have 6 tightends on the current roster, only one of which was drafted. Additionally, 2 were college bball players (Travis & Alie-Cox) and one was a wide receiver (Billy Brown). Very interesting and diverse backgrounds for the deepest TE room in the league. ****************************************** Lastly, while I will not have Cain or Fountain as breakout candidates (yet), but, I will say that they will contribute this year in the offense. Likely at the expense of Pascal and/or Rogers.
  29. 19 points
    I'm embarrassed with my post about Leanard. I was wrong and eating crow because the guy is looking real good.
  30. 18 points
    I can't believe I just wasted my time reading 11 pages of this nonsense. The most substantial thing to come out of this thread is the discussion about a QBs' "plant leg"... (which I believe is the left leg for a right-handed thrower, just like a right-handed pitcher, or soccer player - it's the leg that's planted in the ground during the throwing/kicking motion) because that discussion showed that @NewColtsFan and @Irish YJ agree on something! On a side-note: I'm not trying to be bossy, but... @Chloe6124 - this is not a "stream-of-consciousness" forum, the number of your pointless posts is through the roof and is becoming exhausting. No offense, just some food for thought. Please be considerate of your fellow members because we really don't want to read every thought that pops into your head. @threeflight - in the same vein as my advice to Chloe, this forum is not a dumping-ground for all your negative thoughts. If you want to vent your frustrations, fine, but when all we hear from you is the pessimistic stuff when things aren't all rainbows and sunshine, it becomes exhausting and annoying. Please be considerate of your fellow members, if you just need to get stuff off your chest, tell it to your pillow before you go to sleep at night.
  31. 18 points
    Actually, I think Colts fans are long accustomed to not winning in the preseason. To the point where when we do win people are like 'wow, we won one of those'
  32. 18 points
    First off, the Colts' "standard" uniforms are hands-down some of the best in the league. The all-white road uniforms are *the* best road unis in the league (in my humble opinion). All that said, the blue-on-blue look is also fantastic. They look great on TV. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing these again at some point this year. Blue on Blue by Andrew R., on Flickr
  33. 18 points
    In my 7 years here, I don't recall being more wrong than I have today. And I'm OK with it. I never think I know more than Ballard. I have complete trust in CB, and it would take a long string of failure for me to lose it. And I don't see that happening. As I've said before, he just oozes competence and professionalism. So glad he's our GM. But to all my mistakes. We can start at the beginning... for roughly 6 months I've been convinced we'd pick a DL in the first round, and for a fair amount of those months, I thought we'd double up and take another DL at pick 34. Wrong and Wrong! And I certainly never saw our first overall pick of the draft being a cornerback?! Cornerback?!? Wrong again! I guess Ballard's definition of "Premium position" is limited only to the first round. Ballard has now had 3 drafts and take a corner in the 2nd round twice. Can't be a coincidence. I would've thought that a top-50 pick would be premium. Wrong again! So, for those posters who I have pounded on, trust me, it will STOP from here on out. After R1, I guess anything is possible. At pick 49, I didn't see Ben Benogu going that high. And I posted here that I thought he'd play DE for us. And then the Colts called him an OLB. And Kevin Bowen said we talked to him about playing next to Darius Leonard. At his presser, Ballard said BB can play all 3 LB spots, plus DE and could even kick inside to DT. Called him a "rusher". They're very high on him. Tested as a top athlete for his size. At pick 59, I wasn't surprised we went WR. But I had no feel for whether we'd go tall like Butler, or small like Isabella, or someone in the middle? No idea. Ballard and Reich gushed over Parris. And, even as a Stanford fan, I confess to being surprised at Bobby Okereke going at pick 89. I posted in the last month or two, that I thought Bobby was a quality back-up, but wasn't sure he was a starter, especially for us since I think he'd play the same spot as Darius at WILL. I thought he might be a R4 or R5 guy. But tonight. CB says Okereke can play all three spots, which surprised me. Bobby has been mostly an under-achiever at Stanford. Even this year, his best, people were not wowed by him. He was listed at 6'3" and 235, and those close to the program chuckled all the time about that. They claimed he was neither that tall, nor that heavy. And then he showed up at the Combine and under 6'2", so he was shorter, but weighed 239. That shocked everyone. I'd guess he put on 8-12 pounds of good lean muscle after the season. That also surprised the Stanford community. He tested surprisingly well at the combine and pro day. And Ballard seems very high on him. Ballard talked tonight about adding, speed and athleticism. He and Frank seem very happy with their results. They gave no hints for tomorrow. I'm eating crow. A little garlic salt helps! Washing it down with water. Topping it off with some Humble Pie! Bon Appetite!
  34. 18 points
    It’s way too early for me to grade this draft. Last year it was easy for me to say Ballard hit it out of the park. Nelson and Leonard were primo players and perfect fits for what we do. Let’s be honest, this year we did not have the third overall pick in the draft, and it’s a completely different situation. I think we might have hit on some second tier talent. Although I think Rock and Parris are both possible tier 1 candidates. Time will tell. Not everyone is going to be an All Pro rookie. I think Rock and Parris both have a chance to start on Day 1. Rock is the press man corner we have been looking for. With him in the lineup, we’ll run more cover 1 and cover 3. I believe that is our long-term vision of this defense. If Parris starts opposite of TY then he will see some single coverage, and he could have a phenomenal year. I think we’ll experiment a lot with Ben, Bobby, EJ, and Gerri until we find out exactly where they fit best. We got some depth and competition in the secondary and along the offensive line. I think it’s important for fans to understand that we are no longer a team with glaring needs. Our entire approach to the draft has changed. We will be picking much later, and we will be developing draft picks for the future. There will be years when we don’t start a single rookie. But that will not mean we had a bad draft. It will just mean that we are no longer desperate. That’s when we will know we are doing it right.
  35. 18 points
    This is the only acceptable rationale for taking a RB in the first round this year.
  36. 18 points
    The Colts will probably be linked to half of the free agents on the market this week. There will be a lot of smoke, there probably won't be much actual fire.
  37. 17 points
    Not to sound mean but this post is stupid.
  38. 17 points
    Even though thats toilet paper to a billionaire . Much respect though from a cancer survivor. Re-mission 17 years.
  39. 17 points
    Just thought I'd throw out some appreciation for the newly freshened look of the Colts website, as well as the Forum, both look fantastic! Amber Derrow was hyping the new site launch over on Reddit yesterday, and as someone who works in the field of building websites, I was eager to see it go live. Good job to everyone involved!
  40. 17 points
    Always love listening to Bruce Arians...and in his intro at Tampa he was asked about defensive scheme. His response: "Your scheme is your personnel" Drafted players, coupled with comments from Ballard this weekend about the same gives indication that we won't be as vanilla on D as the Dungy Colts, and that we do intend to retain and/or build on the more aggressive elements we started to see the back half of the year. Banogu is the obvious bat signal here. Calling him a SAM and Rusher as Ballard did suggests potential for 4-3 under looks and ability to legitimately line up more than one way with the same personnel. Drafting a corner at 34 whose strength is in press not zone (along with commentary about Tell converting to CB) suggests we are going the same direction that the Cowboys went last year to take space away from receivers in coverage more often while retaining the skill to play zone against teams where that is a better match up (ie. Deshaun Watson) There was reason to be concerned early last year, but the indicators of playing modern football are starting to stack up...very happy about these indicators...
  41. 17 points
    Ballard was playing some chess today! We got an elite corner before the CB run began. Ballard squeezed an extra 5th out of our mid -2nd and took a solid DE. He beat the WR run and grabbed Campbell just in time. Then finished it off with a Darius Leonard clone! 6 picks tomorrow and an extra 2020 2nd round pick included with that and we are in great shape heading into tomorrow! The way Ballard sensed the CB and WR run was legendary! What a boss Ballard is!
  42. 17 points
    Good pick. Seriously though.. how great was Reggie Wayne!!
  43. 17 points
    THIS is one of the most outdated views on the draft. There is nothing value-wise that should make a future pick worth less than a current year's pick. If I were a GM I'd abuse old time GMs who think future picks are worth less than current year picks. I'd always pick future 2nd over current year 3d. Over the long-term this is a GOLD MINE of value. It is only worth less for GMs who have no job-security, because they might be getting good value for the next guy. We don't have that problem, Ballard has good job security and is making the good decisions for the long term success of the team. This trade was a great value by any chart you can find out there. I LOVE it... if we didn't love Sweat or Tillery that is...
  44. 17 points
    First off.... ths is NOT a mock. Just my 32 best players. I don't do mocks, but I try to rate the top talent. Very little film study. Mostly going by the evaluators I respect most. I've done as many as four rounds per year. But this year, as I did last year, I'll only do one. Life has too many obsticles in the way. As I always do, I break down the round into a top-10, a bottom-10, and a middle-12. I'm rarely satisfied getting the right names into the first round projection, I'm tryng to get them into the right third of a round. I've had as many as 28 of 32 right names and as few as 24. So.... here we go.... 1. Nick Bosa DE Ohio State He's rated for me equally with Q. Williams, but gets the nod for the top spot based on the importance of the position he plays, DE over DT. 2. Quinnen Williams DT Alabama Second String last year; 2nd overall pick this year. Has anyone comes so far; so fast? 3. Josh Allen Edge Kentucky Can play OLB in a 3-4 or a DE in a 4-3. Is he Kahlil Mack 2.0? 4. Devin White LB LSU Can reportedly play MLB or the Will. Athletic and powerful. 5. Ed Oliver DT Houston Been a roller coaster ride. Start of the year; top-5. Middle of the year; top-15. Wowed at the combine has him back in the top-10 and my top-5. 6. Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State 6'6" 260; nearly 36' arms; 10 1/2 hands; 36' vert; 125" broad; 7.0 3-cone, And he has very good tape. Wow! 7. Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma The size makes him Russell Wilson, but far, far more athletic. Scary athletic. Baker Mayfield's rookie year gives Murray even more credibility. May go 1st overall. 8. Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State Only one year as a starter. (Same with Murray) Always a big red flag. But he's a pocker passer. Pure arm talent. Are recent reports of dipping stock a smoke screen? 9. TJ Hockenson TE Iowa 6'5" 250 Best all around TE this year, and in the last few years. Comparison to Gronk may be somewhat overstated, but TJ is still a top-10 player. 10. Andre Dillard OT (LT) Washington State Consensus best LT in the draft, yet many have him 5-10 spots lower than I do. Whatever flaws he has are correctable. Positional value trumps all. 11. Devin Bush Will OLB Michigan Can also play MIKE, but some teams will view him as too small for the inside. Great athlete, great backer. And yet I often see him mocked lower. Not sure why? 12. Drew Lock QB Missouri Some say he has the best arm of this class. Others fear his 9" hands, well below average. Teams reportedly either love Lock, or are meh on him. 13. Jonah Williams OL Alabama Started for 3 years for Alabama. Played LT the last two years. He's 6'4", 302, and has 33 5/8" arms. Too small for LT at NFL level for some teams. But could play (start) any of the other 4 OL positions. He's that good. Many think he's the best OL in this draft. Not for me, but he's close. 14. Brian Burns DE/OLB Florida State One of my favorites this year. He and Sweat are what Ballard is looking for to be his RDE. Will Ballard trade up? Not likely, but we have reportedly shown considerable interest. 15. Jawan Taylor OT (RT) Florida Big and powerful. A pure right tackle and not a LT. Could play G if need be. His game is not finesse. You run hard behind guys like him. 16. Colin Ferrell DE Clemson He was top-10 eight to ten months ago. Not sure what he did wrong, but now I mostly seem him in the teen's or the 20's. But I think he's a RDE at the next level. 17. Jeff Simmons DT Mississippi State Can you believe Simmons and Sweat were on the same Bulldog Defensive Line?! Simmons has two strikes against him, otherwise, he'd be top-10, and perhaps even top-5. He blew up a knee in early February training for the combine. And 3 years ago, in high school, he beat up a girl who was reportedly bullying his sister. It's on videotape. Everyone says he was a good kid before the incident, and he's been perfect for the last 3 years since then. Saw a story this week saying everyone in the scouting community loves the kid and will back him as a great kid. Called a culture changer for your program. Jim Irsay, are you listening? Please? 18. Rashaan Gary DE/DT Michigan One of my least favorite players. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. Tremendous tools and mostly under-achieving tape. Where are the results? Teams will gamble on his great, raw, and mostly untapped talent. 19. Noah Font TE Iowa Font and Hockenson, the two top tight ends both on the same team. Nice for Iowa. If Hockenson is the pure tight end, then Font is the more receving option. He'd compare more to Ebron in style (minus the hands issue) 20. Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Measured smaller and heavier than expected at the combine. 6'3" and 315. Not 6'4" and 305. Does that scare anyone? Maybe. But he didn't test as well as expected. Does THAT scare anyone? Maybe. Read within the last week he's both a 3-tech AND now also a Nose Tackle. Hmm? Said by all to be great in the locker room. A natural team leader. A very Ballard-like guy. Been mocked well into the 20's for the better part of a month. Does he reach the Colts? 21. Cody Ford G/T Oklahoma Played at 340 this year, but showed up at the combine 10-12 pounds lighter. Can play both right tackle and inside at guard. But he's not a LT. 22. DK Metcalf WR Mississippi My first wide receiver appears. And I wouldn't be surprised if he falls to the 2nd round. Incredible body, incredible athlete EXCEPT, he's more a straight line runner with blazing speed. But he's not a sophisticaed rout runner. Runs a more limited rout treet. Raw. Needs polishing. Boom or bust? 23. Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma Some think he could've gone top-15 if not for a foot injury in early January. Very small. 5'9" and sub-170. Said to play bigger than his size. Compared favorably to DeSean Jackson. Can catch deep or take a short pass a long way. Field changer. Game changer. Good hands. 24. Greedy Williams CB LSU Best man corner in the draft. Tall and lean. Tested better than expected at the combine. Was thought to be possible top-10 pick eight to ten months ago. Stock has slipped by still a first round player for me. But not for everyone. 25. Demarcus Lawrence NT Clemson 6'4" 342 and that weight is down from his high in the 350's. Vince Wilfork 2.0? If he reaches us and we try to get him at 34, will New England let him get past them? Vince Wilfork 2.0! Some have questioned whether he's a scheme fit for the Colts. Said to be better in a 2-gap scheme, not our 1-gap. 26. Garrett Bradbury C North Carolina State Fast riser late in the draft process. Said to be the top center in what is reported to be a very good class of centers. 27. Johnathan Abram S Mississippi State Yet another stud defender from the 2018 Bulldog defense. He has supporters and detractors on ths website. But the Colts are reportedly high on him. Will they take a safety in the first round for 2nd time in Ballard's 3-years? Maybe. He'd be the strong to Hooker's free. 28. Chris Lindstrom G Boston College Could also slip into the top of the 2nd round. But I'm calling this the Quincy Nelson effect. You can improve your o-line with high quality guard play. Lindstrom reportedly tested through the roof at the combine. Advanced metrics off the chart. Scouts ran back to double check the tape. Colts said to be high on him too. 29. Deandre Baker CB Georgia High confident, highly competitive and highly successful corner. Has a fearless attitude. At 5'11" and 193, is he big enough to play outside? Or is he only an inside slot/nickle corner? Teams will differ on this. But he's an easy first round talent. 30. AJ Brown WR Mississippi A pro's pro. Not flashy, but he just gets the job done. I liken him to DeAndre Hopkins with Houston. The guy you want to look for on key 3rd downs. 31. Byron Murphy CB Washington Another corner with a lot of support on this website. He's another sub-6'0" corner who may only play in the slot. But he shutdown whoever he faced, so maybe he can play outside? Could slip into the 2nd round, but he's only my third corner on my board. Hard to see only two. 32. Chauncy Gardner-Johnson S Florida Just my second safety. If you don't like this choice, then pick someone else. But so far, only Abrams makes my list. And I don't see a draft with only one safety going in the first round. Some team will take another, and I picked CGJ for his all-around versatility. But it could be someone else. Close, but just missed: Josh Jacobs RB Alabama Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame kaleb McGary OT Washington Erick McCoy OL Tex A&M Dalton Risner OL Kansas St Parris Campbell WR Ohio State N'Keal Harry WR ASU Rapp/Savage/Adderly S Various schools Rock Ya Sin CB Temple Daniel Jones QB Duke (Will someone trade up to take him at the bottom of the first round? Entirely possible) OK..... there's my board.... feel free to vent and give me your opinions. Happy to hear from all... Thumbs up or down? Bring it! We're now inside a week.... the excitement grows! I'll have more posts & threads in the next 6 days..... Thanks for checking out my board.... NCF
  45. 17 points
    But let's talk about how awful Jim Irsay is...
  46. 17 points
  47. 16 points
    It's hard to take a dude with a manbun serious
  48. 16 points
    He said in the presser "You forget with the high character guys, there's a multiplier, what you put into them it comes out the other side that much better, other guys what you put into them is what you get, it doesn't multiply." Of course this isn't word for word, but you get the gist. That is what it's all about right there, that winning Colture. Ballard is building not only a championship roster, but the culture that's there is top notch, and it's gonna start paying dividends. Love it man, absolutely love it. Great time to be a Colts fan, enjoy the ride ladies and gentlemen, we've got some fun years ahead of us.
  49. 16 points
    Lmao... there's the door. Don't let it hit you on the way out.
  50. 16 points
    The moment no one was waiting for... Pre-combine, based on limited film viewing and research (although I've watched at least a little of every draft pick shown below). I plan to do another one after the combine, before free agency starts, but who knows if I'll have watched enough more film to do anything meaningful. I'm adding some players in free agency to address some needs and upgrade some positions, and I'm letting some guys walk because I'm adding a different player that I like better. Geathers and Inman are gone; I'm re-signing Desir and I get the feeling some will think my contract projection for him isn't reasonable, but my mock can survive without him. Trying to get two-deep across the board. I think the thinnest spot winds up being OL. Numbers from OTC and Spotrac: Colts cap standing: 2019 projected cap of $189m (7% increase from 2018), rollover of $49m from 2018 = adjusted cap of ~$239m. As of now, including the Glowinski and AV contracts, the Colts have $131.4m committed in 2019, cap space of $107.7m (committed $88m in 2020, projected cap of $200m). Releases: none Colts free agents: Glowinski, three years, $16.2m, cap hits $3.5m, $6.15m, $6.65m Vinatieri, one year, $3.875m Desir, two years, $9m, cap hits $4m, $5m Hunt, one year, $3m Webb, one year, $1.5m Grissom, one year, $805k Rhodes, ERFA tender, one year, $645k Hewitt, one year, $805k Moore, one year, $900k Boehm, tender, $2.035m Milton, one year, $900k Farley, tender, $2.035m Travis, one year, $900k Rogers, tender, $2.035m Martin, tender, $645k Johnson, tender, $645k Geathers -- FA Inman -- FA Grant -- FA Woods -- FA Mitchell -- FA Wilcox -- FA Slauson -- retired > Added $20.2m to 2019 cap (approx $9.5m guaranteed), added $10m to 2020 cap (none guaranteed) >> New cap position in 2019 -- $144m committed, remaining cap space of approx $95m Free agent additions: Adrian Phillips, four years, $27.5m, $10m guaranteed (none in year 2), cap hits of $6.25m, 6.25m, 7.25m, 7.75m; starting SS, plays well in the box, nickel pass coverage, can play man, good tackler/run support, instinctive, good range on the back end Trey Flowers, five years, $87m ($17.4m/year), $50m guaranteed, $16.4m, 17.4m, 17.4m, 17.4m, 18.4m; edge rusher who lines up and plays effectively everywhere, gets a ton of QB pressures, only 26 next season so conceivably has more to show, just as good in run defense; paying a premium for a player I think is the best fit at a premium position Steven Nelson, three years, $24m, $9m guaranteed, cap hits of $7m, $8m, $9m; starting CB who can play man and zone, better in zone, feisty and competitive, good in run support, has enough quickness to play inside if necessary Cameron Fleming, two years, $7m, $1m guaranteed, cap hits $3.5m each; swing tackle, competition, depth, upside Adam Humphries, four years, $37m, 11.5m guaranteed, cap hits of $8.5m, $9m, $9.5m, $10m; starting wide receiver, good YAC receiver, gets separation quickly, makes tacklers miss Bryce Hager, one year, $1.2m; depth LB with range and quickness, decent tackler, special teamer Draft pool, approx $8m in 2019 > Added $51.9m to 2019 cap, approx $49m to 2020 cap (approx $20m guaranteed, including draft pool) >> New cap position in 2019 -- $196m committed (total), remaining cap space approx $48m >>> Committed $146m in 2020, rolling approx $35-40m from 2019, estimated cap space $88m Draft (conflicting info on the actual draft spots, especially past the third round, so I might be off by one here and there): 1/26 -- Deionte Thompson, Alabama, safety/dime defender, rangy, ball skills, aggressive tackler, capable in single high or in the box against TEs, allows for versatile usage of Hooker and other safeties, high ceiling prospect who probably slides out of the top 20 due to a recent, minor injury 2/34 -- Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State, DT, three tech, versatility and athleticism to play multiple spots, mostly an interior rusher who needs work to become an every down player, but can have an immediate impact if used in the right packages 2/59 -- Riley Ridley, Georgia, WR, good ball catcher, strong route runner, good after catch, good size and enough speed to make, can be new possession receiver and scoring threat 3-90 -- Vosean Joseph, Florida, ILB, rangy, athletic, can hit, needs refinement in all areas but has the tools and shows ability to perform on tape, easy fit for our defense 4/129 -- Josh Oliver, San Jose State, TE, good route runner, athletic pass catcher, capable blocker, I feel like he would be a second rounder in another draft, but this draft is loaded with TEs and I view him as a steal with the potential to be a high level player in the NFL 4/135 -- Elijah Holyfield, Georgia, RB, prototypical prospect for every down back in the NFL, big, strong, has athleticism to get to the second level, finishes well, needs work as a receiver and blocker 5/165 -- Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, edge, good production with 10 sacks as a junior, two serious injuries in the past but was solid in 2018, has good traits as a versatile defender with athleticism and length, needs technical work but has the tools to be a good DE 6/198 -- Derrick Baity, Kentucky, CB, long, decent athlete, plays the ball and makes plays in zone coverage 7/241 -- Garrett Brumfield, G, LSU, good movement and range as an interior blocker, feisty and eager to finish, refinement needed with hands and balance, but fits the new Colts OL mindset Depth chart (draft picks in bold, FA additions in italics, injury returns underlined) QB -- Luck, Brissett, Walker RB -- Mack, Hines, Wilkins, Holyfield WR -- Hilton, Humphries, Rogers, Cain, Ridley, Fountain, Pascal TE -- Doyle, Ebron, Oliver, Hewitt, Cox, Travis LT -- AC, Fleming, Garcia LG -- Nelson, Brumfield C -- Kelly, Boehm, Andrews RG -- Glowinski, Haeg RT -- Smith, Webb, Clark DT -- Autry, Hunt, Jones, Ridgeway, Stewart, Ward DE -- Flowers, Sheard, Lewis, Turay, Muhammed, Brailford, Grissom LB -- Leonard, Walker, Joseph, Franklin, Adams, Hager, S. Moore, Thomas CB -- Desir, Nelson, Wilson, K. Moore, Collins, Baity, Milton, Hairston S -- Hooker, Phillips, Thompson, Farley, Odum, Milligan K -- Vinatieri P -- Sanchez LS -- Rhodes Whatchu think?? GO COLTS!
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