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  1. Being a NY native who adopted the Colts during the Harbaugh years, I'll never be the rabid fan that some of you are, so I appreciate the tremendous wealth of knowledge you bring to these message boards. I just saw the news of Ballard's award. It surprises me none. As a draft fanatic and semi-pro Fantasy Football player, I've enjoyed unprecedented access to the Colts process... a luxury not afforded to any other team in the league. This was my thought exactly. I consider the Andrew Luck saga to be a Greek tragedy. I can't hate on luck, and hating on anyone else won't get me a step closer to closure or happiness. The one thing I can hang my hat on is that we have the MVP of the League as it relates to GMs, a notion that I believe will be reinforced when this year's rookies finally hit the field. Nobody has more influence over the fate of a ball club than the GM, other than possibly the owner. That's why I chose to highlight CBE's quote. With Ballard at the helm, Irsay doesn't feel the need to be the show, and let's pray it stays that way regardless of year-to-year success. Ballard is the quintessential goose that lays the golden egg and we'd be smart to keep that goose around. Ballard is only 51 and his star is still rising. Previous administrations felt like that scene on Fight Club where Edward Norton's character is riding shotgun and Tyler Durdan takes his hand off the wheel to let fate take them where it may. Please do whatever it takes to keep him around. Chris Ballard does not strike me as the type of guy to win a couple of awards and then bolt for a larger market and a few more mil. Still, I'd give him whatever he wants, because HE is the future of the Colts. One man's opinion. Thanks for reading. Go Colts!
  2. I really haven't followed the guy but I can't believe it's been that long since he was drafted. I suppose it would be a Ballardesque cap-friendly move. I still want our value back from the life and times of Jerry Hughes.
  3. There were several good drafts. What was most fascinating was seeing the individual strategies play out and understanding the short and long-term visions of GMs both old and new. NFL rookie head coach Matt Rhule smashes it with 7 great picks... all on defense Howie Roseman silently announces to a baffled world that he's ahead of the curve on quarterback grooming strategy. Dave Caldwell quietly had a great draft despite not being able to unload Ngakoue and Fournette. Jerry Jones, of all people, sticks to his board. Tom Telesco has the 17 remaining Chargers fans excited about a post-Rivers world. The Ravens do what you do in Fantasy Football when you can can pick your own draft slot: Go all the way near the back, to 11 or 13, and let everyone else in front of you make poor choices. I was a teacher for 11 years. I'm a professional poor choice observer. Bill Belichik drafted like his dog was making the picks. At least that's what NFL "analysts" are saying and will continue to say for the next couple years until this year's class wins the SB again on their 5th year option. Which of those outcomes will be closer to the truth? Perhaps I'm biased, but I don't see anyone else having a better draft than the Colts: Tampa isn't the only team who landed a HOF QB. We got a Top-3 three tech defender with our 13th pick and got to call our own shot in doing it. We got a starting RB and WR to complete a stunning offensive overhaul... and yes, we got a G. Ballard trades both up and down, getting the guys he wants... including a developmental QB. Starting with 8 picks, we end up with 9 players not counting Buckner. Finally, we sign K Rodrigo Blankenship, who could have gone in round 6 as the #1 prospect. So we pretty much got 11 players, some of whom were hand picked without waiting in line. That's to go with an obscene FA haul. This team went from "Club at a Crossroads" to "Ballin' for the 'Bowl" in like 49 days. Who, not named Tampa, did better than that? It was a rock star draft with some rock star GMs... AND WE'VE GOT ONE OF 'EM!
  4. Wow. How many teams ever get to pick 3 in a row? I really love this because not only does Indy get 3 straight where nobody can take your "guy" in between, but since there's no 7 rounders Ballard & Co. can immediately get the jump on the UDFA process. This is gold.
  5. It's criminal not to have a stud behind a line this good. It's terrific to have a feared running game, especially when starting an older, physically declining QB. The move for Jonathan Taylor addresses our needs for both an elite run game (as Ballard/Reich have stated before) and to mitigate Rivers' physical limitations down the stretch.
  6. An answer to that headache: Pittman had 2 drops on 140 targets in 2019. That's like having Jason Kidd shoot your free throws.
  7. There are plenty of good linemen left. Do not be surprised to see Guard and/or Center addressed in 3 and 4.
  8. I feel like there may be an amazing deal on a Guard coming up tonight. At present time ZERO guards have gone off the board.
  9. Win-now mode is def in full effect. When you spend your first 2 picks on a perfect-fit WR2 and a franchise RB it's a full commitment. We may have been able to move down for Pittman, but with Higgins starting the waterfall there was no way to know how that would have gone down. Taylor was absolutely worth the move-up in that spot. You could almost hear Doug Marrone do the Homer Simpson "DOH!" when Indy's pick came in. Instead of Taylor shredding us for the next 5 years, he'll be dishing it out on our behalf.
  10. Jonathan Taylor was maybe the best pass-catching complete RB prospect in the draft. The best part is that Ballard just skunked the division rival Jags, who were very likely to have selected Taylor to replace Lazy Leonard Fournette. New offense for Rivers and Indy, brutal start for JAX today.
  11. I think we dodged a bullet with Tee Higgins. I'm glad the Bengals were there to make the incorrect decision.
  12. Unless Ballard thinks Indy will be the support system he needs, I don't really see Tee Higgins as being the right character fit for this team. Ballard only has to find 1 guy he really likes from over 100 WR prospects. It could be KJ Hill in the 4th round or Stephen Guidry in the 7th. I don't think we NEED to take a WR tonight. 100% of the Guards are still on the board, so if we take one early you can rest assured he was "our guy." I have a feeling that Jaylon Johnson will be one of our picks. He has the ability to cover the slot, giving us 3 corners who can all provide that coverage along with Kenny Moore and TJ Carrie. I also think Jeremy Chinn is in the conversation despite McKinney being out there. All of the Centers except Ruiz are still out there and Ryan Kelly will be very expensive the rest of the way. Too bad we couldn't have swung a deal with New Orleans for him. Getting a 3rd round starter to save you about $10 mil/yr sounds pretty good.
  13. Don't worry. There will likely be a QB prospect somewhere in the mix. Having Rivers and Brissett there just makes it easier to take a flyer on a project. At least the Packers were willing to give up more of their future plus the rest of Rodgers' career on Jordan Love. I wonder what the living room sounded like at A-A-ron's place last night.
  14. Wow. There are several players available at positions of need for the Colts tomorrow. There's a load of DBs, including the entire group of safeties. Zero G and all but one Center are available. Josh Jones is one of many starter-caliber tackles still on the market. I'm guessing Ballard will trade down from 34 and still get his guy, whomever that may be.
  15. Really all Ballard needs to do is call up Bill O'Brien and by the time Cinci is on the clock we'll have a 2022 first rounder and 2020 fourth rounder in exchange for Mark Glowinski and a pack of designer dust masks. Remember on Die Hard when Hans says, "You ask for a miracle, I give you the F...B...I" ??? Well Bill O'Brien is the proverbial F...B...I.
  16. Best part of this thread: In the end we find out that today's timely release about Indy moving up was nothing more than Chris Ballard doing due diligence... and manipulating team perception.
  17. Miami could potentially trade up to 3 without giving up any 2020 first rounders, including 5. If they were to sit tight at 5 and draft Tua there, they would be looking to float 18 and 26 to move up for at top tackle to protect him. I could see them being that aggressive, especially considering they dealt Tunsil and need to answer that call.
  18. Not sure. I would agree with the above that now it would be a 3rd day flyer. Ballard always talks about getting as many swings at the plate as you can when it comes to draft picks. I wonder if he might take 2 swings at WR this year.
  19. I don't think our current situation really warrants having to go get Jordan Love. Rivers is the starter this year and probably next year too if things go well. Ballard may still think Brissett is enough to win with the ridiculous defense being built right now. I believe Ballard was being absolutely honest when discussing the whole "don't force the QB" narrative. While it's nice to have an elite QB, it's not always necessary to win a title if the pieces around you are good enough. Manning and Brady have both won titles despite themselves in recent years. It happens. I could see us keeping Rivers and Brissett for the next couple years, while drafting a mid to late round flier and UDFAs until he finds one he likes. I don't see there being a rush and neither does Ballard. He always has the vision to know what we need right now, regardless of what appears on the surface today.
  20. I think that's the point. He hasn't been terrific in Indy but you can still get good value based on his original billing plus the fact that he's never played anywhere else. All it takes is one GM who thinks he'd be a great fit and magic could take place. Looking at the draft's QB landscape and overall talent pool, Ballard is likely arming himself with enough options to move up or down any round in case the right opportunity presents itself.
  21. The price for Jamal Adams can simply be called "Too expensive" and that's pretty much the end of that. This isn't a funnel defense where your safety is the cornerstone of the DEF. Safety value is depressed, as evidenced by guys like Eric Reid and Tre Boston being unemployed going into a season. Eric Berry is still a possibility, along with several draft options at both box and FS. Any move for Adams would come after the draft, but I don't see it as necessary. Besides, he's been with the Jets. He's damaged goods LOL.
  22. There is no TE in this year's class who should illicit the "G" word. That's just crazy talk until he starts grabbing contested TDs in double coverage and throwing people out of the club. Glad we got that over with. That being said, the TE run will start somewhere in the 2nd round where we have 2 picks at present time. Ballard could opt for Adam Trautman if he doesn't like his other options at 34 or 44 (34 probably a little early). I like the idea of a local product coming on and developing into a good player, but I don't have any illusions about finding a pro bowl TE in this draft. I'd be less surprised to see Ballard take a player like C Cesar Ruiz at 34 than whoever he thinks is the best TE at that point.
  23. IMO this is just due diligence and Ballard being prepared as possible for draft day. Malik Hooker is a good player who's also good at taking the ball away. I said good there twice because at no time has he truly lived up to the original billing. Maybe it's scheme, maybe it's something else. Either way, he's probably more valuable as a high-potential trade option at this point. There will be a few teams out there who think he's a great fit and that's all it takes. I've done over 100 OTC mocks and one thing I consistently see is Safety talent available particularly at the top of the 2nd round and through the 3rd. There's plenty of talent right in our 2nd round wheelhouse and it would be very easy to take a guy like McKinney, Winfield, or Chinn as the BPA. Chinn is more of a box safety, which would not affect Hooker... but that's beside the point. I think at this point you may be more likely to get better draft capital than better play from Malik... and this would be the draft to do it. One of the posters here made a good point about uncertainty with the 2020 College FB season. Right now every GM knows what they've got coming out of the college ranks. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.
  24. Considering the two GMs in question have already pulled off the blockbuster of the entire offseason, it's not out of the realm of possibility.
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