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  1. He is very well refined as a pass rusher. Has alot of quickness too for a big enough DT. Sometimes though when I watch him, I think he is a bit too much finesse and not enough raw power and explosiveness. But when he is given a 1v1 match up in the 3T position, he causes alot of problems with his quickness and hands. He is a very good prospect imo.
  2. I see both sides of the argument. And I want to say that there is perfect legitimacy in both sides. The selfish side of me, living on the other side of the Atlantic, is really excited about the Colts coming over to play in London. I will go again, like I did in 2016 and be delighted. But I also appreciate that it is the fans that make a franchise. And the Jags taking away their 2 opportunities for their fans (who invest alot in their team) to see them play at home is unfair in my view.
  3. I taught I'd do one of these, I've been following the draft process now for a couple of months and have a few ideas. I'll try to keep it as realistic as possible. Cap Space: $93,807,524 (Spotrac) Re-signed Free Agents: Anthony Castonzo - 4 years $56m ($40m guaranteed (4th highest paid LT)) Devin Funchess - 1 year $6m Joe Haeg - 3 years $12m ($8m guaranteed) Josh Andrews - 3 years $10m ($6m guaranteed) Le'Raven Clark - 2 years $5m ($3m guaranteed) Daurice Fountain - 1 year $700k Cuts: Margus Hunt - $4m Pre Free Agency Cap Space: $67,307,524 Free Agent Signings: Byron Jones (DAL) - 4 years $56m ($40m guaranteed (6th highest paid CB)) Jones gets a similar contract to Kyle Fuller. I think Jones is worth the investment. He is a perfect fit to Matt Eburflus' defensive scheme. With Desir being banged up all of last year and Wilson out of favor, the Colts are light on outside corners in a defense that doesn't produce great pass rush. Hunter Henry (LAR) - 3 years $24m ($20m guaranteed) Colts need a good TE that is best in space, but also is a willing blocker with Reich being committed to the run. Henry is a good fit for the Colts and will give Reich a nice TE tandem in Doyle and Henry. Jordan Phillips (BUF) - 3 years $21m ($10m guaranteed) While Phillips is a bit of a one season wonder, getting 9.5 sacks in 2019 was still quite something. He is 6'6, 342lbs and is a perfect fit for the nose tackle in the Colts defense that can generate interior pressure. I think we should take a chance on him. Pre NFL Draft Cap Space: $38,307,524 NFL Draft Here is what i did on the Draft Network site: Round 1 - Pick 13: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State While I'm not as high on Love as others on this site, I do think there are enough tools to work with Love for him to be a franchise QB. I think if the Colts draft him, Reich will still have Brissett as the QB1 next year. Love has alot of work to do on decision making and going through his progressions. But he is a wonderful playmaker, that throws with excellent touch and can use his feet well. Round 2 - Pick 34: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State I accept he could be taken at the end of round 1, but the talk among NFL scouts in Mobile was that he was a raw 2nd round prospect. YGM is a player with great H/W/S traits but is still a very raw pass rusher. However, I see him with his size as Sheard's replacement at left DE, given he is a good run defender with a big tackle radius. Round 2 - Pick 44: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU I like Blacklock, he has had his injury problems, but he is a good player. While his production has been modest at TCU, he mostly lined up at zero taking on double teams. He shows good anchor against the run and has good hands in generating interior pressure. I think in our gap penetrating scheme, he could excellent at 3 tech will his size and hands. Round 3 - Pick 75: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Mims rose on everyone's board in the senior bowl. He has great size at 6'3, great contested catch ability and has a track background. What he impressed the most at the senior bowl was his route-running. I think the Colts need two receivers this offseason. A physical boundary receiver and someone who can stretch the field. Funchess is re-signed to be the former and Mims will give the Colts a legit deep thread on the outside. Round 4 - Pick 122: Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis People probably won't see RB as much of a need, and I don't either, but I just love watching this kid play. A true explosive playmaker. Ballard said that getting explosive playmakers does't just mean at the WR position. Gibson will convert from a WR to a RB, but he has good size at 6'1 and 221lbs to play the position. He has a great senior bowl too. I think he will be taken in the draft around here similar to Jalyen Samuels, Nyheim Hines and Tony Pollard. Round 5 - Pick 142: Julian Blackmon, S, UCF Blackmon is a converted CB that has made the transition well demonstrating good tackling at the position. I think one of the needs for the Colts is getting a good coverage safety that can cover tight-ends as Wilson doesn't seem to be able to make the team any more. Round 6 BPA Round 7 BPA Total Spent on NFL Draft Signings = $12m Final Cap Space: $26,307,524 Roster (may be forgetting someone): Offense - QB - Brissett, Love RB - Mack, Hines, Gibson, Wilkins WR - TY, Funchess, Campbell, Mims, Pascal, Fountain TE - Doyle, Henry, Allie-Cox T - Castanzo, Smith, Clark G - Nelson, Glowinski, Haeg, Patterson C - Kelly, Andrews Defense- LDE - Gross-Matos, Lewis, Muhammad DT - Autry, Blacklock NT - Phillips, Steward RDE - Houston, Turay, Banogu SAM - Okereke, Adams MIKE - Walker, Franklin WILL - Leonard, Speed CB - Jones, Desir, Ya-Sin, Tell, Wilson Nickle - Moore S - Hooker, Willis, Odum, Blackmon Special Teams: LS - Rhodes K - McLaughlin P - Sanchez Overall, on offense, I tried to fix the passing game by signing Funchess and Henry and then drafting Love and Mims to help give Reich more depth and a better assortment of recivers. On defense, I think by bring in Phillips, Blacklock and Gross-Matos, it will upgrade the d-line and give us more pass rush. Also Jones will be a big help in the secondary. Let me know your taughts please, thanks for reading! CO
  4. Good write up. Im not enamoured with him either. Nearly all of his good tape comes when he is in the slot against off coverage when the defender is standing like 10 yards back. I dont know can he play physical and have the release and quickness to consistently win in the NFL on the boundary. I think he will be a solid slot reciever but we already have Hilton and Campbell who play there. We need someone who can win on the outside.
  5. That's very true. He is the ultimate hoarder of picks lol. Of the 5 teams that have played in the last 3 Superbowls, the Rams, Eagles and Chiefs all gave up 1st round picks to get their QB. If you want a franchise QB, you usually have to tank or give up a premium. No doubt the decision is the pivotal moment of Chris Ballard's career.
  6. I agree, as well as that, I think his personality would be perfect for Reich. He is a super smart guy (academic All American) and seems very coach-able. I think he is the type Frank would enjoy working with. Not that I'm not high on players like Jordan Love or Anthony Gordan, but I think if Ballard believes Herbert is a franchise talent, then he has to probably cut a deal with the Giants to move above the Chargers. It could hurt us in the short term, giving up alot of picks, but getting a franchise QB is everything.
  7. I really like him too. I'm a big fan. I wrote a little about him on the Senior Bowl thread. The guy is an absolute artist of a route runner. He is having a strong Senior Bowl so far, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in the game. Its hard to gauge where he will go in the draft but he is definitely rising. His two biggest knocks is that he will be 24 by the start of next season and his production in college. But I think he is a really good WR. I would love to get him in the 3rd round for example. Finally here is his tape against LSU where he consistently beat Derrick Stingley.
  8. I feel like the combine will tell alot. I think he will only run in the mid 4.5s. He doesn't have great long speed. Im not sure about his short area quickness either, he flashes quickness in and out of his breaks in space when he is allowed a free release, but he often struggles to separate against press man. He does have great size and catch radius though. He is a tricky evaluation, he has so much production, but alot of it is against unranked teams. I can see why he could fall out of the first, in a deep WR class.
  9. I think this is quite interesting from Matt Miller.
  10. Van Jefferson is an interesting prospect. He is a really savvy route runner and has alot of quickness. He has alot of polish. He has an excellent tape versus LSU this year, especially hen he lined up on Stingley. But he is a bit limited physically and probably doesn't have top speed. He is also going to be 24 this summer.
  11. From watching the drills, Austin Mack is very quick in and out of his breaks. But he has had a few drops which don't look good. Neville Gallimore is having a good week too. After Jordan Love, he seems to be the second most mocked person to us, usually with the 34th pick. He seems like a Ballard kind of guy, a tough, hardworking, intelligent leader. Reminds me a little of Christian Wilkins. He is a little short but he has great hands and plays with good technique. I can see Ballard picking him with the 34th pick.
  12. The Draft Network has added a trade feature alloing you to move up the draft board. Its only for premium users though and im not sure how realistic it is.
  13. I really liked your offseason stitches. Raegor is one of my favorite players in the draft. I think he is exactly the boundary receiver we need to make explosive plays down the field, which is a huge need for us imo. Only thing for me is if you sign Lawson, I don't see the need to re-sign Sheard (I think Lewis with be at LDE going forward), but overall I'd be delighted with this offseason and its realistic.
  14. I quite like Grover tbh. He has developed into a solid NT. I'd prefer to draft an NT in the mid rounds for competition/rotation with Grover. Or go the vet route like we did with Al Woods. I think Reader will cost about $10m/year. I'd prefer to use that money on a WR, DT, DE or TE.
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