off topic but what caught my eye was the time this was posted and I was like dang someone cant get too sleep (2 A.M Indiana time) then I saw it was you and if I recall correctly you're out on the west coast like Cali right?
The two prevailing points in my thinking is in the context of using current performance to judge Ballard against a GM who racked up 20 years of top-notch team management.
The short answer is obvious, of course Ballard can have the same career success as Polian...anybody can....but we won't know for probably at least 12 years.
There were two facts brought out in the thread, not necessarily your comment, that I wanted to lift up regarding measuring Ballard's performance so far.
The first was that Polian had to use his very valuable pick on Manning, and didn't have the ability to trade it for more high round picks.
And the general idea that a draft is a success based upon how many picks stick on the roster certainly depends upon the quality of the roster at the time, as well as how good the draft picks are.