Well, I have not thought the team was bad since Ballard got a year under his belt and hired his own coach. They have had struggles...as any rebuilding does, but the Colts also lost their schemed for QB. Every team gets injuries, but the positions that the Colts have lost to injury are particularly important to the development of a new QB.
Let's just think about what if......
What if the Colts take a high draft pick at QB next year....and the guy faces what JB had to face in the two years he has been a starter. Few would get through and remain as a starter, unaffected career wise by the losses, the scrutiny, and the pressure. Verrrrrry few. Thank the stars that the Colts have a QB that is as tough as Jacoby Brissett is. He is double tough. I would take his toughness against ANY QB coming out in the draft. He may not be that guy, but he is the right guy right now.....and for the forseeable future, until that guy becomes a possibility. Just because there is a few QB's slotted to go high in the draft, doesn't mean it is the right year to snag one.
In the meantime, keep adding pieces, and manage the cap. When the Colts name is called in the draft, I want them to take the player that they see is a franchise player....regardless of the position. If that is a QB, so be it. But let's not become a struggling franchise that passes on a golden player to grasp for a QB.
Depending on a series of decisions we make this off-season I wouldn’t rule out drafting a RB in the 4 rounds. (I’m assuming by 5 picks you meant 4 rounds? With 2 picks in R2, that’s the way the math breaks down.)
Just thinking out loud. I think it’s way too early to rule most things in or out.
115Malik HookerFSOhio State
143Marlon MackRBSouth Florida
144Grover StewartDTAlbany State
161Anthony Walker Jr.ILBNorthwestern
16Quenton NelsonGuardNotre DameFrom NY Jets
236Darius LeonardLinebackerSouth Carolina State
37Braden SmithGuardAuburnFrom NY Jets
52Kemoko TurayDefensive endRutgersFrom Baltimore via Philadelphia
64Tyquan LewisDefensive endOhio StateFrom Philadelphia via Cleveland
4104Nyheim HinesRunning backNC State
5159Daurice FountainWide receiverNorthern IowaFrom Kansas City via Cleveland, New England, and Oakland
169Jordan WilkinsRunning backOle MissFrom Philadelphia
6185Deon CainWide receiverClemsonFrom Oakland
7221Matthew Adams LinebackerHouston
235Zaire Franklin LinebackerSyracuse
34Rock Ya-SinCBTempleFrom New York Jets
49Ben BanoguLBTCUFrom Cleveland Browns
59Parris CampbellWROhio State
5144Marvell TellSUSCFrom Cleveland Browns
164E. J. SpeedLBTarleton State
6199Gerri GreenDEMississippi State
246Javon PattersonCOle Mis
Right there are Ballards first 3 drafts.
Solid NFL players
Potential good players
The rest are all meh to below average to injured.
So there you have it. For being a draft guru, you cannot tell me that those 3 drafts are super, awesome, better than average.
So I think we need to put to rest that Ballard can build a super bowl team via mainly the draft. Based on his record so far, he is average to slightly above average drafter ONLY,.