The likelihood of players selected #15 through #70 grading out closely is highly unlikely.
It’s likely that 5 years from now we will be able to identify busts, average players, pro bowlers and all pros from within that range from this year’s draft.
If Ballad has them all graded similarly, it’s still the same problem.
I mean who can really take much issue with Ballard at this point? I fully trust that he has a plan and will work it to our benefit. We are in very good hands.
That said...I just am not buying what he said about some of his initial 8 still being there. I think he values a lot of the talent in the second round and based on who was available when #26 came around, he felt more comfortable maximizing his value in the second rather than spending a 1st on a player (not in his initial 8) that he didn’t think was really worth a first round grade. Hence the trade back.