You don't need to defend Ballard to me. His job was to protect Luck immediately, not to go to the SB in three years. But that's not the topic of the thread.
I'm not criticizing the picks of Smith and Nelson. What I'm saying is in the context of the thread, a three year window, they don't contribute as much as a #1 CB, a EDGE, a LT, A Derrick Henry, a Deebo etc would. Its about the window.
The thread is about what we did in the past three years compared to what SF has done. I see Lynch emphasizing positional value more than the Colts have, where our first goal was to protect a QB who is no longer here.
Herbert being impressive at the senior bowl should have been expected. He’s that great of a talent. It was windy that day as well which makes it even more special. The scouts from many teams were impressed by his arm talent and mobility and I’m sure Reich was as well.
It's not apples to apples. I think the Eagles run from a few years ago might be a better analogy for where the Colts currently are at and what Ballard could do to kick start the program. But there's a part of that story that you can't just replicate.