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Like in previous years my first mock is a bit more aggressive than my final one would be. This is more along the lines of what I would do, rather than what I expect Ballard to do, but I still try to take into account Ballard's statements about what he wants in his roster, what schemes he prefers, what players he thinks are important for his team, etc. 

 

I'm using Overthecap's Colts page for salary numbers. I'm using this article for Colts' own free agents.

I will be using spotrac's free agency tracker to find other teams' free agents and if there is market value figure listed, I will try to be close to it, unless I deem it unreasonable for one reason or another. 

For the draft I will be using The Draft Network's mock draft machine. I will run it with their predictive board, but I will try to take players based on how I feel about the players without trying to cheat the system(for example if a player I have ranked no. 8 is there on the board at 13 and is BPA, but is ranked 44 on their board I will NOT pass on him because I know I can draft him in later rounds, I would consider this cheating the system because I have information that in the real world GMs don't really have). 

 

Starting Team Cap Space: $91,846,470

 

Own Free Agents:

Unrestricted FAs

Josh Andrews OC 1 year 2M, reliable backup, secure him as our backup C for next year

Anthony Castonzo OT 3 year 50M ... So... hear me out. I usually wouldn't want to give this long of a term deal to a player that is already talking about retiring but... I would structure this one with lower starting salary and non-guaranteed increasing money going forward. Meaning - you get the money if you want to play and you get more in the future than now. Nothing given in advance except for the 1st year - 15.5M guaranteed (year 2 - 17M, becomes guaranteed after game 1 2021, year 3 - 17.5M becomes guaranteed after game 1 of 2022) (cap hit for 2020 15.5M)

Devin Funchess, WR 1 year 5M... Ballard left me with the impression that they are actually happy with the way Funchess handled himself in his recovery behind the scenes. Give him one more year to prove himself. 

Joe Haeg OT/OG 2 years 7M (4.5M guaranteed, 3.5M cap hit for 2020) He's our most universal OLineman and has done good job filling holes throughout the whole line. Deserves to be paid

Jabaal Sheard DE - 2 years 12M (7M guaranteed, 6M caphit), solid lineman. Ballard stated he regretted not retaining some more vets to help the young guys. IMO it's possible Sheard becomes one of his learned lessons and he gives him a solid contract to stay and mentor the youth 

Jonathan Williams, RB 1 year 1M

 

Le'Raven Clark OT

Eric Ebron, TE

Clayton Geathers S

Adam Vinatieri K

Dontrelle Inman WR

Chester Rodgers WR

 

 

Restricted FAs

Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB Original Round Tender(2,144,000)

Marcus Johnson, WR Second Round Tender (3,278,000)

Trevon Coley DT

 

Exclusive Rights FAs

Daurice Fountain, WR $525,000

Rolan Milligan, S/CB $495,000

 

Cuts:

Bryan Hoyer (3M cap savings)

Margus Hunt(4M cap savings)

 

---Total Spent on Own FAs: 30.298M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $61,548,470

 

Other Teams' FAs:

 

Daryl Williams, OT - 2 year 8M(5M guaranteed, 4M guaranteed/caphit first year) - This is a tough one. Williams used to be viewed as a player on the rise but then suffered a torn MCL and broken kneecap in 2018 and missed the whole season and then had a bad year in his return in 2019. The OT options this year are not great and I wanted to get a player with some upside(he's still 28). Is he shot after the injury? Or can being one more year away from his injury see him return to his previous form? This is the bet I'm making. I want to beef up the line with players that can play in case of injuries/retirement

 

Javon Hargrave, DT 4 years 62M(38M guaranteed, 16M guaranteed 1st year) - this is our big time FA signing. One of the best interior pass-rushers in the league and he's young(27). He played in an uneven front and still managed to record the highest pressure rate from all interior players in the NFL last year. This is something we desperately need and something I feel like Ballard might actually splurge on. He's an explosive athlete who beats opponents with quickness and leverage thanks to low center of gravity. Ballard emphasized again in the exit interview/press-conference that the 3T is extremely important for our scheme... well... lets see what we can do with a player who IMO might be even more successful in our system than in the one he was playing thus far in PIT. 

 

Shaq Lawson, DE 4 years 34M(20M guaranteed, 9M guaranteed year 1) a pass-rusher on the rise, just had his best season. IMO he fits the profile of a left DE that Ballard likes(stout, good against the run, technically sound with some explosive traits, but not blazing fast... a player you can move inside on passing downs) - this is the Basham, Lewis, Sheard mold. It doesn't look like Ballard succeeded with the ones he drafted so here it goes. He gets himself a player that has shown he can actually play in the league and as an ex-first rounder he has the pedigree and athleticism to take another step forward in his development. 

 

Sean Davis, FS 1 year 2M - reclamation project/depth at safety. A safety with great athleticism and ability to hit, but very inconsistent

 

Hunter Henry, TE, 4 years 34M (20M guaranteed, 9M guaranteed year 1) - Frank loves himself multiple TE sets. This class of free agent TE is not bad. Ultimately I narrowed it down to Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper. I think we need a pass-catching weapon from the TE position and both of those fulfill that role. IMO both are better overall players than Ebron who we lost and will allow Frank to run some of his favorite sets with the new QB we draft(a little foreshadowing for the draft from me here :woah: )

 

Pharoh Cooper, WR, 1 year 2.5M - depth at receiver

 

---Total Spent on Other Teams' FAs: $42.5M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $18,958,470

 

And here comes the draft... 

 

Draft

Round 1. Pick 13 Jordan Love, QB, Utah State - my love for Love is not a secret around here, so I'm not sure I have to write much of a justification for this pick. IMO Love has the highest upside of all the QBs in this year's draft. He has high level QB traits and attributes. He already has some of the things I most value in a QB - pocket presence(one of the best in the class) and ability to make plays out of structure and on the move. He has one of the strongest arms in the draft and he has pretty much all the throws in his arsenal - he can throw bullets, he can throw with touch over defenders, he can throw the deep out, he can throw the seam, he can sidearm it to create different angle, he can throw with anticipation and timing. With that said, I expect him to need a year because his decision making needs to improve and makes some very weird mistakes with his reads + he needs to learn to run a pro offense without constantly looking to the sideline for instructions. This is as much a bet on him as a prospect as it is on Frank Reich and the rest of the coaching staff to develop him. So here we go... Indy, meet your franchise QB of the future - Jordan Love. 

 

Round 2. Pick 34 Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame This is my TE1 in the draft and I really really like Kmet. He looks very impressive with at 6'6" 255 frame with his effortless movement and pass-catching ability. He has a chance to be high end TE in the Kelce/Kittle mold. He seems to have great hands and is versatile enough to be an asset even in the run game. 

 

Round 2. Pick 44 Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU - impressive athlete who combines his explosiveness with crafty route running. He's a threat both as a YAC receiver on short and intermediate passes and as a deep threat. Not very physical, but he has game breaker ability. I couldn't pass on him here. Whoever starts for us at QB will have some expansive weaponry. 

 

Round 3, pick 73 Jordan Elliot, DT, Missouri - here's an explosive gap penetrating athlete who I expect to start jumping up draft boards and mock drafts soon. Get him in our rotation and develop him next to or behind Hargrave depending on how ready he is year 1.  

 

Round 4, pick 112 Trey Adams, OT, Washington - Here's one more shot at a potential future LT for the Colts. Our OLine coach Chris Strausser gets reunited with Adams after he coached him in Washington the previous several years. Trey Adams used to be thought of as a potential 1st round tackle but then series of injuries hampered his college career. We take a shot at trying to keep him healthy and develop him as the successor to AC

 

Round 5, pick 142 Thomas Graham Jr, CB, Oregon - a CB with the exact make up that Ballard likes for his corners - very physical and willing tackler, very competitive. Good in zone coverage. 

 

Round 6, pick 173 Antonio Gibson, WR/RB/KR - he's an electric athlete both with speed and with shiftiness. He's taken snaps at both RB and WR this year and he is very fun to watch with ball in his hands(his averages are... 19 yards per reception and 11 yards per carry, yep... this is not an error - 19 and 11!!!!). He won't be one or the other for us, he'd be a universal weapon you can unleash both from the backfield and as a deep threat and in various gimmick plays... 

 

Round 6, pick 190 AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College - our attempt at a powerful fast RB a la Derrick Henry. Well, maybe the discount version. He doesn't play as strong and as powerful as Henry, but he will still add a bit of a different dimension to our running game with his size. 

 

Round 7, pick 204 Gage Cervenka, OG/OC Clemson - developmental guard/depth at the interior of our line, possible future replacement for Glowinski 

 

---Total Spent on Draftees: ~$10M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $8,958,470

 

Depth chart:

Offense:
QB: Jacoby Brissett, Jordan Love, Chad Kelly
RB: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Johnathan Williams, A.J. Dillon, Bruce Anderson, Darius Jackson
WR1: TY Hilton, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Daurice Fountain,  Steve Ishmael
WR2: Devin Funchess, Jalen Reagor, Ashton Dulin, Malik Henry
Slot: Parris Campbell, Pharoh Cooper, Antonio GibsonChad Williams
TE1: Jack Doyle, Cole Kmet, Billy Brown, Cedrick Lang
TE2: Hunter Henry, Mo Alie-Cox, Matt Lengel, Xavier Grimble, Ian Bunting
LT: Anthony Castonzo, Trey Adams, Chaz Green
LG: Quenton Nelson, Jake Eldrenkamp, Gage Cervenka
OC: Ryan Kelly, Josh Andrews, Javon Patterson
RG: Mark Glowinski, Joe Haeg, Andrew Donnal
RT: Braden Smith, Daryl Williams, Travis Vornkahl

Deffense:
LDEShaq LawsonJabaal Sheard, Ben Banogu, Al-Quadin Muhammad
DT: Grover Stewart, Jordan ElliotIseoluwapo Jegede
3T:  Javon HargraveDenico Autry, Tyquan Lewis
RDE: Justin Houston, Kemoko Turay, Gerri Green
WILL: Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed
MIKE: Anthony Walker Jr., Skai Moore 
SAM: Bobby Okereke, Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin
SS: Khari Willis, George Odum,
FS: Malik Hooker, Sean Davis, Rolan Milligan
RCB: Pierre Desir, Thomas Graham JrBriean Boddy-Calhoun,  Lafayette Pitts
LCB: Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell III, Quincy Wilson, Jackson Porter
Slot: Kenny Moore II, Picasso Nelson

Special teams:
LS: Luke Rhodes
P: Rigoberto Sanchez
K: Chase McLaughlin

 

*names in green are rookies

**names in blue are new FAs

 

Final thoughts:

- It looks like the secondary can use some more work, but I will leave it as is for now. It's just the first version, and I expect it to not be amazing.

- I'm wondering if I'm not overkilling the TE position, but... I kind of feel like we need weapons and at some point we will have to start phasing out Doyle and feel like Kmet can be a great successor for him. Here's a question - if you had to choose either Henry or Kmet? Who would you choose? And what would you do with the respective asset(the money or the pick) you decide to spare?

- I'm loving the look of that DLine. We are 2 deep at all positions. Ideally Grover will play few snaps(just run snaps) and we will have all 4 linemen able to disrupt the passer. This would be a great line to rotate and keep fresh. 

- With all that speed and playmaking from the pass-catchers.... I kind of cannot wait to put Love in there. :woah:

 

Any thoughts and critique are welcome. Cheers everybody  

 

(Disclaimer: I used the blueprint from my last year's mock so it's possible there are some mistakes/leftovers from it. Please don't hesitate to point out any glaring errors or things you think are overly unrealistic.)

 

 

 

 

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I like the draft, I'm not 100% sold on Reagor though. If we are going to draft a WR I want a big bodied one. In that range I could see Pittman, Stephen Guirdy, Gandy-Golden and even Bryan Edwards. We have enough smaller guys IMHO it is time for a big bully. As far as running backs go I'm 100% okay not taking a single one this class. Wish D'ontae Foreman would have worked out and could have been our power house.

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Brave man

 

A mock before senior bowl

 

Im ok with Love as one of the options IF they are truly sold on him


The approach would fill some holes

 

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5 minutes ago, MikeCurtis said:

Brave man

 

A mock before senior bowl

 

Im ok with Love as one of the options IF they are truly sold on him


The approach would fill some holes

 

True. With the way Ballard is picking up player after player from the Senior Bowl it's kind of brave to do one without knowing who does well at the Senior Bowl. Also... without knowing any measurements when we know how much he emphasizes length at certain positions. 

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16 minutes ago, Coltsfanforlife12 said:

I stopped reading when you had us take a project QB in the first round... 

Well, thanks for your effort anyways... :dunno:

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19 minutes ago, Coltsfanforlife12 said:

I stopped reading when you had us take a project QB in the first round... 

Worked out well for kansas city......

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Just now, stitches said:

Well, thanks for your effort anyways... :dunno:

 

Yeah, another one of those rare posters @stitches and that’s their contribution.

 

Hey, by the way, I hate your mock! :lol:

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31 minutes ago, twfish said:

I like the draft, I'm not 100% sold on Reagor though. If we are going to draft a WR I want a big bodied one. In that range I could see Pittman, Stephen Guirdy, Gandy-Golden and even Bryan Edwards. We have enough smaller guys IMHO it is time for a big bully. As far as running backs go I'm 100% okay not taking a single one this class. Wish D'ontae Foreman would have worked out and could have been our power house.

 

I really like Reagor. He suffered from real poor QB play this year, but he's really good. I kind of feel like he might get in the first by draft time. I get the desire for a bigger WR though. I was wondering whether to go with Brandon Aiyuk who is another one I like, but ultimately decided to go with the player I like better rather than the size. 

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47 minutes ago, stitches said:

 

I really like Reagor. He suffered from real poor QB play this year, but he's really good. I kind of feel like he might get in the first by draft time. I get the desire for a bigger WR though. I was wondering whether to go with Brandon Aiyuk who is another one I like, but ultimately decided to go with the player I like better rather than the size. 

Gotta go with your gut I get it. There is no shortage in WR this year that's for sure. Going to be a fun class to scout. 

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2 minutes ago, twfish said:

Gotta go with your gut I get it. There is no shortage in WR this year that's for sure. Going to be a fun class to scout. 

Since we are talking about big receivers - what do you think about Collin Johnson? I was a big fan last year, but he seemed to be injured again this year. I don't know what to think of him, he cannot seem to stay healthy. 

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1 hour ago, twfish said:

Worked out well for kansas city......

Was Mahomes considered a project?  I know he sat for a year but I don’t remember people considering him a project. 

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2 hours ago, stitches said:

Like in previous years my first mock is a bit more aggressive than my final one would be. This is more along the lines of what I would do, rather than what I expect Ballard to do, but I still try to take into account Ballard's statements about what he wants in his roster, what schemes he prefers, what players he thinks are important for his team, etc. 

 

I'm using Overthecap's Colts page for salary numbers. I'm using this article for Colts' own free agents.

I will be using spotrac's free agency tracker to find other teams' free agents and if there is market value figure listed, I will try to be close to it, unless I deem it unreasonable for one reason or another. 

For the draft I will be using The Draft Network's mock draft machine. I will run it with their predictive board, but I will try to take players based on how I feel about the players without trying to cheat the system(for example if a player I have ranked no. 8 is there on the board at 13 and is BPA, but is ranked 44 on their board I will NOT pass on him because I know I can draft him in later rounds, I would consider this cheating the system because I have information that in the real world GMs don't really have). 

 

Starting Team Cap Space: $91,846,470

 

Own Free Agents:

Unrestricted FAs

Josh Andrews OC 1 year 2M, reliable backup, secure him as our backup C for next year

Anthony Castonzo OT 3 year 50M ... So... hear me out. I usually wouldn't want to give this long of a term deal to a player that is already talking about retiring but... I would structure this one with lower starting salary and non-guaranteed increasing money going forward. Meaning - you get the money if you want to play and you get more in the future than now. Nothing given in advance except for the 1st year - 15.5M guaranteed (year 2 - 17M, becomes guaranteed after game 1 2021, year 3 - 17.5M becomes guaranteed after game 1 of 2022) (cap hit for 2020 15.5M)

Devin Funchess, WR 1 year 5M... Ballard left me with the impression that they are actually happy with the way Funchess handled himself in his recovery behind the scenes. Give him one more year to prove himself. 

Joe Haeg OT/OG 2 years 7M (4.5M guaranteed, 3.5M cap hit for 2020) He's our most universal OLineman and has done good job filling holes throughout the whole line. Deserves to be paid

Jabaal Sheard DE - 2 years 12M (7M guaranteed, 6M caphit), solid lineman. Ballard stated he regretted not retaining some more vets to help the young guys. IMO it's possible Sheard becomes one of his learned lessons and he gives him a solid contract to stay and mentor the youth 

Jonathan Williams, RB 1 year 1M

 

Le'Raven Clark OT

Eric Ebron, TE

Clayton Geathers S

Adam Vinatieri K

Dontrelle Inman WR

Chester Rodgers WR

 

 

Restricted FAs

Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB Original Round Tender(2,144,000)

Marcus Johnson, WR Second Round Tender (3,278,000)

Trevon Coley DT

 

Exclusive Rights FAs

Daurice Fountain, WR $525,000

Rolan Milligan, S/CB $495,000

 

Cuts:

Bryan Hoyer (3M cap savings)

Margus Hunt(4M cap savings)

 

---Total Spent on Own FAs: 30.298M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $61,548,470

 

Other Teams' FAs:

 

Daryl Williams, OT - 2 year 8M(5M guaranteed, 4M guaranteed/caphit first year) - This is a tough one. Williams used to be viewed as a player on the rise but then suffered a torn MCL and broken kneecap in 2018 and missed the whole season and then had a bad year in his return in 2019. The OT options this year are not great and I wanted to get a player with some upside(he's still 28). Is he shot after the injury? Or can being one more year away from his injury see him return to his previous form? This is the bet I'm making. I want to beef up the line with players that can play in case of injuries/retirement

 

Javon Hargrave, DT 4 years 62M(38M guaranteed, 16M guaranteed 1st year) - this is our big time FA signing. One of the best interior pass-rushers in the league and he's young(27). He played in an uneven front and still managed to record the highest pressure rate from all interior players in the NFL last year. This is something we desperately need and something I feel like Ballard might actually splurge on. He's an explosive athlete who beats opponents with quickness and leverage thanks to low center of gravity. Ballard emphasized again in the exit interview/press-conference that the 3T is extremely important for our scheme... well... lets see what we can do with a player who IMO might be even more successful in our system than in the one he was playing thus far in PIT. 

 

Shaq Lawson, DE 4 years 34M(20M guaranteed, 9M guaranteed year 1) a pass-rusher on the rise, just had his best season. IMO he fits the profile of a left DE that Ballard likes(stout, good against the run, technically sound with some explosive traits, but not blazing fast... a player you can move inside on passing downs) - this is the Basham, Lewis, Sheard mold. It doesn't look like Ballard succeeded with the ones he drafted so here it goes. He gets himself a player that has shown he can actually play in the league and as an ex-first rounder he has the pedigree and athleticism to take another step forward in his development. 

 

Sean Davis, FS 1 year 2M - reclamation project/depth at safety. A safety with great athleticism and ability to hit, but very inconsistent

 

Hunter Henry, TE, 4 years 34M (20M guaranteed, 9M guaranteed year 1) - Frank loves himself multiple TE sets. This class of free agent TE is not bad. Ultimately I narrowed it down to Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper. I think we need a pass-catching weapon from the TE position and both of those fulfill that role. IMO both are better overall players than Ebron who we lost and will allow Frank to run some of his favorite sets with the new QB we draft(a little foreshadowing for the draft from me here :woah: )

 

Pharoh Cooper, WR, 1 year 2.5M - depth at receiver

 

---Total Spent on Other Teams' FAs: $42.5M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $18,958,470

 

And here comes the draft... 

 

Draft

Round 1. Pick 13 Jordan Love, QB, Utah State - my love for Love is not a secret around here, so I'm not sure I have to write much of a justification for this pick. IMO Love has the highest upside of all the QBs in this year's draft. He has high level QB traits and attributes. He already has some of the things I most value in a QB - pocket presence(one of the best in the class) and ability to make plays out of structure and on the move. He has one of the strongest arms in the draft and he has pretty much all the throws in his arsenal - he can throw bullets, he can throw with touch over defenders, he can throw the deep out, he can throw the seam, he can sidearm it to create different angle, he can throw with anticipation and timing. With that said, I expect him to need a year because his decision making needs to improve and makes some very weird mistakes with his reads + he needs to learn to run a pro offense without constantly looking to the sideline for instructions. This is as much a bet on him as a prospect as it is on Frank Reich and the rest of the coaching staff to develop him. So here we go... Indy, meet your franchise QB of the future - Jordan Love. 

 

Round 2. Pick 34 Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame This is my TE1 in the draft and I really really like Kmet. He looks very impressive with at 6'6" 255 frame with his effortless movement and pass-catching ability. He has a chance to be high end TE in the Kelce/Kittle mold. He seems to have great hands and is versatile enough to be an asset even in the run game. 

 

Round 2. Pick 44 Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU - impressive athlete who combines his explosiveness with crafty route running. He's a threat both as a YAC receiver on short and intermediate passes and as a deep threat. Not very physical, but he has game breaker ability. I couldn't pass on him here. Whoever starts for us at QB will have some expansive weaponry. 

 

Round 3, pick 73 Jordan Elliot, DT, Missouri - here's an explosive gap penetrating athlete who I expect to start jumping up draft boards and mock drafts soon. Get him in our rotation and develop him next to or behind Hargrave depending on how ready he is year 1.  

 

Round 4, pick 112 Trey Adams, OT, Washington - Here's one more shot at a potential future LT for the Colts. Our OLine coach Chris Strausser gets reunited with Adams after he coached him in Washington the previous several years. Trey Adams used to be thought of as a potential 1st round tackle but then series of injuries hampered his college career. We take a shot at trying to keep him healthy and develop him as the successor to AC

 

Round 5, pick 142 Thomas Graham Jr, CB, Oregon - a CB with the exact make up that Ballard likes for his corners - very physical and willing tackler, very competitive. Good in zone coverage. 

 

Round 6, pick 173 Antonio Gibson, WR/RB/KR - he's an electric athlete both with speed and with shiftiness. He's taken snaps at both RB and WR this year and he is very fun to watch with ball in his hands(his averages are... 19 yards per reception and 11 yards per carry, yep... this is not an error - 19 and 11!!!!). He won't be one or the other for us, he'd be a universal weapon you can unleash both from the backfield and as a deep threat and in various gimmick plays... 

 

Round 6, pick 190 AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College - our attempt at a powerful fast RB a la Derrick Henry. Well, maybe the discount version. He doesn't play as strong and as powerful as Henry, but he will still add a bit of a different dimension to our running game with his size. 

 

Round 7, pick 204 Gage Cervenka, OG/OC Clemson - developmental guard/depth at the interior of our line, possible future replacement for Glowinski 

 

---Total Spent on Draftees: ~$10M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $8,958,470

 

Depth chart:

Offense:
QB: Jacoby Brissett, Jordan Love, Chad Kelly
RB: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Johnathan Williams, A.J. Dillon, Bruce Anderson, Darius Jackson
WR1: TY Hilton, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Daurice Fountain,  Steve Ishmael
WR2: Devin Funchess, Jalen Reagor, Ashton Dulin, Malik Henry
Slot: Parris Campbell, Pharoh Cooper, Antonio GibsonChad Williams
TE1: Jack Doyle, Cole Kmet, Billy Brown, Cedrick Lang
TE2: Hunter Henry, Mo Alie-Cox, Matt Lengel, Xavier Grimble, Ian Bunting
LT: Anthony Castonzo, Trey Adams, Chaz Green
LG: Quenton Nelson, Jake Eldrenkamp, Gage Cervenka
OC: Ryan Kelly, Josh Andrews, Javon Patterson
RG: Mark Glowinski, Joe Haeg, Andrew Donnal
RT: Braden Smith, Daryl Williams, Travis Vornkahl

Deffense:
LDEShaq LawsonJabaal Sheard, Ben Banogu, Al-Quadin Muhammad
DT: Grover Stewart, Jordan ElliotIseoluwapo Jegede
3T:  Javon HargraveDenico Autry, Tyquan Lewis
RDE: Justin Houston, Kemoko Turay, Gerri Green
WILL: Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed
MIKE: Anthony Walker Jr., Skai Moore 
SAM: Bobby Okereke, Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin
SS: Khari Willis, George Odum,
FS: Malik Hooker, Sean Davis, Rolan Milligan
RCB: Pierre Desir, Thomas Graham JrBriean Boddy-Calhoun,  Lafayette Pitts
LCB: Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell III, Quincy Wilson, Jackson Porter
Slot: Kenny Moore II, Picasso Nelson

Special teams:
LS: Luke Rhodes
P: Rigoberto Sanchez
K: Chase McLaughlin

 

*names in green are rookies

**names in blue are new FAs

 

Final thoughts:

- It looks like the secondary can use some more work, but I will leave it as is for now. It's just the first version, and I expect it to not be amazing.

- I'm wondering if I'm not overkilling the TE position, but... I kind of feel like we need weapons and at some point we will have to start phasing out Doyle and feel like Kmet can be a great successor for him. Here's a question - if you had to choose either Henry or Kmet? Who would you choose? And what would you do with the respective asset(the money or the pick) you decide to spare?

- I'm loving the look of that DLine. We are 2 deep at all positions. Ideally Grover will play few snaps(just run snaps) and we will have all 4 linemen able to disrupt the passer. This would be a great line to rotate and keep fresh. 

- With all that speed and playmaking from the pass-catchers.... I kind of cannot wait to put Love in there. :woah:

 

Any thoughts and critique are welcome. Cheers everybody  

 

(Disclaimer: I used the blueprint from my last year's mock so it's possible there are some mistakes/leftovers from it. Please don't hesitate to point out any glaring errors or things you think are overly unrealistic.)

 

 

 

 

Great thoughtful post.  Appreciate the time you spent putting this together.  Only question I have is drafting a TE at 34 if we sign Henry.

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1 minute ago, Coltsfanforlife12 said:

Was Mahomes considered a project?  I know he sat for a year but I don’t remember people considering him a project. 


Was Wentz, D. Jones or J. Allen considered projects? 
 


 

 

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6 minutes ago, stitches said:

Since we are talking about big receivers - what do you think about Collin Johnson? I was a big fan last year, but he seemed to be injured again this year. I don't know what to think of him, he cannot seem to stay healthy. 

Man he has tremendous size and should have came out last year but that's the chance you take I guess. I personally think he is going to put up a bad combine performance because he lacks speed and quickness for a WR which will likely make him plummet just like Kelvin Harmon did.

 

However me personally I will likely take him in all of my mock drafts in the 4th or maybe 5th and convert him him to a TE. I think his combine stats would then be in the tops of TE's. Use him more like an Eric Ebron and let his blocking develop over a couple years and get him lined up on a slot CB or MLB and then i think we will do very well.

 

However just based off of watching film from last year and what my memory recalls I don't see him thriving as a #1 or outside WR. I'm not sure he can get the separation needed the the NFL for it. But that big frame and catch radius could definitely be put to use by Reich.

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1 minute ago, jblastick said:

Great thoughtful post.  Appreciate the time you spent putting this together.  Only question I have is drafting a TE at 34 if we sign Henry.

Thanks. Yeah, the double dip for TEs with pretty premium value is the thing I kind of think is most controversial in this one. I absolutely see the argument against it. At the time the alternative in the draft was to take a CB(I was considering Bryce Hall, but since I don't know how his injury situation is developing, I decided against it and another favorite of mine - Paulson Adebo was taken just before me too). Ultimately I decided to go this way and stack up talent at the position.  

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4 minutes ago, twfish said:

Man he has tremendous size and should have came out last year but that's the chance you take I guess. I personally think he is going to put up a bad combine performance because he lacks speed and quickness for a WR which will likely make him plummet just like Kelvin Harmon did.

 

However me personally I will likely take him in all of my mock drafts in the 4th or maybe 5th and convert him him to a TE. I think his combine stats would then be in the tops of TE's. Use him more like an Eric Ebron and let his blocking develop over a couple years and get him lined up on a slot CB or MLB and then i think we will do very well.

 

However just based off of watching film from last year and what my memory recalls I don't see him thriving as a #1 or outside WR. I'm not sure he can get the separation needed the the NFL for it. But that big frame and catch radius could definitely be put to use by Reich.

Yeah, I was mocking him to us last year second round(I actually thought he had some speed before the injury, haven't really watched him much this year) and I thought he had more nuanced understanding of route running than most big receivers + he makes some crazy catches. 

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7 minutes ago, Coltsfanforlife12 said:

Was Mahomes considered a project?  I know he sat for a year but I don’t remember people considering him a project. 

Yes.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/patrick-mahomes?id=2558125

 

Alot of people had him in the second round. They where very unsure of how he would transition going into a pro offense. He was a great talent but decision making was still questionable. Love him or hate him Andy Reid deserves a ton of credit A getting him drafted and B turning him into the insane player he is now.

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4 minutes ago, twfish said:

Yes.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/patrick-mahomes?id=2558125

 

Alot of people had him in the second round. They where very unsure of how he would transition going into a pro offense. He was a great talent but decision making was still questionable. Love him or hate him Andy Reid deserves a ton of credit A getting him drafted and B turning him into the insane player he is now.

If you read Mahomes and Love's scouting reports side to side they are scarily similar. Both strengths and weaknesses. 

 

Weaknesses- raw, decisionmaking, footwork/mechanics, YOLO attitude

Strengths - playmaking, armstrengths and armtalent overall, throws off platform, pocket presence... 

 

A LOT of similarities. 

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5 minutes ago, stitches said:

If you read Mahomes and Love's scouting reports side to side they are scarily similar. Both strengths and weaknesses. 

 

Weaknesses- raw, decisionmaking, footwork/mechanics, YOLO attitude

Strengths - playmaking, armstrengths and armtalent overall, throws off platform, pocket presence... 

 

A LOT of similarities. 

If you watch both there college tape there is an incredible amount of similarities. I will be completely honest I wasn't sold on him either, a buddy of mine was in love with his throws but I thought he was to raw but oh how wrong I was. My opinion of Love is that he is going to have to go somewhere will a team is going to take their time with him as a prospect and i see him failing as a starter day 1. He is really going to need a offensive master mind to hone him in and that's why i think Reich would do so well with him. If he goes to a team like Miami then i think bust potential sky rockets.

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Can't say I'm the biggest fan of this. I did like the sneaky signing of OT Daryl Williams though. 

 

I think Hargrave is an okay NT, but I would not want to pay that much money for just an okay guy. I'd much rather go after a Arik Armstead, DJ Reader, or possibly even Chris Jones if he made it to free agency. 

 

I'd rather have TE Austin Hooper over Henry at this point. Henry just has so many injury issues, and we don't need more of that on this team. 

 

For the draft, I don't mind Jordan Love, just think we could get him a little later, perhaps around 22, just before NE and New Orleans pick. 

 

Not a fan of taking a TE with the 34th overall pick, unless he turns out to be the next Kittle, which I highly doubt. 

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1 hour ago, BProland85 said:

Can't say I'm the biggest fan of this. I did like the sneaky signing of OT Daryl Williams though. 

 

I think Hargrave is an okay NT, but I would not want to pay that much money for just an okay guy. I'd much rather go after a Arik Armstead, DJ Reader, or possibly even Chris Jones if he made it to free agency. 

 

I'd rather have TE Austin Hooper over Henry at this point. Henry just has so many injury issues, and we don't need more of that on this team. 

 

For the draft, I don't mind Jordan Love, just think we could get him a little later, perhaps around 22, just before NE and New Orleans pick. 

 

Not a fan of taking a TE with the 34th overall pick, unless he turns out to be the next Kittle, which I highly doubt. 

I’d stay far away from Armstead... he hasn’t done anything until this year.  He has 19 total sacks and 10 of them are this year.  That Dline is filled with talent to draw away from him.

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2 hours ago, twfish said:

Yes.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/patrick-mahomes?id=2558125

 

Alot of people had him in the second round. They where very unsure of how he would transition going into a pro offense. He was a great talent but decision making was still questionable. Love him or hate him Andy Reid deserves a ton of credit A getting him drafted and B turning him into the insane player he is now.

I take back what I said... I just watched about 10 minutes of highlights of both him and Mahomes and they look very similar.  I hope Reich can do with him like Andy Reid did with Mahomes if we draft him. 

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Very nice layout @stitches!  I don't always agree with your opinions, but I have lots of respect for how much thought you put into it!

Things I like:

FA's Williams, Hargrave, and Lawson - good pinpointing of players that fit both need and opportunity for them to grow with us.

Draft picks Trey Adams and Thomas Graham

Things that are not so much:

I don't have quite the belief in Jordan Love that you do

I think that the final WR lineup doesn't have much in the terms of guys that make you afraid

Overall, it's a well-built and well-researched post.  Nicely done!

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That makes me so excited for FA and the draft. It can’t come soon enough. That was a great write up. Hopefully the QB situation does not hurt us in FA.

 

 

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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.

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14 hours ago, stitches said:

Thanks. Yeah, the double dip for TEs with pretty premium value is the thing I kind of think is most controversial in this one. I absolutely see the argument against it. At the time the alternative in the draft was to take a CB(I was considering Bryce Hall, but since I don't know how his injury situation is developing, I decided against it and another favorite of mine - Paulson Adebo was taken just before me too). Ultimately I decided to go this way and stack up talent at the position.  

 

Adebo in the second would make me happy.

 

This is a strong mock. Big swing on Hargrave, but at that yearly average it's conceivable. He's probably the second best interior lineman scheduled to be a free agent, and I don't think Chris Jones gets free. (As an aside, I was impressed by Arik Armstead this weekend. He still might be a contract year warrior, but he actually looked like the guy everyone thought he would be when he was drafted.)

 

The double dip at TE seems unlikely, as does a big FA signing at that position. 

 

I haven't watched most of these guys from your draft, but your final roster seems intriguing.

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Stitches I’m always a fan of your work. This is no different. That’s a great FA. Hargrave and a Henry are nice pickups. I’d argue that maybe Hooper is a better option than Henry simply because the injury concerns with Hunter, but that’s not a huge issue.

 

Draft wise I like everything except the Reagor pick. Fill like we need a bigger body there so Id look at Gabe Davis or MPJ.

 

Good work as always.

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5 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

Adebo in the second would make me happy.

 

This is a strong mock. Big swing on Hargrave, but at that yearly average it's conceivable. He's probably the second best interior lineman scheduled to be a free agent, and I don't think Chris Jones gets free. (As an aside, I was impressed by Arik Armstead this weekend. He still might be a contract year warrior, but he actually looked like the guy everyone thought he would be when he was drafted.)

 

The double dip at TE seems unlikely, as does a big FA signing at that position. 

 

I haven't watched most of these guys from your draft, but your final roster seems intriguing.

Yeah, Adebo is one of my favorites. Unfortunately I just checked and he's returning to Stanford.

 

I wonder if Ballard would ever decide to splurge on a big time defensive lineman. I think at some point he has to decide to take his shot there, because the value signings have been OK, but they don't seem to have the impact you want from a starting 3T type, especially in this scheme.  

 

About the TE - I actually think this is the place it's most likely we spend some capital(either in FA or in the draft, more likely FA). Remember Ballard gave 2 year 14M to Ebron a couple of years ago. IMO he values the playmaking from the TE position and he will be searching for Ebron replacement this year because none of the TEs we have now are of the pass-catching/detach him from the formation/iso him/seek mismatches with type of TE.

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  Mock's are a good way to get your research in. We have a number of important holes to fill and you did a creditable job doing that.
 Ballard may pay up for Sheard for another season, even though his play on the field wasn't to the level a good D needs.
 

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Respectfully...Not a fan of it. Project QB in the first.  TE (4th TE...behind Doyle, Henry, Ali-Cox) at 34th pick... no real production from the top two picks in 2020... We need immediate difference makers at positions of need with those picks. 

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Love the Henry FA signing. I truly hope LAC lets him test FA. Ballard should be willing to give him whatever money he was going to give Ebron if he replicated his 2018 season.

 

I also love the focus on skill positions. I want a good pass-rushing DT...and then QB and skill positions early. It’s time to add weapons...Ballard has committed a lot of draft capital to the defense...I want to see that balance out.

 

If they can get Henry...I am all for a WR double-dip. It’s a stacked class and the Colts need a couple to pair with Campbell...and we have seen how fruitless the FA WR route has been.

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Great effort @stitches - I like the draft too.

 

I expect some competition for Hunter Henry from New England, hope Ballard is willing to pay him decently enough to snag him to fulfill your plan. 

 

I'd like 34 or 44 to be a 3-technique though, will be hoping to find draft diamonds in the rough later on otherwise, odds get smaller. 

 

Well, at least you watched more than 10 minutes of Jordan Love, LOL. :) 

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