The Indianapolis Colts are up and could go several ways at 34 here.
The key here is getting an immediate impact starter.
With the 34th pick in the NFL Draft the Indianapolis Colts select Tee Higgins WR Clemson
He adds great size to our unit and will become Rivers favorite target.
Part of the reason he was a healthy scratch late in the season was because he doesn't play special teams. When our DBs were all healthy, Milligan, Odum, Geathers and Tell all were playing STs and doing very well there.
“(Wilson’s) role early in the season was good, made a big play in Tennessee, played well vs. Kansas City, then we got healthy all the way through at all of the positions,” Ballard says. “We had five safeties we were dressing and four corners, and then a lot of it came down to special teams. Quincy’s not a core player on teams. Then you add (Rolan) Milligan, who plays on teams, you add (Clayton) Geathers, who plays on teams, you have George Odum, who plays on teams, you had Marvell Tell ascend, who plays on special teams.
“If you are not in that top-3 corner spot, that 4th and 5th corner have to be able to play on (special) teams. That 4th or 5th safety has to be able to play on teams. Those guys were more valuable.”
Ballard also mentioned a few times during last season that he thought Wilson's struggles were more mental than anything else. Wilson has ideal physical traits to thrive in Ballard's defense. Ballard also has expressed a reason he likes Wilson is because he has the traits to switch to S if needed. The previous year, they said when we had Mike Mitchell that he took Quincy under his wing and really got him practicing hard, taught him how to watch film and prepare like a pro, etc... I'm not sure if his departure is directly related to Quincy's decline or if he had other things going on... but Ballard says after the season he had a long talk w/ Quincy and he believes he had some sort of confidence issue.
“Down the stretch, I think (Wilson’s) confidence got him a little bit down the stretch,” Ballard said. “It’s something Quincy and I talked a long time (after the season) ‘This is it, a big year for you.’
“So it’ll be interesting to see how he comes back, and his mindset, but I think it’ll be good.”
Above quotes are from the above link, which is an article from last month. Below quotes are from the below link, which was written in May 2019.
“The thing that is so strong about Quincy and I didn’t even understand this coming out, he’s really football smart,” Ballard says of Wilson. “Right now, he’s playing 5 different spots back there. He will go corner, dime, nickel, little bit of safety. He can play a lot of roles for us.
“He’s going to compete to play corner, but on game day, he becomes very valuable, because he can play man-to-man on tight ends. That’s why having all these longer corners help you from a matchup standpoint.”
**His best game last year was by far against KC when he did a very good job at limiting Kelce (4 catches on 10 targets).
He's a FA after this year. Not sure if you're talking about getting a pick in 2021 or trading him in 2021, but it won't be the later.
And TBH, we didn't have a world class secondary last year and Wilson only play 12% of downs. He didn't play any defensive snaps after Dec. 8. The final two months he only played 17 total snaps on defense. I am somewhat doubtful that a team would even consider giving up a draft pick for him at this point (maybe a 7th?).
Quincy is 3 months younger than Ya-Sin. I get the impression that Ballard still has high hopes for him. Hopefully he can get his head on straight.