Judging by what Irsay had to say at his year ender, it doesn't look like that Ballard will wait to the draft to pull the trigger, unless he strikes out in a trade for every veteran we've talked about. From Stafford, to Rodgers, to Ryan, to Carr, to Garropolo and so on....
Irsay was saying he, Ballard and Frank all think they're close. (his words) So, the quickest and most direct path to future success is a trade for a veteran (my words, but his implication) Irsay didn't rule out a draft pick in April.
I suspect you're old enough to understand the concept I'm about to address. I think one of the most interesting concepts adults deal with in all walks of life is that sometimes, there are no good options. There are only poor options or bad options. And the job is to try and figure out which option is the least bad. I'm not just talking sports, but all things in life. Sometimes there just are no good options. And, I think the Colts are pretty close to being there. But, you find the best choice there is and chalk it up to the price of doing business in the NFL. What else can we do?
Sorry if this got preachy.... didn't mean for it to.