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They're good, Very good!!!

 

Even without a 1st round pick Colts 2020 draft rated #1

 

https://www.nfl.com/news/2020-nfl-rookie-report-card-ranking-each-team-s-class-1-to-32

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Round 2

(No. 34) Michael Pittman Jr., WR, 13 games/8 starts

(41) Jonathan Taylor, RB, 15 games/13 starts

Round 3

(85) Julian Blackmon, S, 15 games/14 starts

Round 4

(122) Jacob Eason, QB

Round 5

(149) Danny Pinter, OG, 13 games/1 start

Round 6

(193) Robert Windsor, DT, 2 games

(211) Isaiah Rodgers, CB, 13 games

(212) Dezmon Patmon, WR, 1 game

(213) Jordan Glasgow, LB, 13 games

Notable Undrafted Free Agent

Rodrigo Blankenship, K, 16 games

 

FILICE: Halfway through his rookie campaign, Taylor was a disappointment, running indecisively to the tune of just 3.8 yards per carry over his first nine games. But he seemed to find his NFL footing around Thanksgiving, and over the final seven weeks of the regular season, there wasn't a better NFL running back this side of Derrick Henry. Taylor averaged a healthy 6.2 yards per carry in this span, carrying Indianapolis into the playoffs with a franchise-record 253 rushing yards in a Week 17 win over Jacksonville. Standing 5-foot-10, 226 pounds with 4.39 speed, Taylor's a load to bring down and a constant home run threat. In Year 1, he alleviated two major pre-draft concerns -- ball security and receiving skills -- with only one fumble and one drop in the regular season. (Though he did drop two passes in the wild-card loss to Buffalo. Playoff debut jitters?) In an RB era defined by specialization and committee usage, Taylor looks like the rare bell cow. One potential concern for Colts brass and humanity at large: Taylor might have manipulated some kind of midseason body swap with Blackmon, given how antithetically their respective debut campaigns played out. By midseason, Blackmon had surprisingly thrust himself into the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation as a ball-hawking playmaker. But in the stretch run, right when Taylor was taking off, Blackmon appeared to hit a rookie wall. Supernatural factors must be considered. And potentially feared. Pittman -- Indy's top selection who missed three games with an unsettling creeper of a leg injury -- was a pretty consistent producer. The big-bodied wideout is quite spry after the catch, and he knows how to use his 6-4, 220-pound frame as a run blocker, to boot. (Just ask noted tough guy Johnathan Abram, who ate a Pittman pancake on this Colts touchdown.) With a well-rounded game, Pittman feels like a Year 2 breakout candidate, depending on what Indy does at the quarterback position. The cherry on top of another fine draft haul for Chris Ballard: special teamers Rodgers, Glasgow and Blankenship all joining Taylor on the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

 

 

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Hmmm...this stab at humor fell real short, IMO :) 

 

But in the stretch run, right when Taylor was taking off, Blackmon appeared to hit a rookie wall. Supernatural factors must be considered. And potentially feared. 

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56 minutes ago, Fluke_33 said:

Add in the buckner trade and you have the imagined scene from A Christmas Story where the teacher is writing A++++ on Raphies report.  lol

You'll shoot your eye out kid

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51 minutes ago, Valpo2004 said:

When you compare him to other teams Ballard seems to draft well nearly every year.  

Maybe fairer to say every other year. 2018 and 2020 drafts have produced far better results than 2017 and 2019

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It was a good draft. I think the report card grade is a bit over skewed though simply because of the top positions taken though, and immediate usage.

 

Taylor and Pittman are the big drivers as their snaps/usage and performance were easily applauded. 

 

Blackmon had a good 1st half of the season, but struggled later. Rodgers got a little use on D, but his STs play was obviously good. Glasgow did decent but was limited to STs.

 

Pinter, Eason, Windsor, Patmon, etc., didn't see much daylight.

 

Overall I'm very happy. But again, I expect anyone taken in the 1st two rounds to contribute early. I expect Pittman and Taylor to take a step forward this year. Blackmon is a wildcard to me. Rodgers is interesting, and I'd absolutely love it if he defied his size and developed into a starting CB along with his elite STs ceiling. I think Patmon could surprise too. The rest I have very modest expectations of. 

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23 hours ago, Fluke_33 said:

Add in the buckner trade and you have the imagined scene from A Christmas Story where the teacher is writing A++++ on Raphies report.  lol

I consider Buckner our 1st round draft pick.  

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On 2/18/2021 at 11:33 AM, ColtV said:

Maybe fairer to say every other year. 2018 and 2020 drafts have produced far better results than 2017 and 2019


Only Time will tell on 2019... Those boys can either fizzle or they can start balling out. 
 

either way, 2021 draft is where the stacking needs to happen. From now forward, this free agency and draft is tremendous opportunity to put this team in a longterm championship window. 

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Exactly. Now the work done is, oddly, even more paramount, because as we know you can only pay so many core players. These next 4 drafts will be filling in gaps for so many who don't get extended. 

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He was able to draft players who had to or were used right away. Rookies look good when playing well for 14 or more games. Other teams have rookies waiting their turn still so the grades were low for them. That being said I want Ballard to manage to finally draft a good CB and DE. When that happens I will be happy. 

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13 hours ago, ColtStrong2013 said:


Only Time will tell on 2019... Those boys can either fizzle or they can start balling out. 
 

either way, 2021 draft is where the stacking needs to happen. From now forward, this free agency and draft is tremendous opportunity to put this team in a longterm championship window. 

Agree.  This draft , especially the 1st two picks, and FA should be used to fill the four major needs and set up a longterm run.  

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So we’re number one on the NFLN’s list...   and we’re  number two on ESPN’s list.

 

Not too bad for a team whose first pick was 34 and for whom trading pick 13 for Buckner didn’t even count! 

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So Ballard now has the 2018 and 2020 draft classes being ranked number 1 under his belt in his first 4 years. All I can say is, for all the bad grigson did in his seemingly forever tenure with the colts, Chris Ballard has made up for it and then some in just 4 years. If he keeps this up and continues to draft like this he’ll go down as one of the best GM’s ever and the colts have him for a long long time. That 2018 class is already looking like the best draft class in colts history. I mean 3 first team all pro players in one draft? Most GM’s would be happy to have drafted 1 first team all pro player once every few years but to draft 3 in one draft is pretty remarkable. Got to give credit to the scouts and director of operations too. 

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