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I'll be 100% honest with you guys I don't know near the amount of prospect this year as I have in the past 10 years. With the uncertainty at QB and not knowing what picks we would have I just  avoided looking into prospects plus the whole covid shortened season and guys opting out was just a mess to me. Now that we know what we have tell me some of your favorite prospects for the year. Early round guys mid and late so I can begin to binge some game film.

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Payton Turner, DE Houston

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB Syracuse

Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State

Hamsah Nasirldeen, SAF Florida State 

Greg Newsome, CB Northwestern

Liam Eichenberg, OT Norte Dame

Jabril Cox, LB LSU

 

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4 hours ago, Defjamz26 said:

Payton Turner, DE Houston

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB Syracuse

Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State

Hamsah Nasirldeen, SAF Florida State 

Greg Newsome, CB Northwestern

Liam Eichenberg, OT Norte Dame

Jabril Cox, LB LSU

 

I'm a big fan of all these guys. I would add Jaelon Darden WR, North Texas, and Shaka Toney, DE PennState, Robert Rochell, CB. I think Dardon could be a good solution if Campbell can't stay healthy and I think Toney could be a good late round flyer on a potential undersized pass rush specialist. Robert Rochelle is a small school guy with all the physical traits Ballard loves.

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13 hours ago, DownHillRunner said:

Day 2 guys: 

Dillon Radunz, Jackson Carman, Jayson Oweh, Nico Collins, Pat Friermuth and Joe Tyron.

Big fan of Collins and Joe Tryon as well.

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The guy I really like will be long gone. Pitts from Florida. He's listed as a TE but he's really a big receiver and a huge mismatch anywhere on the field. Also like friemuth (sp), the TE from notre dame. Kadarious toney and nicole collins. And I like kyle trask. I just cannot  understand why he's rated so low. His pro day is going to be interesting.

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Walker Little, LT Stanford.  6' 7" 320 LBs.  I could really see Ballard surprising everyone with this pick.  He was a heavily recruited 5 star tackle from Texas who went to Stanford.  At the start of the 2019 season he was projected to be an Outland Trophy Winner and a top 10 draft pick.  He injured a knee in the 1st game of 2019 and missed the entire season.  In 2020 he opted out to concentrate on preparing for the draft after declaring for it in Sept 2020.  I believe the Pac 12 eventually cancelled their season due to Covid.  He has not played in two years but was considered one of the top tackles in 2019 before his injury.  He is the classic under the radar player who could turn out to be a real stud when he takes the field. 

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7 minutes ago, richard pallo said:

Walker Little, LT Stanford.  6' 7" 320 LBs.  I could really see Ballard surprising everyone with this pick.  He was a heavily recruited 5 star tackle from Texas who went to Stanford.  At the start of the 2019 season he was projected to be an Outland Trophy Winner and a top 10 draft pick.  He injured a knee in the 1st game of 2019 and missed the entire season.  In 2020 he opted out to concentrate on preparing for the draft after declaring for it in Sept 2020.  I believe the Pac 12 eventually cancelled their season due to Covid.  He has not played in two years but was considered one of the top tackles in 2019 before his injury.  He is the classic under the radar player who could turn out to be a real stud when he takes the field. 

 

I think Little played in roughly 20 games,  with about 12-14 as actual starts over his time.    So, he has very little actual tape to grade.    Anyone drafting him will be working on mostly projection.    What might he be someday?    His medical reports will be HUGE for him.   Still,  I find it hard to see him going in the first round now unless he tests shockingly well in the next two months.

 

So, I see him more likely to be picked in the 2nd round...   or even the top of the 3rd if something doesn't go well (medical reports or athletic testing)    A real boom or possible bust for the team willing to gamble.    I hope we can grab him at pick 54,  but I'm not holding my breath.    He could easily be grabbed before that.   Or not.   He's a risk on a number of levels.

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On 2/22/2021 at 4:37 AM, Defjamz26 said:

Payton Turner, DE Houston

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB Syracuse

Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State

Hamsah Nasirldeen, SAF Florida State 

Greg Newsome, CB Northwestern

Liam Eichenberg, OT Norte Dame

Jabril Cox, LB LSU

 

 

If the Colts go OT in the first,  then Turner is high on my wish list for our 2nd round pick.  

 

From what I read,  he has lots of the traits that Ballard values.    I think there's a good match for Turner and the Colts.

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Non Day 1 guys:

 

Dillon Radunz ( Could be a surprise #1)

D’Wayne Eskridge

D’Ante Smith

Chris Rumph II (as a LB)

Christian Uphoff

Nashon Wright

Peyton Turner

Jadan Blue (though I’m not 100% sure he declared for the draft)

 

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1 hour ago, coltsfanmurf said:

 

I forgot about Adebo.  Another I hope we can grab this year.

Adebo is a great scheme fit but idk how I feel about his tackling and that’s really important in a Cover-2.

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My personal favorites so far:

 

Eichenberg (Notre Dame) OT

Cosmi (Texas) at OT

Adebo (Stanford) CB

Newsome (Northwestern)

Molden (Washington) CB

Farley (Virginia Tech CB

Wilson (BYU) QB

Bateman (Minnesota) WR

Moehrig (TCU) S

Holland (Oregon) at S

Nixon (Iowa) DT

Toney (Penn State) DE

 

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1 hour ago, tvturner said:

My personal favorites so far:

 

Eichenberg (Notre Dame) OT

Cosmi (Texas) at OT

Adebo (Stanford) CB

Newsome (Northwestern)

Molden (Washington) CB

Farley (Virginia Tech CB

Wilson (BYU) QB

Bateman (Minnesota) WR

Moehrig (TCU) S

Holland (Oregon) at S

Nixon (Iowa) DT

Toney (Penn State) DE

 


Appreciate you including the school and the position along with the name.   Too many posters here don’t do that.   They just give a name. 
 

Thanks.....      :thmup:

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On 2/23/2021 at 5:39 PM, NewColtsFan said:

 

If the Colts go OT in the first,  then Turner is high on my wish list for our 2nd round pick.  

 

From what I read,  he has lots of the traits that Ballard values.    I think there's a good match for Turner and the Colts.

Yeah I finally got around to watching the tape and he definitely jumps out. I also thought about taking him in the 2nd. As you said, it’s a perfect match. Especially if Melifonwu (who is also a perfect match) is gone. 

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Jaycee Horn- CB- S Carolina- Son of Joe Horn, athletic and  rangy. Lockdown corner who improved every season in SEC

 

 

Tarron Jackson- Edge-Coastal Carolina- Sack machine and TFL at 1 per game over career, lead team to 11-1 record and nation ranking.

 

David Moore-Grambling-Guard- Powerful, great foot work been working with Bruce Mathews,dominated Senior Bowl workouts which raised his draft standing quite a bit

 

 

 

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On 2/21/2021 at 10:00 PM, danlhart87 said:

Notre Dame Fist Bump GIF by Notre Dame Fighting Irish

If we could land Eichenberg (Q's future left side partner) in the 2nd round, that'd be awesome.  This guy would step right in to the left talk spot and he and Nelson would dominate for YEARS to come!

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These are the guys I like that aren't really main stream media thoughts - obviously if Patrick Surtain was available, or Jaycee Horn then they would be the obvious choices, but, when you get deeper in the draft, these are my guys to compete for starting spots and/or beat out our depth players to make improvements at the margins!

 

Jacoby Stevens - LSU - Hybrid FS/SS/LB - 6'2" & 230 - lines up everywhere and covers ground and people - good at everything, not really great at one

Joshuah Bledsoe - Mizzou - Hybrid CB/FS/SS/NB - 6'0" & 200 - same thing as above - good at everything, not really great at one

 

Benjamin St-Juste - MN - CB - 6'3" & 205 - Senior Bowl highest rated CB - has all measurements

Ifeatu Melifonwu - Syracuse - CB - 6'3" & 213 - physical freak with all measurables

Israel Mukuamu - South Carolina - CB - 6'4" & 205 - long athlete could be used at safety as well

 

Jabril Cox - LSU - LB - 6'3" & 233 - good sideline to sideline athlete to add to the depth

 

Daviyon Nixon - Iowa - DT - 6'3" & 305 - can sub for the big man at UT and can come in at dime and rush the passer from the DT spot

 

Jayson Oweh - Penn State - DE - 6'5" & 252 - Dwight Freeney speed off the edge

Ronnie Perkins - OK - DE - 6'3" & 247 - rated as highest edge setter and pass rusher amongst this years edge rushers

Jordan Smith - UAB - DE - 6'7" & 255 - length and strength to go speed to power or vice versa

Quincy Roche - UM - DE - 6'3" & 245 - loved him at Temple before the transfer

Chris Rumph II - Duke - DE - 6'4" & 235 - I would comp him to Mathis - except Duke lined him up inside A LOT

 

Tommy Doyle - Miami (OH) - OT - 6'8" 328 - smaller school prospect but is long and strong

D'Ante Smith - ECU - OT - 6'4" & 290 - 35 inch arms with good feet, needs functional strength added

 

Ben Cleveland - GA - OG - 6'6" & 335 would make the Nelson move to LT palatable

Trey Smith - TN - OG - 6'6" & 330 would make the Nelson move to LT palatable

 

Tommy Tremble - ND - TE - 6'4" & 242 - Best athlete at ND, used almost exclusively as a blocker at FB/HB/Inline TE and is excellent at it, but would be an excellent "move" TE as well as he showed a bit of that there

Kylen Granson - SMU - TE - 6'3" & 235 - pure pass catching athlete - converted WR

Quintin Morris - BGU - TE 6'4" & 248 - pure pass catching athlete - converted WR

 

Tamorrion Terry - FSU - WR - 6'4" & 210 - "Scary Terry" takes the top off

Marquez Stevenson - HOU - WR - 6'0" & 190 - Combo of Darden and Terry - speed aplenty with some moves mixed in

Jaelon Darden -North Texas - WR - 5'9" & 174 - think rookie year TY with his speed and moves

Isaiah McKoy - Kent State - WR - 6'3" & 185 - good route runner and speed to burn

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14 minutes ago, Franchise said:

Jacoby Stevens - LSU - Hybrid FS/SS/LB - 6'2" & 230 - lines up everywhere and covers ground and people - good at everything, not really great at one

Joshuah Bledsoe - Mizzou - Hybrid CB/FS/SS/NB - 6'0" & 200 - same thing as above - good at everything, not really great at one

I think we should consider drafting a hybrid SS/LB to pair with Leonard.  Maybe simply draft a new WILL, and move Leonard to MIKE. 

 

I think we can do better than Willis and Oke.  We still seem to give up too much in the middle, and having a stud Hybrid player matched with Leonard will better secure the middle of the field on all three downs.  JMO.  Then get another FS who would cheat to the deep side. (maybe that's Tell)  And Blackmon can cheat towards roam the underneath more like Bob Sanders used to.

 

If we went OT at 21, then a speedy back-seven hybrid guy at 54, that would be great.

 

Will have to do more study on the players you mentioned.

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1 hour ago, DougDew said:

I think we should consider drafting a hybrid SS/LB to pair with Leonard.  Maybe simply draft a new WILL, and move Leonard to MIKE. 

 

I think we can do better than Willis and Oke.  We still seem to give up too much in the middle, and having a stud Hybrid player matched with Leonard will better secure the middle of the field on all three downs.  JMO.  Then get another FS who would cheat to the deep side. (maybe that's Tell)  And Blackmon can cheat towards roam the underneath more like Bob Sanders used to.

 

If we went OT at 21, then a speedy back-seven hybrid guy at 54, that would be great.

 

Will have to do more study on the players you mentioned.

Like Cato June, Brackett and Sanders with Bethea over the top of them......could be why they have interest in Jacoby Stevens? Newer publications say he is playing at around 215 lbs now instead of 230.....could work!

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18 minutes ago, Franchise said:

Like Cato June, Brackett and Sanders with Bethea over the top of them......could be why they have interest in Jacoby Stevens? Newer publications say he is playing at around 215 lbs now instead of 230.....could work!

With the lack of college games and a normal combine, I have not followed prospects like I normally do.

 

Where did you find that the Colts were interested in Stevens?

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1 hour ago, DougDew said:

I think we should consider drafting a hybrid SS/LB to pair with Leonard.  Maybe simply draft a new WILL, and move Leonard to MIKE. 

 

I think we can do better than Willis and Oke.  We still seem to give up too much in the middle, and having a stud Hybrid player matched with Leonard will better secure the middle of the field on all three downs.  JMO.  Then get another FS who would cheat to the deep side. (maybe that's Tell)  And Blackmon can cheat towards roam the underneath more like Bob Sanders used to.

 

If we went OT at 21, then a speedy back-seven hybrid guy at 54, that would be great.

 

Will have to do more study on the players you mentioned.


For what it’s worth, Ballard has talked about the WILL as the key LB spot of the three.  As it is, when there’s only one LB on the field, it’s Leonard.   So he plays some MIKE. 
 

Ballard talks about the WILL as the key to the LBers as he does the 3Tech being the key to the DL.   Those are the top two spots on his defense.  
 

 

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3 minutes ago, DougDew said:

With the lack of college games and a normal combine, I have not followed prospects like I normally do.

 

Where did you find that the Colts were interested in Stevens?

In the pinned thread about players the Colts have expressed interest in.  There a post with a tweet and I think a link to a StampedeBlue story.  We’ve shown interest.  

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2 minutes ago, NewColtsFan said:


For what it’s worth, Ballard has talked about the WILL as the key LB spot of the three.  As it is, when there’s only one LB on the field, it’s Leonard.   So he plays some MIKE. 
 

Ballard talks about the WILL as the key to the LBers as he does the 3Tech being the key to the DL.   Those are the top two spots on his defense.  
 

 

Agreed.  I think we need to get better at MIKE and SS more than we do at corner (provided Rhodes is resigned).  

 

With all of the talk about RYS and the need for upgrades at corner, I think getting a better LB to play with Leonard would advance the defense farther, where ever the two of them play.

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19 minutes ago, DougDew said:

With the lack of college games and a normal combine, I have not followed prospects like I normally do.

 

Where did you find that the Colts were interested in Stevens?

LSU Safety JaCoby Stevens Says Colts Were Among the Teams He Had a Great Connection With at Senior Bowl (msn.com)https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/lsu-safety-jacoby-stevens-says-colts-were-among-the-teams-he-had-a-great-connection-with-at-senior-bowl/ar-BB1dEQwx?ocid=uxbndlbing

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8 minutes ago, DougDew said:

Agreed.  I think we need to get better at MIKE and SS more than we do at corner (provided Rhodes is resigned).  

 

With all of the talk about RYS and the need for upgrades at corner, I think getting a better LB to play with Leonard would advance the defense farther, where ever the two of them play.

I’m probably wrong...   but I don’t subscribe to the getting better at LB narrative.   
 

We have Leonard, Okereke, who I expect will get better, and I’m going to guess we go with either Speed or Adams and see if either of them can fill in for Walker who I don’t expect to return.   I think we give that a try for a year.
 

As I said, I’m probably wrong on this prediction. 

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On 2/25/2021 at 7:35 AM, holeymoley99 said:

Jaycee Horn- CB- S Carolina- Son of Joe Horn, athletic and  rangy. Lockdown corner who improved every season in SEC

 

 

Tarron Jackson- Edge-Coastal Carolina- Sack machine and TFL at 1 per game over career, lead team to 11-1 record and nation ranking.

 

David Moore-Grambling-Guard- Powerful, great foot work been working with Bruce Mathews,dominated Senior Bowl workouts which raised his draft standing quite a bit

 

 

 

Looks like Colts found my guy Moore, great interview lifelong Colts fan to boot, models game after Q and Peyton is his favorite player of all time...just seems like a perfect fit to me.

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