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Haven't had a lot of time to do mock drafts, but here's my last one just before the draft


1. Brian Thomas Jr. WR LSU


Unique size and speed that can get behind defenses with ease for the home run play. With AR's arm strength, he and BTJ can put fear in defenses.




Colts trade down with the Bucs for their second and third and for the colts second and fourth.


2. T.J Tampa CB Iowa State


Physical hard hitting CB with tight coverage. Give us our CB tandem of the future and we have a lot of depth now with Jaylen Jones and Flowers.


3. Calen Bullock S USC


With Blackmon back at SS, we need a rangy FS and Bullock fits the bill. Needs to add 10-15 pounds, but Bullock has the size and speed to make plays in our zone defense.




Colts trade down again from the Bucs pick with the Chiefs for their third and fourth for the colts 3rd and 5th


3. Audric Estime RB Notre Dame


Tremendous 2023 for the Irish with 1300 yards and 18 tds and fills the backup RB role after Zach Moss leaves for Cincy.


4. Zak Zinter G Michigan


Could be a reach, but his injuries could drop his draft stock. Solid in both pass and run protection and adds much needed depth.


6. J.D Bertrand LB Notre Dame 


Probably another reach, but running 4.8 at 235 pounds could drop his draft stock. Downhill hitter and can be contributing to ST right away.


7. Makari Paige S Michigan


Big S at 6 4 200 pounds for more depth.


Have at it.

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If Ballard picks these, I'll go up and kiss him myself.

The only thing missing is a DE, but this draft quite frankly sucks at the DE position, so no harm there.

This draft has both the offensive weapon, the defensive backs, the free safety that we don't have, and good leaders and players in the later rounds that fill Future Needs.


Special notes:


Is Will Fries truly the long-time starter at RG?  Or did he just not suck as much last year so that we didn't complain?  Adding Zak Zinter to the mix gave us a quality rookie to develop in case Fries doesn't advance any more than were he is.


LB's Franklin and Speed are both out-of-the-way finds for Ballard, and props to him for finding them.  But their PFF scores tell a different story than the hype they're getting.  They may make a lot of tackles, but a lot of them are by tackling the guy they were covering, who caught the ball for the first down anyway.  We needed to bring in somebody who could challenge them.  I love the JD Bertrand pick.  He's a 3-year starter, 3-year team leader in tackles, and 2-year team captain.  Very athletic, who made lots of splash plays.  He's a little more of a finesse tackler than a bruiser, and will need someone to absorb the blocks for him in order to be effective.  (You mean like Leonard?  Uh...  Yeah, like that.)


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