Chris Ballard shrinking size of Colts draft board each year

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With six of the first 135 picks in this year’s draft, the Colts had more draft capital than many other teams.

They didn’t have an enormous draft board to consult before using those picks, however. General Manager Chris Ballard said that the team has steadily shrunk the size of their draft board over the course of his tenure with the team and expects to continue doing so in the years to come.

“I’d say this year we had 170 players on the board which is way down from where it was before,” Ballard said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “I think last year we were at 220, I can’t even remember the number from my first year. But yeah, it makes it easier to navigate when you have fewer names that you know fit what you want. I think when we really get it right, and we get it down to about 125, 150, that’s when we’ll have really honed down exactly what a Colt is for our schemes. And not only from a player perspective, how he’s going to fit on the team, but also from a character perspective.”

Regardless of how many players are under consideration, you still have to pick the right ones once you’re on the clock. Ballard hit on that front in 2018 and more of the same this year should only make it easier for the Colts to stick with the same approach for years to come.

14 responses to “Chris Ballard shrinking size of Colts draft board each year

  1. This guy gets too much credit how bout you do something in playoffs before we start hailing colts as the next team. Their soft and always have been

  2. The problem is the oversights off the board that turn into STUDS!!! They are always there late and by doing this you limit your chances of acquisition than ever by not even knowing they exist!!!!

  3. terripet says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:39 am
    Only thing the patriots are not good at drafting
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    Most of the starting offense and defense in the SB were players they drafted. They always pick at the end of the round, so the big names are always gone. They seem to do okay with the players they do draft.

    Think about their last SB win on offense.
    Brady, Edelman, Gronk, White, Michel, Thuney, Cannon, Andrews, Mason.

  4. lgw91s says:
    May 20, 2019 at 9:14 am
    terripet says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:39 am
    Only thing the patriots are not good at drafting
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    Most of the starting offense and defense in the SB were players they drafted. They always pick at the end of the round, so the big names are always gone. They seem to do okay with the players they do draft.

    Think about their last SB win on offense.
    Brady, Edelman, Gronk, White, Michel, Thuney, Cannon, Andrews, Mason.

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    And that doesn’t even count the guys on D. When you think about it, all of the names you just listed on offense are arguably the best in the Conference at their positions.

    Joe Thuney, the very good LG acquired in the Chandler Jones fleece job by BB on cost alone is so so good, he’ll leave via FA after season because BB can’t afford him.

    They put the money into Mason and it’s they drafted “the Great Dane” this year out of Arkansas.

    Only in rural Indiana do stupid people believe that BB can’t draft, as the Pats go to yet another Super Bowl.

    lmao

    Can’t be made up. Just can’t.

    Between the Jets and Colts, I don’t know who is more dumb.

  5. carloswlassiter says:
    May 20, 2019 at 7:27 am
    This guy is good at his job.

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    Proof please?

    What’s next, Dorset is an accomplished legend and on his way to the HOF?

    Why is it that all these hyped up GMs are over-hyped a BB runs circles around them as a GM and BB never wins whe Exec of the Year award alongside Caserio?

  6. What’s next, Dorset is an accomplished legend and on his way to the HOF?
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    Ballard didn’t draft Dorsett, genius. He DID, however, fleece Belichick in trading Dorsett to the Pats. Maybe that’s what you meant?

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