Chris Ballard on what it would take to move up to No. 1 in draft: That this is no freaking doubt the guy

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The Bears will listen to offers for the No. 1 overall pick. It’s what every team does that has the first selection, especially those that aren’t in the market for a quarterback.

The Jaguars obviously didn’t get an offer they thought enough of to move down last year and stayed put to draft Travon Walker.

The Colts draft fourth, two spots behind their division rivals in the Texans, who also are in need of a quarterback. So, it’s natural for everyone to wonder whether the Colts will attempt to leap frog Houston.

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard pumped the brakes on speculation of a move up the draft board.

“I know this was coming up, because I know all the speculation out there,” Ballard said. “One, to move up, there’s got to be a guy worthy of it. This is what’s great right now: Everybody has just automatically stamped that you’ve got to move up to one to get it right. I don’t know if I agree with that. I don’t. But that’s going to be the narrative, and that’s OK. . . . But I don’t know if that’s the right course of business. When we meet as a staff and we say, ‘OK, this is what we need to do. This is the guy for the next 10 to 15 years,’ and we think he’s the right guy, sure we’ll do it. But who’s to say we won’t get one at four?”

Ballard said the only way the Colts consider the move is: “That we were just convicted. That this is no freaking doubt the guy.”

Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud are considered the top two prospects, ahead of Kentucky’s Will Levis and Florida’s Anthony Richardson.

While the Colts might not move up in the draft, it seems certain they will draft a quarterback. The team has failed to get the position right since drafting Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall selection in 2012.

The Colts have started seven quarterbacks since Luck’s abrupt retirement on the heels of the 2019 season. Matt Ryan, for whom the Colts traded a year ago, remains on the roster for now.

But after four consecutive bridge quarterbacks — Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Ryan — it’s time for the Colts to try a different route.

5 responses to “Chris Ballard on what it would take to move up to No. 1 in draft: That this is no freaking doubt the guy

  1. Houston and Indy both seem to have the same mindset; that they can stay put and still get a player they love … even if it’s not the same guy the media loves. I’m not saying they won’t move up, just that they won’t be the ones to overpay to do it. In my mind; there are only two team who realistically will overpay a little to move up to the #1 spot. They are Carolina and the Raiders. Plus one dark-horse nobody is talking about moving up to the #1 spot? Arizona

  2. I’d be surprised if Chicago is willing to trade down lower than 4, but Arizona is interesting. Hadn’t considered them at all.

  3. Trading up for QB is almost NEVER a good idea. Mahomes is rare exception and the lure of a guy like him is why teams will always do it. Bills also scored with Allen. The Falcons scored big with Vick. But consider that the Chargers took that Vick trade and landed LT then early in round 2 took Drew Brees. Of course they ran Brees out of town in favor of Rivers. They could’ve taken Larry Fitzgerald instead of Rivers and kept Brees. Imagine a team with Brees, LT and Fitz. Also consider these QBs that teams traded up to draft as top ten picks. Darnold, Rosen, Trubisky, Goff, Wentz, RG3, Ryan Leaf, Gabbert, Sanchez, and the mighty Jeff George. Seems to me your best move is to stay where you are and just draft the best player you can and build a great team. A QB will emerge. Many an average QB has taken a team to a Super Bowl, a few have even won one. Jimmy G, Foles, Kappernick, Flacco, Rex Grossman, Hasselback, Jake Delhomme, Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, Kerry Collins, Chris Chandler, Neil O’Donnell, Stan Humphries, Mark Rypien, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Hostetler, Phil Simms, Jim McMahon, Tony Eason, Vince Ferragamo, Woodlley/Strock, Craig Morton, Billy Kilmer, Earl Morrall, and Russell Wilson. Everyone of those QBs were surrounded by great defenses and offensive lines and dangerous skill position players. Don’t pass on the next JJ Watt, Aaron Donald, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, or Troy Polamalu to chase a QB. Great QBs come from everywhere in the draft. Some don’t even get drafted and have to stock supermarket shelves until their time comes. Some get taken in the 6th round and ride the bench until Mo Lewis knocks out the guy in front of them. Just sayin’ Don’t panic. Just build a great O Line and D line and the rest will follow. Getting lucky is helpful too.

  4. There isn’t a “this is a no freaking doubt guy” at QB in this draft! There’s a couple of them but they aren’t QBs and one of them I believe blew his chances of even getting drafted in the 1st round and maybe not at all.

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