Stephen HolderESPN3 Minute Read
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are doing little to disclaim the broadly speculated notion that they’re contemplating buying and selling up within the NFL draft.
Asked Wednesday on the scouting mix concerning the concept of buying and selling up from the No. 4 general choose, Colts common supervisor Chris Ballard did not precisely predict such a transfer, however he actually left the door open.
Asked what it might take for the Colts to make an aggressive transfer to accumulate a quarterback equivalent to Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ballard was emphatic.
“That we have been simply convicted that that is no freaking doubt the man,” he stated.
Ballard did make some try to muddy the waters.
“I do know all of the hypothesis on the market,” he stated. “To transfer up, there’s acquired to be a man worthy of it. … Everybody has simply robotically stamped that you have to transfer as much as [No.] 1 to get it proper. I do not know if I agree with that. But that is going to be the narrative, and that is OK.”
But mere moments later, Ballard went there once more, saying, “If, once we meet as a workers and we are saying, ‘OK, that is what we have to do. This is the man for the subsequent 10 to fifteen years and we expect he is the suitable man,’ we’ll do it. But who’s to say we cannot get one at [No.] 4?”
The Colts have endured 4 seasons of quarterback upheaval within the post-Andrew Luck period, following the franchise quarterback’s retirement in 2019. The Colts haven’t been this well-positioned to resolve the issue within the years since, and Ballard acknowledged that comes with some expectation that he’ll be aggressive.
“Let’s simply say we keep at 4, I can simply see the headlines,” he stated. “But, on the finish of the day, we have to consider in who we’re taking that we’re gonna win with. And I believe I stated this just a few years in the past, it might be straightforward for us simply to take one to get y’all off our ass. Buddy, we have to be proper and we need to be proper. So, we’ll do our due diligence, and on the finish of the day, we’ll take who we expect is the most effective participant.”
The uncommon alternative to resolve the quarterback subject didn’t come straightforward, Ballard added.
“It took loads of freaking ache to get there,” he stated, a reference to the Colts’ 4-12-1 file that earned them their excessive draft slot. “But whenever you’re there, it’s worthwhile to make the most of it.”
Regarding Young, the Colts spoke overtly concerning the measurement questions surrounding the participant most view as the highest quarterback prospect and whether or not it might sway them from choosing him.
“We’ve seen Hall of Famers which might be 6-foot, we have seen Hall of Famers which might be 6-5,” coach Shane Steichen stated. “Again, it is that ‘it’ issue, proper? It’s not a deal breaker. We’ve seen it completed. Drew Brees is a good instance. He’s phenomenal.”
Said Ballard: “He gained loads of video games on a giant stage. It was by no means too huge for him.”