Chris Ballard details the story of how the Indianapolis Colts decided that Alec Pierce would be the team’s first-overall draft pick. In the 2022 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts had a weekend that they could best describe as hitting the lottery. They were able to get several players that they had high on their Draft board.
Chris Ballard, general manager for the Indianapolis Colts, explains how one of his biggest mistakes led to Indy drafting Bernhard Raimann. Chris Ballard has been receiving a lot of praise for his time as general manager with the Indianapolis Colts. This offseason, especially, Ballard has been applauded for his work to improve the team.
Colts GM Chris Ballard Details WR Alec Pierce’s ‘Unusual’ Pre-Draft Workout—And What He Brings to Indy
According to general manager Chris Ballard recently on ‘The Rich Eisen Show’, he detailed Indianapolis Colts’ top rookie wideout Alec Pierce’s ‘unusual’ workout with his team ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft at the University of Cincinnati—just a two-hour drive on I-74E:. “We...
INDIANAPOLIS – Occasionally, the normal analytics, measurables and psychological cues aren’t sufficient and don’t offer a true evaluation of an on-the-radar draft prospect. Sometimes, it’s a more simplistic reaction to what the eyes are seeing. Let’s call it a “Holy crap!” moment. Chris Ballard experienced a few of those as he and his personnel staff […]
INDIANAPOLIS – Occasionally, the normal analytics, measurables and psychological cues aren’t sufficient and don’t offer a true evaluation of an on-the-radar draft prospect. Sometimes, it’s a more simplistic reaction to what the eyes are seeing. Let’s call it a “Holy crap!” moment. Chris...
INDIANAPOLIS — The same thing happens every year. The further the NFL gets into the draft, the more the draft deviates from the consensus order the legions of draft analysts in the media have been tailoring and tinkering for months. It alters the perception of each team’s draft in the moment.
The Indianapolis Colts have not shied away from making trades to improve the team during the Chris Ballard era. During his stint in Indianapolis, the Colts have made a total of 16 trades with 10 different teams. Most notably, the Colts have traded with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the Philadelphia Eagles the most.
Leading up to the NFL Draft, Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts made it clear the type of players they’d select and what strategy they’d follow. Teams typically like to keep their cards close to their chest leading up to the NFL Draft. They never want to tip their pick or give other teams any idea what direction they will go.
Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard knew that he had a golden opportunity to cement his team as the unquestioned best squad in the AFC South after the rival Titans started to sell off their best pieces. Figuring out what to do with Carson Wentz had to be at the top of the priority list.
Chris Ballard suggests Colts might've cut or traded Carson Wentz even if they made the playoffs in 2021
The Colts wasted no time washing their hands of the 2021 Carson Wentz trade, dealing the quarterback to the Commanders this offseason, just one year after acquiring the former Eagles standout in a swap of draft picks. All indications are that Wentz's abrupt fall out of favor in Indianapolis stemmed from the Colts' poor regular-season finish, when the team failed to clinch a playoff berth despite back-to-back chances to close the year. Even if Indy had made the postseason, however, general manager Chris Ballard believes Wentz may very well have been traded or released anyway.
‘Gone in 60 Seconds’: Colts GM Chris Ballard details how he narrowly landed trade for safety Nick Cross
According to Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard on ‘The Colin Cowherd Podcast’, his team narrowly pulled of a draft weekend trade (hopefully, considered one day a heist) for coveted Maryland safety Nick Cross (Pick #96 by the Colts, after a trade up)—who was almost ‘gone in sixty seconds’, if not for some last minute heroics:
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According to Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard on ‘The Colin Cowherd Podcast’, while he has great respect for the Tennessee Titans’ top leadership, he still wants to whip his AFC South rival’s ‘butts’ every time:. “Well, I have great respect for Jon Robinson...
The Indianapolis Colts addressed their quarterback situation this offseason by trading for Matt Ryan. However, Baker Mayfield was said to be interested in Indy, and Colts general manager Chris Ballard shed light on the team’s interest level.
It was all right there for the 2021 Indianapolis Colts. After starting the season 0-3 and 3-5, they battled back into playoff position at 9-7 through the first 16 games. Even with a Week 17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, all they needed to do was defeat the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars that have now picked No. 1 overall in each of the last two NFL drafts to clinch a spot in the postseason.
First of all, a disclaimer: I truly believe that judging a draft class less than 3 seasons before it happened is stupid, as the ever-changing and unpredictable nature of the NFL means that what seemed like good picks at the time can bust really quickly, and what seemed like a terrible pick can work out tremendously. Look no further than the famous 2018 haul for the Colts, while I loved the Nelson pick, I thought Leonard was a terrible pick at that point, I thought Braden Smith was a mediocre pick, and I believed Nyheim Hines would be out of the roster by the start of the regular season. My favourite pick in that draft was Deon Cain, really... that was when I understood that you should always wait at least 3 seasons before passing judgement on a draft class, but taking that into account, we can still discuss our thoughts and opinions on the players taken by the Colts, realizing that nothing is certain and everything can change in a matter of weeks.
INDIANAPOLIS – A repetitive recap of the Indianapolis Colts’ day 2 work in the NFL Draft: Offense, offense, offense. Chris Ballard and his personnel staff added a 3rd-round pick in a trade with Denver to ensure landing Maryland safety Nick Collins, but that defensive twist was preceded by selections at three critical offensive positions. *Wideout: […]
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay likes to chat, so he invited some folks into his office Saturday afternoon to discuss the NFL Draft and the quarterback position. Matt Ryan isn't viewed as a one-year wonder The Colts' primary QBs in recent years have been: Jacoby Brissett (2017), Andrew Luck ('18), Brissett ('19), Philip Rivers...