Frank Ballard

The Colts Roster Construction

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By TylerHabursky February 29, 2020 0 Comment
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Ever since Chris Ballard took over in Indianapolis, the Colts roster has had a complete change of direction. They have built a very solid roster in a different way than most would expect. They’ve been able to remain afloat even after Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement. Going through the Colts roster, you may notice a lack of star-power, but that’s okay. Outside of Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard, there aren’t too many guys who are at the top of their position group across the league. This is because of their draft philosophy.

Draft

Ballard is always more likely to move back in the draft than to move up. In recent years, he has done this multiple times like trading back for Nelson and also for Rock Ya-Sin. Compared to other rosters around the league, the Colts have some of the most depth. This is simply because they’re able to acquire so many picks and have more chances at being right in the draft. Some of my favorite depth pieces they have are Nyheim Hines, Tyquan Lewis, Ben Banogu, Rock Ya-Sin, and Marvell Tell III. Some of these players are still developing and have had some bumps in the road. Nonetheless, they were still some favorites of mine in the draft.

Free Agency

It is also fairly easy to tell that Ballard values the trenches and wants to build through them. This is a theme that we see from a lot of successful teams and GMs. When it comes to free agency, the Colts rarely spend big money on any guys from other organizations. When they do bring in players from other teams it is usually on a cheap, prove it deal. They were able to bring in Devin Funchess from Carolina last year for a 1 year, $8 million contract. 

What’s Next?

So what’s next for Indy? As the Colts front office and coaching staff is able to stay in town for the combine they will be preparing for the upcoming draft and free agency. Their roster is built to win now and has so much depth and so few needs. However, in 2019 Jacoby Brissett proved to everyone that he is not the franchise guy. Brissett is a good backup/spot starter, but preferably not the starter. Ballard has a few options at Quarterback. Phillip Rivers will hit the free agent market and could be the guy to step in at Quarterback for a team that is ready to win now. The Colts also have the 13th pick in the draft and unless they trade up, Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert will all likely be gone before their pick. That leaves Utah State’s, Jordan Love, who just seems like a Chris Ballard guy. They may even consider trading up for Love just to secure their guy. I’d also say they have a need at the Wide Receiver position. T.Y Hilton is a proven starter, but they need more help. I see Parris Campbell as someone that could step in down the road, but they still need help there.

These next few months could be very busy for Ballard and company and I look forward to see what moves they make this off season.

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