With the draft just a couple of weeks away, we delve into the drafts that GM Chris Ballard has participated in. How have his draft picks fared so far?
Chris Ballard took over as General Manager in 2017. He has only had a one of draft under his belt. But using that draft, we can find out what he values in a prospect and how well he has done evaluating talent so far.
Last year’s draft seems to be a good one so far. Along with Hooker, the Colts took Marlon Mack, Nate Hairston, and Quincy Wilson, who were all contributors last season. Mack looks like the best pick and is already a good running back. Wilson needs to be healthy next year to make an accurate evaluation on, and Hairston did a good job filling in at corner.
Tarell Basham did come on late in the season. He was able to put some pressure on the quarterback, which was something the Colts did not do well most of the season. He should improve in a 4-3 defensive scheme as well.
It will still take time to see what happens with all of these players. It is too early to label any of these players really good or really bad. They still will develop under the new coaching staff and will continue to learn how to be pros.
All of these players being selected show that Ballard is looking for a certain kind of player. These players all have a good work ethic and are coachable. Look for that theme to show up in this year’s draft as well as future drafts under Ballard. He is working to establish a certain culture in Indianapolis, and will only draft players that fit that culture.
Overall, Ballard has done a good job drafting so far. Hopefully for Colts fans, he can continue that success this year.