2018’s draft class was one for the ages for the Colts. But just because that class was so good, doesn’t mean every draft class will be.
Chris Ballard is good. He is really good actually. He was able to draft two first-team All-Pro’s last season in that 2018 draft. That is not a normal thing for draft classes. And that is why Colts fans shouldn’t expect that to happen all of the time.
Ballard has shown the ability to be a great drafter. That is probably the biggest key for success for a GM. Drafting well puts your team in a good spot to perform for years to come. But now he has to learn how to draft well with later picks now that the Colts have had some success.
The Colts have the 26th overall pick in the draft this year as opposed to the 3rd. Ballard did a great job leveraging that 3rd pick into the 6th and a few other later picks. Now it will be interesting to see what he does picking later in each round. That shows the true mettle of a GM.
This year’s draft class should still be really good for the Colts. Ballard has shown the ability to get good quality players late in rounds. I would expect the same thing this year too. But it will be interesting to see how he drafts based on how he spends his cap money.
I’m not saying that the Colts won’t have a good draft class this season. What I am saying is that expectations need to be slightly tempered. To expect two more first-team All-Pro’s as rookies might be a little much to hope for. But it can still be a good class.
It would be great if Ballard can keep up the good work he did last year. But even if he doesn’t he will still do a good job.