Teams always need quarterbacks, but not like this year. A draft always has quarterbacks, but not like this year. Plus, Penn State running Saquon Barkley looks special. Put those together, and it’s not a mock to see the draft unfold like so:
And if Chubb isn’t there at No. 6 Someone else fabulous will be, someone like Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson (6-5, 329) or Virginia Tech outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (6-5, 253, 4.53 seconds in the 40) or Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (6-1, 201, 4.46-second 40).
And all of it points to the season the Colts will go for it:
Yes, I know, nobody likes to wait. You didn’t pay thousands of dollars for your 2018 season tickets — the Colts played mind games before the renewal deadline — to watch the Colts spend the 2018 season building for 2019. But that’s not exactly what is happening here. The Colts aren’t tanking. They traded one pick in 2018 for three picks in 2018 (plus one in 2019). Those players will make an immediate difference.
But the Colts are clearly building, amassing young talent, and let’s go ahead and mention the elephant in the room. Brilliant and stubborn elephant, as they always are:
That’s why if he could turn the sixth pick into something in the 10 to 12 range and add another second-rounder, I believe he’d do it. At six, he’d likely have a chance at pass-rusher Bradley Chubb or guard Quenton Nelson. At 11, let’s say, he’d have a chance at a desperately needed rangy linebacker like Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds
A second trade would mean Ballard would have turned the third overall pick into five players who would have a chance to start from this one trade alone. Colts’ picks in the top four rounds now: 6, 36, 37, 49, 67, 104. If I were Ballard, I might trade down from 6 to Buffalo at 12 if the Bills would deal the 53rd overall pick and maybe the 96th pick as wellseeing that the price for a quarterback is more of a premium. But of course, this is probably a night-of-the-draft deal, because the Bills would have to see a quarterback they’d want here.