By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG
Rebuilding a team can take more than a season. But when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, under the command of general manager Chris Ballard, the rebuild is almost complete.
During the rebuilding process, Ballard’s focus was to make over this team and gather young weapons to make a postseason run. Perhaps we saw a preview last season when the Colts caught fire after a slow 1-5 start that eventually led them to a surprising postseason run.
Ballard started this process with his second-round picks. Particularly, of course, we all know the story of linebacker Darius Leonard, a player that Ballard drafted in 2018. Some questioned the pick. But he now leads as one of the Top NFL Players 25-and-younger brigade along with Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson. And don’t forget, he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018.
In Ballard We Trust. It’s the motto I know I have used going into the 2019 NFL Draft. And that kicked into full gear when Ballard traded away his first-round pick for a second-round pick. What was his mindset? Ballard mentioned in his presser that “real value was around picks 14-70.” He believed that the number of solid players that were available in the second-round would be players that the team would be more comfortable with.
With that said, Chris Ballard selected a player that will be a great addition to the team, wide receiver Parris Campbell from Ohio State.
#Colts’ skill positions (RB/WR/TE) last season:
– averaged 4.54 yards after the catch per reception (30th of 32)
Parris Campbell last season (out of 364 FBS WR’s):
– 809 YAC (2nd-most)
– 8.9 yards after the catch per reception (10th) pic.twitter.com/cbUpWhPjyq
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Earlier in the week, former Colts WR Reggie Wayne had stated that of all the seasons he has played, Campbell “did not waste time making an impression” on the coaches. The rookie has speed, is a smooth runner and is natural with the ball. He is going to be a breakout candidate during his rookie campaign.
There is no doubt that Campbell will be competing for a starter spot on the roster. There is also no doubt that this kid’s speed is going to separate him from the rest, especially running a 4.32 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and had an 82% catch rate at OSU. Parris will serve as a great compliment not only to WR T.Y Hilton, but to newly added WR Devin Funchess as well.
In conclusion, I believe Ballard has found another second round gem in the making with Parris Campbell.
Chris Ballard. He understands that rebuilding a team takes time. But as I have stated before, he is close to completing the mission.
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