Colts general manager Chris Ballard tries to justify not writing LT
One of the biggest winners in this year’s draft was the Colts LT Sam tevi. Signed at a modest
one year pact in March, Tevi was at the top of Indy’s left tackle depth graph as a result of Anthony Castonzoretirement, but it was widely expected that the team would draft a potential replacement for Castonzo.
Even though Virginia Tech Christian darrisaw was available for Colts with pick # 21, GM Chris Ballard chose to strengthen his defense even further by selecting Michigan DE Kwity Paye. And while this year’s draft was renowned for its tackling talent, Ballard also didn’t use the day 2 or day 3 pick for a tackle.
It doesn’t look like the Colts coppers were particularly high in LT’s best outlook. “It just didn’t fit,” Ballard said, Going through Stephen Holder of Athletic. “How many real left tackles were there in the draft? We’ll see. … If you want to draft a guy this high, and you draft him to be a left tackle, you’d like to know he will be his entire career.
Now for more on Indianapolis, starting with some additional notes on the team’s LT situation:
- Even though the Colts enjoyed Paye and the second-round pick Dayo Odeyingbo on all LTs available at the time, the owner Jim Irsay admitted there were several tackles in the fourth and fifth rounds that they would have drafted but missed, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star.
- Irsay suggested the team are comfortable with Tevi as the starting LT, but he left the door open for another acquisition. “We think Tevi can do a solid job there beside that line that he’s joining,” he said. “There are other options that can come down the line”, via the holder.
- Irsay previously indicated that the team would prefer to keep Quenton Nelson to the left guard instead of moving it to LT, and perhaps one of the “options that may come up” he spoke of is Chiefs LT Eric fisher, which is still on the market.
- We recently heard that the Colts are hoping to extend KG Darius leonard and OT Braden smith, and you can add RB Nyheim Hines to this mixture. As Mike Chappell from Fox 59 writing, Irsay said he wanted his team to explore a re-up with the NC State product, which is eligible for a free agency next year. Hines is a formidable receiver out of the backfield and has become a quality punt returner, but the team have a sophomore pro. Jonathan taylor like his RB1, and Marlon mack is also back in the fold. As Irsay pointed out, “It just depends on what the numbers are.”
- Colts just wrote Texas call sign Sam ehlinger, adding him to a quarterback room that also includes 2020 UDFA Jalen Morton and 2020 fourth-round picks Jacob Eason. All three players will be vying to serve as Carson Wentzthe best substitute, but head coach Frank Reich stated that Eason will be in pencil as QB2 for now, via Erickson. However, Reich was clear that Morton and Ehlinger would receive a fair share.