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Seven Takeaways from Colts GM Chris Ballard’s Pre-Draft Press Conference

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Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard spoke to the media briefly on Friday afternoon ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.

While the Colts do not currently have a first round pick, it is a franchise that has the #42 overall pick, as well as 6 other selections come draft weekend:

  • Round 2: No. 42 (from WAS)
  • Round 3: No. 73 (from WAS)
  • Round 4: No. 122
  • Round 5: No. 159
  • Round 5: No. 179
  • Round 6: No. 216
  • Round 7: No. 239

Without further ado, here are a few takeaways:


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1. Colts Eyeing Playmaking Receivers, But Still Bullish on Current Group


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2. Colts Will Still Take ‘the Best Player Available’ Approach


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3. Talks with Veteran Free Agent T.Y. Hilton Still Ongoing


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4. Look for a ‘Sophomore-Year Surge’ by Dayo—Another Year Removed from an Achilles Tear


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5. Colts Had Been ‘Shadowing’ Stephon Gilmore for a While During Free Agency


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6. Have to Utilize Electric RB Nyheim Hines More in 2022


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7. Only 5 or 6 ‘Blue Chip’ Prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft