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Old 03-14-2013, 12:32 PM   #1142
Mat'hir Uth Gan
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Originally Posted by Mediator12 View Post
I disagree with Ballard being the same Kind of RB as Taylor and that is WHY I drafted him. I also think he will be a late second early third for value MUG.

Now, I get to tell you why! He is the most complete RB in this draft and the Only red Flag he has is his speed. However, he reads things like a QB and he knows how to adjust like one in Pass Protection, Route selection, and setting up his blocks. His intelligence will make him successful in the NFL, even if he never leads the league in 40+ yard runs. I compare it to a LB who runs 4.7 but plays like he runs 4.5 because he diagnoses the play, reads his keys, and does not take poor angles or false steps.

Taylor knows how to get extra yards after contact, can burst through the hole as it opens, and more importantly is not a one dimensional Back like Ballard. Ballard is a runner and ok receiver, and not good in Pass PRO. He does not read the field like Taylor does presnap, he reacts post snap. INDY also had a way below average OL last year and Ballard was under 4 yards a carry filling in. Good Story, not the player Taylor brings to the team at all, despite their physical similarities.

Now, Grigson has replaced 3/5ths of the OL, Pagano has brought in Pep Hamilton to run the Offense, which will not be as vertical as Arians, and they will pound the rock in 2 TE sets with a lot more success than last year. Having a back like Taylor, allows them to be multi-dimensional formation wise from that personnel grouping. The can play 2 TE ACE, 2 TE diamond, or pure spread. It will create Matchup issues on every down, and that is the NFL way right now. With Fleenor and Allen at TE, Wayne and Hilton on the outside, and Taylor at RB teams will not know the % of run to pass and have to allow the offense the matchup advantage. The only huge factor will be down and distance and that gives INDY the ability to dictate with Luck calling the plays at the LOS, just like Peyton

Also, He knows the offense Hamilton runs and the verbiage which makes his transition that much more simple than your average rookie. He also knows Luck and Fleenor and they do not need time to get on the same page, they did for 3 years already! Really happy to have this kid, but I do Hope DEN gets him in the real draft, or else INDY wont be the easy out they were in the playoffs next year!
I appreciate that response and intelligent rebuttal.

You put excellent thought into it, but you see a different player than I do. I won't discount his intangibles, such as intelligence or scheme familiarity, but I don't think he's a good RB prospect. I think he was a product of the system in Stanford and projects as a better receiving, albeit less athletic, downhill Shonn Greene. Now, is a potential 850 yard, 3.7 YPC back solid value at the end of the 4th? Sure. So, for this game, you did fine in my book (Not that my book means a thing to anybody else). But I *don't* hope the Broncos draft him, and I don't think we will. He's not a John Fox type back, which is why we're all too happy to replace the plodding McGahee.

Your opinion is just as valid as mine though, probably moreso on this forum, and I've been wrong before on many things like everyone else, but we'll see on this. I'll be shocked if Taylor goes before the Late 4th at best, and I'll definitely have to give you props for seeing something I don't.

You and Rev gave me some heat for not having Brandon Thompson ranked highly last year for the draft, and that turned out okay. We'll see how this one goes. These types of evaluation conflicts make the actual draft infinitely more enjoyable for me. It's like fantasy football almost, seeing if the guys you like and don't like perform to your expectations. So, now I have Jon Bostic and Stepfan Taylor as focal points. Hopefully, I get some more.
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