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Colts fans are moving into the acceptance phase of the early NFL off-season Reggie Wayne Jersey Stitched , one that lasts far too long. At Stampede Blue, we will do our best investigative work to determine how Chris Ballard might approach free agency and the draft. In this series, we will look back at Ballard’s past drafts with the Colts and with the Chiefs— where he was the Director of Player Personnel or Director of Football Operations from 2013 to 2016— and try to find common themes or traits that he may look for. We already know Ballard covets athleticism and leadership on and off the field but this series hopes to shed more light on traits he is looking for and help to uncover some of the players he may target in the draft.The focus today will be on what is arguably the Colts’ position of greatest need, wide receiver. Will Chris Ballard add a receiver early in the draft? Past Drafted PlayersDuring Ballard’s tenure in Indianapolis and in Kansas City, his organization has drafted six wide receivers in six drafts. In each of those seasons, wide receiver was a core need for his team but very little draft capital was used to address the need. The top pick used to address the position over that time-frame was a third round selection in 2015. We will examine five of the six prospects to find common traits. Chris Conley, WR, Georgia (2015)— 3rd Round PickSize: 6’2” 213 poundsMeasurables: 40 Time: 4.35 seconds / Bench Press: 18 reps / Vertical Jump: 45 inches / Broad Jump: 139 inches / 3-Cone: 7.06 secondsCareer Stats: 117 catches for 1,938 yards with a 16.6 yards per catch average and 20 touchdowns.Overview of Pick:Chris Conley was a third round pick for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was known as one of the most athletic players in the draft and his combine showed it. He was billed as a deep ball receiver with all the athletic tools in the book. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com noted how Conley “accelerates through deep balls” and how he is “quick to find ball in flight and make adjustments to seal the deal.” The main flaws in his game were his untimely drops and raw route running, which caused him to drop to the third round. He was a bit of a project and has not really panned out, so far.Demarcus Robinson, WR Youth Donte Moncrief Jersey , Florida (2016)— 4th Round PickSize:6’1” 203 poundsMeasurables (Pro Day):40 Time: 4.59 / Bench Press: 9 Reps / Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches / Broad Jump: 123 inches / 3-Cone: 6.69 secondsCareer Stats:10 catches for 1,353 yards with 12.9 yards per catch and 9 touchdowns.Overview of Pick:Demarcus Robinson was a fourth round pick for the Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was billed as a deep threat with tons of potential despite multiple suspensions at Florida. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said that Robinson was an “electric vertical talent that can make cornerbacks re颅think their coverage plans” and “has ability to hit the home run after the catch.” His biggest flaws were related to his suspensions, lazy, unrefined routes and a really high drop rate. Robinson hasn’t really panned out.Tyreek Hill, WR, Oklahoma State (2016)— 5th Round PickSize:5’10” 185 poundsMeasurables:N/A (due to Domestic Violence and assault charges)Career Stats:133 touches for 815 yards with an average of 6.1 yards per touch and 2 touchdowns.Overview of Pick:Wide Receiver/ Return Specialist Tyreek Hill was a fifth round for the Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft. Hill is a bit of an outlier in terms of traits Ballard looks for in his players but he does share some similarities. He was profiled as having “ridiculous play speed” and as having “the ability to turn one missed tackle into a touchdown” according to Lance Zierlein. His biggest flaws were his poor hands in traffic and raw play as a receiver. The Chiefs have benefited from this gamble as Hill has turned into an All-Pro and one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL. Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa (2018)— 5th RoundSize:6’1” 210 poundsMeasurables: 40 Time: 4.46 / Vertical Jump: 42.5 inches / Broad Jump: 134 inchesCareer Stats:150 catches for 2,077 yards with a yards per catch average of 13.8 and 23 touchdowns.Overview of Pick:Daurice Fountain was a fifth round pick for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was an intriguing project out of small school Northern Iowa after a dominant Shrine Game. Lance Zierlein mentioned Fountain being an “explosive athlete” who “flashed physical ability to make acrobatic finishes” and is a “capable playmaker after the catch.” His main struggles were how raw he was as a route runner and level of competition concerns coming out of the FCS. Fountain has yet to make an impact for the Colts.Deon Cain, WR, Clemson (2018)— 6th Round PickSize:6’2” 202 poundsMeasurables:40 Time: 4.43 / Bench Press: 11 Reps / Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches / Broad Jump: 115 inches / 3-Cone: 6.71 secondsCareer Stats:130 catches for 2,040 yards with a yards per catch of 15.7 and 20 touchdowns.Overview of Pick:Deon Cain was a sixth round pick for the Colts in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was a solid playmaker for Clemson in his college career. Zielein described Cain as a “legit deep target with jet gear to get vertical once he clears defender’s edge” and as “talented after the catch.” The main flaws in his game were his raw route running and his high drop rate. Cain still has lofty expectations despite missing his rookie year due to a torn ACL.Common TraitsHere are the common traits that can help us build a rough mold of what Ballard might look for in rookie receivers:Drafted past the first roundOver 6’0 tall (Hill being the lone outlier)Strengths: Outside receiver Donte Moncrief Jersey Stitched , speed, good after the catch, ability to adjust to tough passesWeaknesses: Raw route running and drops Leadership/ Team Captaincy (a Ballard trademark with the Colts)2019 Draft Players Who FitGiven this rough outline, who might Ballard target in the 2019 NFL Draft? 1.) Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State Size:6’0” 205 poundsCareer Stats:75 catches for 1,251 yards with a 16.7 yards per catch average and 19 touchdowns.Why He Fits:If any player fits the Ballard mold in the 2019 class, its Terry McLaurin. A true speed demon for Ohio State, McLaurin was used as the team’s primary deep threat in 2018. He has the size Ballard likes and will likely fall to round 2 or 3. His strengths include being strong after the catch and his pure speed. He is also surprisingly good at catching contested passes as well. His biggest weaknesses are concentration related drops and raw route running ability (Ohio State didn’t ask much of him here). Throw in that he was a team captain and key special teams player the last two seasons, and I think Ballard will love McLaurin. 2.) DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Ole MissSize:6’2” 190 poundsCareer Stats:106 catches for 1 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Walker Jersey ,575 yards with a yards per catch of 14.9 and 11 touchdowns.Why He Fits:DaMarkus Lodge is a big, strong receiver who was used as a vertical threat for Ole Miss. He has optimal height and will likely go in rounds 3-5. He excels in the vertical passing game and gets downfield quickly. He is excellent after the catch and is one of the best at catching difficult passes and at adjusting in the air. He needs to eliminate occasional drops and clean up his route running to be a great pro. Throw in his exceptional run blocking and I think Lodge is a great fit for Ballard’s vision at receiver.3.) Anthony Ratliff- Williams, WR, North CarolinaSize:6’1” 205 poundsCareer Stats:80 catches for 1,340 yards with a yards per catch of 16.8 and 8 touchdowns.Why He Fits:Former quarterback Anthony Ratliff- Williams is still learning the wide receiver position but he fits what Ballard looks for in a receiver. He is a speedy, special teams player who can make plays all over the field. He fits the height target and will likely go sometime on day three of the draft. He excels after the catch and is explosive in the deep passing game. He needs to work on running cleaner routes and fix his drops. He fits everything that Ballard likes and would be a solid day three pick.Honorable Mentions:Gary Jennings (WVU), Emanuel Hall (Missouri), Dionte Johnson (Toledo), and Jalen Hurd (Baylor).ConclusionWith GM Chris Ballard’s track record for drafting receivers, these are the prospects who might stand out for him during the draft. He tends to like raw players with an All-Pro ceiling who have yet to put it all together. He places a heavy emphasis on speed and playmaking while not worrying as much about drops or route running.It is important to note that this analysis could be entirely wrong as it relies heavily on his time in Kansas City. It is entirely possible that Ballard could disagreed with much of the decisions made during his time with the Chiefs’ organization at the receiver position. For all I know, Ballard could take a 5’9” slot receiver in round one. Who knows? However, this series should give some kind of insight into who Chris Ballard may want to target based on his past. How does Colts second round pick Ben Banogu fit the team?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL GeneralColts AnalysisNFL DraftColts Film Room: 2nd Round pick Womens Anthony Walker 2019 Jersey , TCU LB Ben BanoguNew,23commentsHow does Colts second round pick Ben Banogu fit the team?EDTShareTweetShareShareColts Film Room: 2nd Round pick, TCU LB Ben BanoguJerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsThe 2019 NFL Draft has finally concluded and the Colts have added 10 new players to their roster. The main emphasis was on the defensive side of the ball where Chris Ballard drafted seven new players, almost all of them being elite athletes. The team got better, younger, and faster this weekend and we will be diving into the film on just about all of them to see what they bring to the team. The first player we are going to discuss is TCU linebacker Ben Banogu. The Colts selected him with pick 49 in the second round of the NFL Draft. A bit miscast in college, Banogu’s best football should be ahead of him with the Colts. Today we are going to look at the strengths of his game at TCU and how he fits on this Colts defense.BackgroundSize:6’3”, 250 poundsMeasurables: 40 Time: 4.62 seconds / Bench Reps: 23 Reps / Vertical Jump: 40 inches / Broad Jump: 134 inches / 3-Cone: 7.02 secondsCareer Stats:112 total tackles, 34.5 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in his two years at TCU.StrengthsAthleticismThe first thing that pops off film when watching Banogu is his raw athleticism. He tested as an elite athlete at the Combine— which you can see above— but that testing really shows up on film. He has an insane first step and is really twitchy and quick with his movements. He moves much faster than someone who weighs 250 pounds. This athletic ability is a big reason why the Colts see him as a versatile chess piece. He can play multiple positions just because he moves so well.This first play shows his athleticism in run defense. He is left unblocked on this play as the offense is trying to make him commit inside so they can run the option to the outside. He does initially take his read steps in, but he is able to adjust his body and chase after the quarterback. He is able to close ground quickly and make the tackle in the backfield for the loss. Straight line speed and ability to flip his hips and run are insane for a player who played defensive line in college.This ability shows up when rushing the passer as well. He may not be the most refined or technical pass rusher but his pure athleticism does overwhelm blockers. Here the right tackle tries to chop him at the line but he is way too quick with his initial jump. He beats the tackle to the spot and is able to shed the block. He then explodes past the right guard and eventually gets the sack on the play. This play was pure athleticism on full display.SAM AbilityChris Ballard mentioned in his post-Day 2 press conference that Banogu will start off playing SAM backer and come down to the line of scrimmage on passing downs. This shocked some people as he mostly played defensive end in college. On film though, the traits do show up. He is a very smart run defender who reads plays well and has the movement skills to play linebacker. He could be stronger at the point of attack but the way he reads run plays does point to this move working out. This first play is a prime example of this. He is lined up as the standing up defensive end on the outside of the formation. Once he sees the run play White Andrew Luck Jersey , he reads that it is an inside run and breaks to the inside. He has the quick diagnosis and athleticism to get to the hole and make the tackle. He also gets his hand on the ball and forces a fumble on the play. Plays like this surely make him look like a linebacker to me. This is almost the exact same play but even more impressive. He makes his initial steps to the outside in case the running back were running a sweep. Once he sees the running back cut up the middle though, he sheds his block on the end and quickly reacts to the play. He takes an excellent angle and is able to track down the running back for the tackle. I loved Matthew Adams as the SAM last year but Banogu’s potential in this role should make him the day one starter here.Pass Rush AbilityNow let’s get to the good stuff. Banogu is not a great pass rusher yet. He rarely has a plan and does struggle to fight through contact. Where he does excel though is using his athleticism and having a tireless motor. He is an absolute force on twists and stunts and uses his twitchy athleticism and bend to beat lineman. His motor is also outstanding as he rarely gives up on a play. Those two traits are an excellent starting point for a pass rusher.He sets up the lineman well and burst through the line of scrimmage with excellent explosion and speed. He is nearly unblockable on these types of plays. Here, he explodes through the line of scrimmage for the big hit on the quarterback. This quickness to get into the backfield should have Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus salivating. His motor is always running hot. Here he has a nice initial rush as he bends on the outside and gets penetration. He counters well by spinning back inside and forcing the quarterback to role out of the pocket. He finishes the play off by locating the quarterback and running him down for the sack. Great athleticism and a good initial push but his effort in pursuit is what led to the sack on the play.How He Fits the ColtsI’m sure a lot of people— including myself— were a tad confused when the Colts made this selection. Banogu— as you can see above— is a a good player with a ton of upside but he doesn’t really fit that big, versatile defensive end that the Colts have targeted in years past. He isn’t Denico Autry or Tyquan Lewis in any way. After watching his film, this is an exciting selection that should improve two aspects of the Colts’ defense; stunt pass rushing plays and base down SAM packages. Starting with stunt plays, the Colts love using them. They don’t have an elite pass rusher on this team so the main way they create pressure is by installing stunts and twists in order to get offensive linemen moving and throw off protection schemes. It worked pretty well for the team last year. Look at this play from 2018 2nd Round pick Kemoko Turay. He is a player who— like Banogu— is insanely quick and twitchy off of the line. He is able to get the quick pressure on this play and force the underneath throw that allows the linebacker to clean up. Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus loves dialing up these stunts for this exact reason. Now pair Eberflus’ love for twists and stunts and give him a player like Banogu who excels at them and you have a fun pairing. Look at this side by side comparison on stunt plays and tell me that you aren’t excited for the type of designs and pass rushes that can be drawn up.That ability and the Colts’ recent history of using players in ways that maximize their abilities for success, should make this a fun addition to the defense. If the Colts truly see him as a jack-of-all-trades defender, I’m excited to see how they plan on using him.ConclusionI really like this selection for the Colts. He is not a perfect prospect as he needs to play stronger and develop a plan when rushing but the possibilities are endless with him in this defense. Matt Eberflus ran one of the more diverse and different defenses in football this past season and that was one of the main reasons why a cover two defense in today’s NFL was able to find success. Adding a player who can rotate between linebacker and defensive end not only allows more flexibility for the defense but also throws off and confuses offenses. The more versatile and fast your defense is, the more the offense needs to think and plan for you. I really like the plan the Colts had coming into this draft and what they got out of it. Long gone are the days of 5.00 second 40 time linebackers starting for the Colts. The emphasis now is on speed, versatility, and competition. Ben Banogu fits all three of those aspects perfectly and should be a valuable piece on this defense for years to come.