INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Ballard hinted at the possibility of acquiring more picks in this year's NFL Draft, and that's exactly what the Indianapolis Colts general manager is doing as Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft starts to wind down.
The Colts tonight traded their third-round (75th-overall) and sixth-round (197th-overall) picks to the Detroit Lions in exchange for their third-round (85th-overall), fifth round (149th-overall) and sixth-round (182nd-overall) picks.
The Colts now have five picks remaining in this year's draft:
- 3rd round, 21st pick (85th overall)
- 4th round, 16th pick (122nd overall)
- 5th round, third pick (149th overall)
- 6th round, second pick (182nd overall)
- 6th round, 14th pick (193rd overall)
This strategy of adding picks aligns with what Ballard told reporters last Friday in his annual pre-draft press conference.
The Colts originally entered this year's draft with eight picks, which turned to seven when they sent their first-round (13th-overall) pick to the San Francisco 49ers last month for All-Pro defensive end DeForest Buckner.
After picking a combined 21 players in the previous two drafts — 11 in 2018 and 10 in 2019 — the Colts are now adding even more to their arsenal this year.
"To be honest with you, I would like more picks," Ballard said last week. "I feel very confident. I'd like more picks. We'll see if that happens or not, but I feel confident in our group. I feel confident in our work and what we have done, and we think we are going to acquire good players."'
The Colts tonight had already previously selected wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and running back Jonathan Taylor, both in the second round.