Colts Mailbag: What is the Trade Value for Jacoby Brissett?
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INDIANAPOLIS – Each week, readers of 1070TheFan.com can submit their questions to have a chance of them being answered in our weekly mailbag.
Here is the collection of Thursday questions:
Jeff P. (Bristol, CT)
I think Brissett will be trade bait pre Draft. If I am correct, what kind of draft pick/picks is he worth?
I think he is worth a lot. 2nd and 3rd? 1st and 4th?
Very smart trade by Ballard!
Bowen: Let’s start with this, before we dive into the potential trade value for Jacoby Brissett: the Colts and Chris Ballard got a steal in this deal. Without Brissett, this is probably a 0-5 football team right now. And Phillip Dorsett, the man the Colts traded for Brissett, has just four catches in five games this season. Obviously, how Brissett plays in the coming weeks is going to greatly impact just how lucrative his trade value could be in 2018. In terms of a return package, what you are asking for is probably too much. I think a 3rd or 4th round pick is much more realistic and that might even be a little greedy. Where the Colts do have some leverage is that Brissett is under a pretty cheap contract (third-round rookie deal in 2016) through the 2019 season. So a team that trades for him is getting a starting caliber player, at the age of 24, under contract for two more years. That’s rare in today’s NFL. Chris Ballard is going to have a decision to make on how to handle what is looking like a pretty attractive trade chip.
Stan C. (Minneapolis)
Hey Kevin! I'm going to throw in a way-too-premature draft question. I'm with you in believing that we can't go Saquon Barkley next year. He looks like a rich man's Ezekiel Elliot, but while that's exciting we just have too many roster holes to justify him. I'm also with you in believing we need to draft a RB. The 2018 RB class looks just as good, if not better, than the 2017 class. With Mack being a speed option, do you prefer a power runner that opens up the receivers deep or a pass catching back that can benefit from a QB like Luck?
Bowen: Yes, I definitely do prefer a power runner. I want a complement to Marlon Mack, and someone that can excel on early downs, and in running between the tackles. If the Colts can find that, they should have a pretty potent 1-2 punch in the ball carrier department for years to come. Last April, the Colts needed to find speed from RB in the draft. This year, it’s the opposite, after they accomplished that task in 2017.
Leonardo B. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
I have a question about draft and players development. I've seen that since 2012 (Pagano/Grigson) we've drafted:
2012: 10 players drafted (only 2 on current roster)
2013: 7 players drafted (none on current roster)
2014: 5 players drafted (only 2 on current roster)
2015: 8 players drafted (only 3 on current roster)
Also, some players failed to develop as expected, like Phillip Dorsett (round 1), T.J. Green (round 2), Le'Raven Clark (round 3) and Quincy Wilson (round 2).
How much of these problems is due to poor choices by our GM and how much on poor coaching, failing to develop players?
Bowen: Certainly some of both, but probably more so on the GM/scouting department. I say that because look where those guys have ended up around the NFL. You will have a really tough time finding any of those players on another roster. Of the 23 draft picks the Colts had from 2012-15 who are no longer on the team, just 5 are currently on an NFL roster (Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Kerwynn Williams, Ulrick John and Phillip Dorsett). That to me is why I put more of the ‘blame’ on the scouting side of things, because clearly other teams don’t see the need/want to pursue those players. Now, coaches also are involved in the scouting process, so let’s not totally absolve them in this issue either. Nonetheless, to have less than 30 percent of your draft picks from 2012-15 still on the roster is not a good thing at all.