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Which corners in the 2019 draft fit Ballard’s preferred mold?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昇FL GeneralColts AnalysisNFL DraftBuild-A-Ballard: Who the Colts may target at cornerback in the 2019 NFL DraftNew Womens Peyton Manning Jersey ,9commentsWhich corners in the 2019 draft fit Ballard’s preferred mold? ESTShareTweetShareShareBuild-A-Ballard: Who the Colts may target at cornerback in the 2019 NFL DraftJason Getz-USA TODAY SportsAt 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 one of the weaker positions on the roster in terms of depth — cornerback. What types of corners will Ballard look for in the 2019 draft?Past Drafted PlayersDuring Ballard’s tenure in Indianapolis and Kansas City, his organizations have drafted nine cornerbacks in six drafts. Ballard seems to throw a ton of draft capital at this position, as 2018 was the only year that he didn’t use a draft pick on the position. Five of the nine draft picks used on corner were with draft picks in the first two days of the draft.We will examine five of the nine prospects to find common traits. The players that we will be excluding from this piece are Sanders Commings (5th Round, 2013), Eric Murray (4th Round, 2016), D.J White (6th Round, 2016) and Nate Hairston (5th Round, 2017) as they were all day three selections. If there is enough interest, we may come back to these four players and see what trends Ballard seems to like in his day three cornerbacks. For now though, we will just focus on the higher round picks.Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (2014)— 3rd Round PickSize:6’0” 193 pounds with 31 7/8 inch armsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.38 seconds / Bench Press: 11 reps / Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches / Broad Jump: 122 inches / 3-Cone: 6.62 secondsCareer Stats:175 total tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 38 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, and 1 forced fumbleOverview of Pick:Gaines was a hardworking, productive corner out of Rice. Nolan Nawrocki mentioned how he “can be deployed in zone coverage”, had “good production on the ball”, and is “tough and competitive.” His major concerns coming out of Rice were his durability concerns and his struggles in man coverage. He also had concerns with his underdeveloped technique and play. Gaines has been an average corner in the NFL as he is now on his third team in five seasons and is about to become an unrestricted free agent.Marcus Peters, CB, Washington (2015)— 1st RoundSize:6’0” 197 pounds with 31 1/2 inch armsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.53 seconds / Bench Press: 17 reps / Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches / Broad Jump: 121 inches / 3-Cone: 7.08 secondsCareer Stats:129 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 16 pass deflections, 11 interceptions, and 1 forced fumbleOverview of Pick:Peters was a talented Womens Malik Hooker Jersey , yet troubled, prospect out of Washington. Lance Zielein noted that he excelled at “contesting catches and often comes away the winner on 50/50 throws” and how he “competes hard out of press-man coverage and tries to intimidate receivers with his physicality.” He also was noted as being “confident and tough” on the football field. His weaknesses were his raw technique and his suspensions leading to his dismissal from Washington. Peters has had an odd NFL career as he was dominant early for the Chiefs. He was then traded to the Rams this past season due to locker room problems and his play took a big step back from his days with the Chiefs.Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State (2015)— 3rd RoundSize:5’10” 197 pounds with 30 5/8 inch armsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.49 seconds / Bench Press: 19 reps / Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches / Broad Jump: 115 inches / 3-Cone: 6.88 secondsCareer Stats:122 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 16 pass deflections, and 8 interceptionsOverview of Pick:Nelson was a tough corner who played his way into the Senior Bowl out of Oregon State. Lance Zielein had his strengths “very physical and aggressive for the position” and how he “displays closing burst and ball skills to consistently contest passes.” His biggest weaknesses were his struggles in man coverage and his overall limited athleticism. Nelson was a bit of a disappointment for the Chiefs before turning in a career year in 2018 where he tallied 4 interceptions for the team.KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame (2016)— 3rd RoundSize:5’11” 192 pounds with 31 5/8 inch armsMeasureables (Pro Day):40 Time: 4.49 seconds / Bench Press: 17 reps / Vertical Jump: 38.5 inches / Broad Jump: 134 inches / 3-Cone: 6.84 secondsCareer Stats:169 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 12 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, and 2 forced fumblesOverview of Pick:Russell was a very talented yet oft injured corner out of Notre Dame in 2016. Lance Zierlein noted his strengths as “observant from zone and off coverage” and “looks to do it the right way as tackler.” Zierlein also mentioned how Russell had “smooth hips and light feet opening from press.” His biggest weaknesses coming out were his medical concerns and his poor overall ball skills.Russell was ultimately a disappointment for the Chiefs as they waived him before he ever played a game for the team. He has barely made an impact with the Bengals in three seasons with the team.Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida (2017)— 2nd RoundSize:6’1” 211 pounds with 32 1/4 inch armsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.54 seconds / Bench Press: 14 reps / Vertical Jump: 32 inches / Broad Jump: 118 inches / 3-Cone: 6.86 secondsCareer Stats:81 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 14 pass deflections, 6 interceptions, and 1 forced fumbleOverview of Pick:Wilson was a talented corner who fell to the Colts in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Lance Zierlein mentioned how he “can maul receivers off line of scrimmage and eliminate them from a route if they don’t get clean release against his press” and how he was “willing to stick his nose in as a tackler.” Zielein also mentioned how Wilson was “very competitive” and “willing to accept challenge of taking on a team’s top wideout.” His biggest weaknesses were his raw technique and below average athleticism.After a disappointing rookie season, Wilson turned it around in 2018 and was able to fight his way into being a top three corner on the team. He looks to be a good piece going forward.Common TraitsHere are the common traits that can help us build a rough mold of what Ballard might look for in rookie corners:At least 31 inch arms (Nelson the only outlier)3-Cone Drill under 7 seconds (Peters the only outlier)Strengths: Tackling, strong in press, good in zone, competitive/ toughWeaknesses: Raw technique, on-field athletic concerns, injury concernsBallard Trademark: Team Captain/ Senior Bowl selection2019 Draft Players Who Fit1.) Deandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaSize:5’11” 185 poundsCareer Stats:116 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss Andrew Luck Jersey , 23 pass deflections, 7 interceptions, and 2 forced fumblesWhy He Fits:Baker is exactly the corner that Ballard could look at adding at the end of the first round/ beginning of the second round. Although he is a tad on the smaller side, he has very good length for the position which should measure above 31 inches at the combine. He is very quick and agile which should lead to a 3-cone under 7 seconds. His strengths are his zone and press ability along with being very competitive and tough. His biggest weaknesses are his athletic limitations. He is a super talented player overall though who fits Ballard’s mold along with fitting the style of defense that Matt Eberflus likes to run.2.) Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt Size:6’3” 205 poundsCareer Stats:115 total tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 25 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, and 1 forced fumbleWhy He Fits:Williams is a very big, talented corner who is a tad underrated in this class. His quickness may not be great and he could measure above a 7 second 3-cone at the combine. However, his length is outstanding and should have no problem hitting the 31 inch arm threshold. His biggest strengths are his press ability, tackling, and competitiveness on the field (which was evident against the Ole Miss receivers in 2018). His weaknesses are his raw technique and below average athleticism. Williams could be a perfect late day two pick to develop behind Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir next season. 3.) Michael Jackson, CB, MiamiSize:6’1” 200 poundsCareer Stats:97 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 11 pass deflections, and 4 interceptionsWhy He Fits:Jackson is flying under the radar in this draft class. He is a good enough athlete who should measure under 7 seconds in the 3-cone and should have the length to hit the 31 inch arm threshold. His biggest strengths are how physical and competitive he is along with being above average in zone and press coverage. His biggest weaknesses are his footwork and raw technique in man. With Jackson’s experience in multiple defenses and as a special teamer, I see him as a player who Ballard could really like in this upcoming draft. Honorable Mentions:Rock Ya-Sin (Temple), Lonnie Johnson Jr. (Kentucky), Isaiah Johnson (Houston), Jordan Brown (South Dakota State), Hamp Cheevers (Boston College), Kyron Brown (Akron)ConclusionWith GM Chris Ballard’s track record for drafting corners, these prospects stand out as possible targets in the draft. He likes athletically quick players who are good in both press and zone but struggle with long speed and overall athleticism. He places a heavy emphasis on tackling and competitiveness while not worrying as much about technique.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 disagreed with much of the decisions made during his time with the Chiefs’ organization. Ballard could take a small, man corner 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. The Tennessee Titans got an extra day of much-needed practice Monday after giving themselves plenty to fix after a terrible performance under the lights in Jacksonville.The Titans struggled so much last week in a 20-7 loss to Jacksonville that fundamentals was the word of the day.The solution? They make it sound very simple."Make plays Womens Darius Leonard Jersey ," three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker said. "You make the play. Yeah, you make the play that comes to you. Protect the quarterback, and we get the ball in the end zone ... That's a good start."Coach Mike Vrabel told the Titans the story of how his fifth-grade teacher made students who got in trouble write 3,000 times "How to take responsibility for my own actions." Vrabel says he figured out later in life that was called accountability."It's not just enough to say, 'You know what? I have to be better,' but it's like, 'I have to better, and this is how I'm going to fix it,'" Vrabel said. "The fundamentals ... is something that I've always felt as a player was critical. I think some of the penalties that we did have could be a result of just some fundamentals."A topic at meetings Monday morning was being accountable. Losers of two straight, the Titans (1-2) can take responsibility for a lot of issues:— Allowing nine sacks to Jacksonville and a league-worst 17 through three games.— A season-worst nine penalties for 101 yards, five of those holding calls.— Marcus Mariota was just 6 of 16 passing in the first half, though he finished with 304 yards.— Adoree' Jackson muffed the first punt, losing a turnover turned into a touchdown on the next play."Everything's fixable," Walker said. "I think it's early in the season. We still got a lot of football left. We need to fix it. That's pretty much it."The Titans may do more than just practice on better technique. The Titans will be without three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan on Sunday when they visit Atlanta (1-2) as he sits out the final game of his suspension for using performance-enhancers . Dennis Kelly, more used to playing on the right side, has played left tackle through the first three games.Rookie Nate Davis, their third-round pick out of Charlotte, might get a chance at right guard. He has been inactive for the first three games trying to catch up after missing more than two weeks of training camp with an undisclosed injury. Vrabel said they're trying to get Davis ready to go as soon as possible."I'm hopeful that's this week," Vrabel said.But Walker warned against seeing Lewan's return on Sept. 30 as being the cure-all for the Titans' woes."It takes all 11 that's out there," Walker said. "So if all 11 are doing their job, then that's what's going to fix it."Right tackle Jack Conklin agrees that everything is fixable. So did left guard Rodger Saffold, the key free agent signee in March to improve the offensive line. Saffold said the NFL season is still early, and he remembers starting 3-1 one season only to finish 4-12. The linemen can communicate better and pick up protections quicker with the rest of the Titans on offense executing better as well."Coaches have taken responsibility, we have taken responsibility," Saffold said. "But I think we'll get it fixed."Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker