Doyel: Chris Ballard cashes in on trade, now must make it pay off in NFL draft

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IndyStar Colts Insider Stephen Holder breaks down the haul Chris Ballard and the Colts netted from Saturday’s trade with the Jets.
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This is why Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard has been so quiet: This trade, a shocker, as all the best trades tend to be. While NFL free agency was happening in other cities with such happy noise, Ballard and the Colts have been quiet for just this moment, when he could jump on a table and scream:

How you like me now?

Ballard didn’t exactly fleece the New York Jets, not if the player the Jets take with the third overall pick becomes a franchise NFL quarterback. What’s a franchise quarterback worth in today’s NFL? To the Jets, it’s worth three juicy picks in the 2018 NFL draft — No. 6, No. 37 and No. 49 — plus a second-rounder in 2019.

The story here is not that Ballard worked the Jets. The story is that Ballard worked the system. If the Jets won their end of the trade, so be it, but the Colts absolutely won theirs. They swapped picks, moving down just a…

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