The Colts Insider provides insights into the draft strategy that General Manager Chris Ballard should pursue.

The Indianapolis Colts are nearing their turn in the spotlight as the 2024 NFL draft kicks off at 8 p.m. on Thursday, with the Colts holding the 15th overall pick. General Manager Chris Ballard faces a significant task in this year’s draft as he aims to fortify the team’s roster around last year’s fourth overall pick, quarterback Anthony Richardson. Colts Insider Kevin Bowen emphasized the importance of this draft in building a competitive team around Richardson, likening him to a foundational piece for the franchise. Bowen, speaking on “The Wake Up Call with KB and Andy” on 93.5/107.5 The Fan, discussed the potential impact of acquiring talents like former Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, particularly for the Colts’ offensive strategy under head coach Shane Steichen. Bowen highlighted Bowers’ versatility and dominance in college football’s toughest conference as qualities that could significantly enhance the Colts’ offensive arsenal. The conversation also touched on the prospect of Ballard deviating from his usual approach and trading up in the first round to secure high-quality talent. Bowen suggested that prioritizing top-tier talent over quantity could be crucial for a team that already boasts continuity with its 22 returning starters. The draft promises excitement, with the first round commencing in Detroit at 8 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday at 7 p.m., and rounds 4-7 on Saturday at noon.

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