Colts general manager Chris Ballard was voted the NFL’s most trusted league executive and best talent evaluator in a recently conducted survey by 30 certified player agents.
The survey was done by The Athletic’s Ben Standig.
Ballard got 6 votes for most trusted league executive in the NFL, with comments including:
- “Find him to be completely forthcoming. Offers info. Extends himself when not needed.”
- “He’s just a straight shooter. He’s not gonna lie to you about your guys and say they’re better than they are worse than they are. You know what you’re getting and they always get back to you.”
- “I don’t know how we can (trust front-office executives) as agents. Their job is to battle for their team. Our job is to battle for the players. I don’t think I could trust any of them. If forced to pick one, Chris Ballard with the Colts.”
He got 5.5 votes for best talent evaluator, with comments including:
- “He’s the best by far. He’s the easiest to deal with and I think he’s great at talent evaluation as well.”
- “Really solid at his job. Doesn’t get outside of himself. Doesn’t reach.”
Despite having some obscure obstacles along the way with Andrew Luck’s injuries and subsequent retirement, Ballard has dramatically improved the Colts during his time as general manager.
In just his first two drafts alone, Ballard was able to acquire several quality players in running back Marlon Mack, guard Quenton Nelson, linebacker Darius Leonard, and tackle Braden Smith.
Ballard also received votes for being the league’s smartest general manager/front office leader (3) and toughest contract negotiator (1) respectively.
Colts owner Jim Irsay congratulated his GM this morning.
Congrats to Chris Ballard—-named Most Trusted Exec and Best Talent Evaluator by NFL agents.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) July 20, 2020
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