He figures it gives him better odds to hit it big.One year after moving back three spots in the first round and making four second-round selections [b][url=http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/kahale-warring-jersey]http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/kahale-warring-jersey[/url][/b] , Ballard did it again Thursday by sending the No. 26 overall pick to the Washington Redskins for two second-round picks. Indy will now select at No. 34, courtesy of last year’s deal with the New York Jets, at No. 46, thanks to the Redskins, and at No. 59, their own pick on Friday, plus they’ve added the Redskins’ second-round pick in 2020.“It was just a chance to pick up a 2020 second-round pick, we thought the value was good and we thought there was still good enough value to be there in the second round to move back,” Ballard said. “We think the ability of having three seconds, we thought that was the strength of how we had it lined up.”It’s all part of a plan.Ballard knew it would be difficult to replicate last year’s successes. He had five picks in the first two rounds, found starters with each of his first three choices and Indy’s first two selections — left guard Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard — became the first rookie teammates to become first-team All-Pros since Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus with the Chicago Bears in 1965.At Monday’s pre-draft news conference, Ballard told reporters that the Colts had eight players targeted in the first round. And though he acknowledged some were still available when Indy went on the clock [b][url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/bobby-okereke-jersey]http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/bobby-okereke-jersey[/url][/b] , he still opted for Plan B: Moving out of the first round for better value in the second.In fact, he hinted at the prospect of a trade when he joked with reporters that he might not speak again until Friday.“I kind of had a feeling (Monday), I don’t know why,” he said. “Sometimes you just have a feeling. I had a feeling we would have a chance to get out and it would be the best thing for us long term.”He may not be finished dealing, either. In three seasons with the Colts, he has now made eight trades involving trade picks though he knew this one might not be well-received.“We’ve got a room full of people, we’ve got you all sitting here, I get it, everyone wants you to pick a player,” he said. “But I’m pretty patient. I don’t panic, we don’t panic, we stay true to what we’re looking at on the board.”The Colts now have 10 picks this weekend including their own third-rounder [b][url=http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey]http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey[/url][/b] , No. 89 overall, on Friday.__ Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman has been named as a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the estate of a woman who died of a drug overdose in 2017.According to TMZ.com, the parents of Kimberly Fattorini have alleged that Merriman drugged and possibly assaulted her before she died of a drug overdose. The death, ruled accidental at the time, determined that Fattorini died due to an overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and GHB, commonly known as a date-rape drug.The family contends that the allegations will be supported by text messages and other evidence that they believe will show Merriman gave Fattorini GHB. Text messages that apparently will be used as evidence in the case allegedly include one person saying “Shawn killed her ass, what a f–king idiot” and another person saying of Merriman, “That dumbass been drugging girls for years.”“As of right now Shawne, nor his attorney, have any knowledge of him being named in any lawsuit [b][url=http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/gardner-minshew-ii-jersey]http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/gardner-minshew-ii-jersey[/url][/b] ,” Merriman’s representative told TMZ.com. “This alleged lawsuit is baseless. Shawne attended an after party more than two years ago where a young woman unfortunately overdosed. . . . The police thoroughly investigated and found no wrongdoing whatsoever by Shawne. The fact that they are raising this now, two years after the fact, demonstrates the baseless nature of these allegations.”Actually, the fact that the lawsuit was filed two years after the fact shows merely that the lawyers decided to wait until the eve of the applicable statute of limitations to file the lawsuit; the delayed filing is irrelevant to the merit of the lawsuit or lack thereof. It’s possible that the lawyers tried to resolve the case without filing suit, recognizing that keeping claims like this from ever becoming public has value when it comes to determining a fair settlement amount — and waiting until the last possible moment to make the allegations formal and public.It’s not surprising that Merriman and his lawyer aren’t yet aware the lawsuit was filed. There’s usually a lag between the filing of a lawsuit and service of the summons and complaint on the defendant. If, as TMZ.com reports, a lawsuit was filed, Merriman will be getting a copy of it soon enough.
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