Indianapolis Colts: NFL Draft Reaction

With new general manager Chris Ballard looking to add his own personal touches to the roster, the Indianapolis Colts are undergoing a massive face lift of sorts. Phase two of this re-tooling of the roster came in the 2017 NFL Draft. What are experts around the league saying about the Colts’ selections?

To recap, a look at the Indianapolis Colts draft class:

Round 1, Pick 15: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Round 2, Pick 46: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Round 3, Pick 80: Tarell Basham, EDGE, Ohio

Round 4, Pick 137: Zach Banner, G, USC

Round 4, Pick 143: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida

Round 4, Pick 144: Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State

Round 5, Pick 158: Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

Round 5, Pick 161: Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Northwestern

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated Draft Grade: A

“Incredible value for the Colts at each of their first three picks: Safety Malik Hooker (No. 15 overall) and cornerback Quincy Wilson (46) should be instant starters in the secondary, while edge rusher Tarell Basham (80) at least can make an impact on passing downs. For a team whose defense picked off just eight passes last season and lost OLBs Erik Walden (free agency) and Robert Mathis (retirement), this was a critical restocking. RB Marlon Mack (Round 4) is a home-run threat to slot in behind Frank Gore, while fifth-round LB Anthony Walker has three-down potential. The only shoddy pick was OT Zach Banner, who faces a long road to being a serviceable NFL blocker.” To read the entire story, click here.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN Draft Grade: B

“New general manager Chris Ballard inherited a porous defense, and he went that direction with his first three picks. Malik Hooker could have gone as high as No. 7, but the one-year wonder dropped to 15. He’s the best center fielder in his class, and some have compared him to Ed Reed, but Hooker needs to improve as a tackler. He’s a ballhawk who is recovering from having surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and repair sports hernias. Ballard did a nice job addressing the defense, but there’s still a long ways to go. I also wouldn’t have minded a tight end to replace the departed Dwayne Allen.” To read Kiper’s NFL Draft grades, click here.

Chad Reuter, Draft Grade: A-

“The skinny: In the first round, the Colts got the rangiest safety prospect since Earl Thomas. They got very good value at No. 15 at a major position of need. It’s a big win for the Colts’ defense. Indianapolis had to be thrilled to get Quincy Wilson to help out Hooker in the secondary. Tarell Basham is a pass rusher who can covert power to speed on the edge; getting him in the third was a good deal. Indianapolis made very good back-to-back picks in the late fourth with running back Marlon Mack (slasher with more power than you’d think) and defensive tackle Grover Stewart (nose tackle with good footwork). Zach Banner was a stretch in the fourth round, though he could be a D.J. Fluker or Orlando Franklin-type guard. In the fifth, Anthony Walker provides strength in the middle of their defense. This was a well-executed draft.” To read more of Chad Reuter’s NFL Draft grades, click here.

Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports Draft Grade: A

“A tremendous draft. This is the kind of work that can totally change the complexion of teams — it’s funny how you can do that when you already have your quarterback. Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson will be All-Pro caliber players for that defense. Tarell Basham is an intriguing third-round project. Great picks in RB Marlon Mack, CB Nate Hairston, and LB Anthony Walker as well. Would have liked to have seen another offensive lineman taken to balance out the reach on Zach Banner, but that’s the only knock.” To read more of Dieter Kurtenbach’s NFL Draft grades, click here.


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Indianapolis Colts Week 12: Nightmare Before Christmas

The Indianapolis Colts were hosting their first ever Thanksgiving game in Indianapolis in week 12, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on short rest and without franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, who entered the league’s concussion protocol following the week 11 win against the Tennessee Titans. It’s a nightmarish Colts Weekly Update.


No Luck, Lots of Problems

Without Luck, the Colts were ready to go with backup quarterback Scott Tolzien at the helm on Thursday night. Tolzien actually performed better than expected (albeit throwing two interceptions), tossing for 205 yards and a touchdown. It was the rest of the offense, however, that seemed to be a problem.

Drops plagued the Colts wide receiving corps on Thursday night, costing the team at least 14 points.

Injuries (Again)

While QB Andrew Luck and safety Clayton Geathers missed Thursday’s game due to the league’s concussion protocol, there were several other key Colts players that would suffer injury and exit Thursday night’s game as well.

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, center Ryan Kelly, and cornerback Vontae Davis, among others, all left Thursday’s game with respective injuries and would not return. Hilton, who would try to come back on an offensive drive during the 3rd quarter, would last only one play before having to return to the sidelines.

Looking Forward

It appears as though Luck has been cleared to return to practice on Monday, which is a good sign for Colts fans. While we await injury updates on all of those injured in the Thanksgiving night matchup, it helps that the Colts are on 11-days of rest as they will head to New York to face the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football.

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2016 Players Tailgate in San Francisco

As the dust settles behind the 2016 Players Tailgate, we take look back at the most amazing year yet!

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The 2016 Players Tailgate’s oustide patio, which included an Anheuser-Busch “Best Damn Root Beer” kiosk and multiple HDTVs.




The 2016 Players Tailgate took place on February 7, 2016, in the parking lot of the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California. The purpose of the Players Tailgate is to provide guests with not only an out of this world culinary experience, but to also allow guests the opportunity to mingle with NFL players and celebrities alike. The 2016 Players Tailgate proved to be Bullseye’s best tailgate yet, featuring everyone from NFL Pro Bowlers to supermodel surprise guests! Let’s take a look at what made the 2016 Players Tailgate the best tailgate in San Francisco!

The Chefs

The Players Tailgate in 2016 featured the biggest culinary lineup yet! Guy Fieri, Aaron May, Beau MacMillan and G Garvin led up a full staff that provided five-star food to the guests. The lineup included and super steak sandwich station, a 16-foot nacho bar, a “KILLER raw bar,” as Guy Fieri put it, and a premium open bar to all of our guests!

This all-you-can-eat all-star smorgasbord of food was so delicious, many guests were saying the food was “worth every penny.”

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Chefs Aaron May and Beau MacMillan hang out at the 2016 Players Tailgate “Raw Bar.”
Chef G Garvin prepares the charcuterie selection for the 2016 Players Tailgate.



















The Players

The players attending this year’s 2016 Players Tailgate were better than ever! This year’s tailgate had nearly 30 players in attendance, ranging from Super Bowl champions to retired players.

The lineup of players included everything past Super Bowl champions to role players. Shane Vereen, former New England Patriot and current New York Giant, Indianapolis Colts Vontae Davis and Matt Overton, Kansas City Chief Jamaal Charles, New Orleans Saint Cameron Jordan, and so many others were all in attendance! The players were on hand to eat and hang out with guests all afternoon!

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Indianapolis Colts Vontae Davis and Matt Overton were on hand to hang out with guests.
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Former Notre Dame teammates Michael Floyd Jr. (Arizona Cardinals) and Harrison Smith (Minnesota Vikings) hang out at the 2016 Players Tailgate.




















The Celebrities

The VIP celebrities that attended this year’s Players Tailgate were unbelievable! Aside from our crew of celebrity chefs and players, we had Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews on hand to emcee the event! Andrews did player interviews and interacted with the crowd throughout the entire tailgate.

Aside from Andrews, we had a surprise appearance from Victoria’s Secret angel Adriana Lima! Adriana was on stage speaking with Erin Andrews and taking pictures with fans! Among some of the other celebrity guests, we had Maria Menounos from E! News, rapper Ludacris and more!

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Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews and Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima pose in front of a Bullseye Event Group Banner at the 2016 Players Tailgate.
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Guy Fieri and Maria Menounos pose at the 2016 Players Tailgate.





















The Food

The 2016 Players Tailgate showcased some of the most exquisite pregame tailgate food known to man! The lineup included a super steak sandwich station, a 16-foot nacho bar, a whole hog roast for barbecue and other pork delicacies, a complete raw bar and an open premium bar for all of our over-21 guests.

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The whole hog roasting for the 2016 Players Tailgate.
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The KILLER Raw Bar, as described by Guy Fieri, at the 2016 Players Tailgate.


















Want to check out more Players Tailgate action? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Bullseye_Event, as well as following the hashtag #PlayersTailgate for posts from all of our wonderful guests!

To say the 2016 Players Tailgate was a success would be an understatement. Thank YOU, the guests, for making this year’s Players Tailgate the best tailgate on the planet! Don’t worry, we are already hard at work to ensure next year’s tailgate is better than the last. See you in Houston in 2017!

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