Chris Ballard has been known to be an excellent GM, especially with bringing in young talent. The NFL draft can be a stressful time for general managers, especially for one like Indianapolis Colts’ Chris Ballard, who has earned a reputation as one of the league’s best drafters. But at least once every year, Ballard receives a hilarious call from his friend John Dorsey.
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Chris Ballard has found some mid-round steals at safety the last two seasons. pic.twitter.com/q5sZINMqHB
— Ʊ The Bring The Juice #Colts Podcast Ʊ (@BTJPod) October 9, 2020
John Dorsey and Chris Ballard have been friends ever since their time in Kansas City. Dorsey and Ballard both spent time with the Chief’s front office between 2013 and 2016. The Chiefs made the playoffs in 3 of the 4 years.
But even after going their own separate ways, John Dorsey makes it a point to catch up with his friend in one of the most stressful times for an NFL GM.
Lions Senior executive John Dorsey continued his draft day tradition even as a member of the Detroit Lions.
Late into Friday night as the Indianapolis Colts were on the clock at No.21, Ballard would expect calls that would change how the draft plays out. Except for 1 call.
Dorsey has a history of prank calling Ballard during the most pivotal times in the draft, only for the Colts GM to hang up on him. Here’s that moment from the 2019 NFL Draft:
Draft Day shenanigans with GM Chris Ballard and @Browns GM John Dorsey. 😂
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) May 2, 2019
John Dorsey may not be the GM of the Cleveland Browns anymore. But that didn’t stop his silly antics to continue.
Chris Ballard hanging up on John Dorsey.
A Draft tradition. 😂 pic.twitter.com/4heHdvRMk7
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) April 30, 2021
What’s interesting here is that Ballard references an offer from the Lions. Chances are he’s joking, but it’s possible the Lions were thinking about jumping back into the first round. The Detroit Lions were ecstatic after OT Penei Sewell fell to them with the No.7 pick.
It’s fun for all fans to see silly banter amongst fellow General Managers. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of it next year as well. And it will also be very interesting to see how their fellow rookies do in the 2021 NFL season.