He was a candidate for the GM opening with the 49ers, but the Chiefs blocked him from interviewing since Kansas City was still playing at the time. Now that Kansas City is done playing, however, it would make a lot of sense for the Colts to want to talk with Ballard, as he’s viewed as one of the top personnel guys in football.
Upon graduation from Ole Miss, Wallace attended rookie minicamp with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and entertained offers from Canadian Football League teams. He earned his start in the coaching profession during the 2015 season as an assistant football coach at the Episcopal School of Dallas.
"It’s the beginning of the process of how we do our season," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said of the Senior Bowl week last year. "It’s the best of the senior class within this year’s draft, so it gives you a chance to really put your hands on these players, watch them move around, watch them compete. "It also gives you a chance to kind of, for the first time, really to see who they are as people as well."
Ware signed a two-year contract extension through 2018 worth up to $3.6 million before the 2016 season, and he followed with more than 1,300 yards from scrimmage, as he rushed for 921 yards and three touchdowns, and caught 33 passes for 442 yards and two scores.
Ballard is the director of football operations for the Kansas City Chiefs, a role he’s had for the past two seasons. Before that, he was the director of player personnel for two seasons with the Chiefs after being brought in with new GM John Dorsey and new coach Andy Reid. Prior to his time in Kansas City, Ballard spent twelve seasons with the Chicago Bears. From 2001-2011 he was the southwest area scout for the Bears, and he helped in the draft process in taking Matt Forte and Charles Tillman, among others. In his final year with the Bears, 2012, he was the director of pro scouting.