The Indianapolis Colts are facing a critical decision in the upcoming NFL draft. As one of the most successful franchises in NFL history, the Colts have a proud tradition of excellence. But after a disappointing 4-12-1 season, the team finds itself in need of a quarterback to lead them into the future. With the fourth overall pick in the draft, the Colts have a chance to draft a quarterback who can help them turn their fortunes around.
The Colts have been linked to several potential quarterback options in the draft, but two names have emerged as the most likely choices – Bryce Young and CJ Stroud. Both players have been highly touted and are considered to be the most accomplished quarterbacks in the draft.
What makes these quarterbacks stand out as the likeliest choices for the Colts is that they fit what the team wants and needs at the moment. Beyond just the physical attributes of the quarterbacks, the Colts are also placing a lot of weight on how the players conduct themselves in meetings with the team. A quarterback’s presence is vital to GM Chris Ballard, as he knows he will be asking a 20-something to light a fire under a group of grown men who just suffered through a disappointing season.
This is why it’s a bit strange that the Colts only confirmed an official quarterback interview with Florida’s Anthony Richardson at the NFL Draft Combine. While Ballard may not put much stock in Combine workouts, it seems odd to not at least sit-down and does formal interviews with the top quarterback prospects.
It’s possible that Ballard is intent on not tipping his hand to any opponents and bypassed all public interviews to keep his intentions under wraps. Or, it’s possible that the Colts already know what player they intend to draft and don’t see the need for additional interviews.
Regardless, the Colts have a major decision to make in the upcoming draft, and all eyes will be on them as they make their selection. With the future of the franchise on the line, they cannot afford to make a misstep in their search for the next franchise quarterback.
The Colts have a storied history of success, including two Super Bowl wins and a long list of hall of famers. However, in recent years, the team has struggled to find consistency in the quarterback position. Andrew Luck retired unexpectedly in 2019, and the team has been searching for a franchise quarterback ever since.
The Colts have tried several options at quarterback since Luck’s departure, including Jacoby Brissett, Phillip Rivers, Carson Wentz, and most recently, Matt Ryan. While Ryan showed flashes of brilliance last season, he was unable to carry the team to the playoffs, and the Colts finished with a horrific losing record.
The Colts know that they need a franchise quarterback to build around if they want to return to their winning ways. With the fourth overall pick in the draft, the team has a chance to draft a player who can lead them to the promised land.