The Indianapolis Colts need to get themselves a long-term option at quarterback this year, and they are in a good position to do so. Maybe finally, Colts’ General Manager Chris Ballard will take a quarterback with one of his top picks.
For years the Colts have cycled through veteran retreads. They did have some success doing that, but it’s clear to see why it isn’t a viable solution after a few years. If the Colts don’t make a play for Lamar Jackson, they’ll have some valuable draft capital to get their guy in 2023.
Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft: Chris Ballard finally takes a QB
4th overall: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
With both Bryce Young and CJ Stroud going in the top two, the Colts stand pat at fourth overall and take Anthony Richardson from Florida, who might be the best athlete at the QB position the league has seen in years.
35th overall: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Josh Downs might be the perfect wide receiver to pair with Michael Pittman Jr and Alec Pierce. He’s 5’10” and boasts insane explosiveness and athleticism, which is perfect for Richardson’s huge arm.
79th overall: Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia
The Colts went from having one of the very best offensive lines in the NFL for a few years to having one of the worst in 2022, so adding pieces to this unit is a must. The team appears to be ready to move on from Ryan Kelly, so that could leave yet another void along the OL.
106th overall: Luke Wypler, OC, Ohio State
They hit on the offensive line in two straight picks and take Luke Wypler out of Ohio State, who might have a chance to take over for Ryan Kelly in the middle of the unit. Keeping Anthony Richardson upright and even Gardner Minshew to an extent should be Chris Ballard’s top priority.
138th overall: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
162nd overall: KJ Henry, EDGE, Clemson
169th overall: Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
221st overall: Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
236th overall: Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State
The remaining picks for the Colts are simply targeting the best player available, but they could use a boost off the edge, which was a reason for the KJ Henry pick at 162.
We’ll see if they can finally put together a quality QB plan in place, because I think GM Chris Ballard is running out of time.