The Indianapolis Colts do not have a long-term answer at the quarterback position but could solve that issue with Lamar Jackson. There might not be a team who needs an answer at QB more than the Colts, who have had a different starting QB in every season since 1995.
Ok, that was a hyperbole, but you get the point.
Ever since Andrew Luck retired, Indy has not been able to find a solution but instead decided to bring in stopgap veterans for several years. Carson Wentz actually played mostly well in 2021, but for some reason, they dumped Wentz for Matt Ryan, who unfortunately looks about done in the NFL.
They do hold the fourth overall pick, but being in this current position, they might not get their first or even second choice at QB if they don’t move up.
The most likely scenario, if they remain at fourth overall, seems to be Anthony Richardson out of Florida. However, why risk trying to develop a raw QB like Richardson when someone who was similar to Richardson as a prospect is available?
I’d also argue that Indianapolis Colts‘ General Manager Chris Ballard has to make it work this year and has to win. He’s got a career-losing record as GM of the Colts and has not picked a first-round QB. Is that something he’s confident he can do? What if, like most GMs, he isn’t going to be able to draft a franchise signal caller?
Moreover, the Colts did just hire a former coach, Shane Steichen, who worked with a dual-threat QB before in Jalen Hurts. Well, Lamar Jackson is the greatest dual-threat QB of all time, so I’d see no reason why Steichen couldn’t work well with Lamar Jackson.
You see, I think this could be a seamless fit, honestly. The Colts also have some encouraging offensive weapons in Michael Pittman Jr, Alec Pierce, Jelani Woods, and Jonathan Taylor. Their defense is solid and the AFC South is weak, so they’d certainly be able to compete for a top-four seed in the AFC.
This fit makes too much sense, and the Indianapolis Colts need to pursue this possibility.