With one month remaining until the 2023 draft, teams at the top of the board are increasingly turning their attention to this year’s class of prospects. That includes the quarterback position for several teams slated to pick in the top five – such as the Colts – who find themselves in an interesting situation.
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Indianapolis holds the fourth overall selection, which has led to the widespread belief that they will draft a quarterback with that pick. They have a vacancy at the top of the depth chart, after their 2022 experiment with Matt Ryan failed and led to the veteran’s release. The Colts have since signed Gardner Minshew in a move which reunites him with head coach Shane Steichen, but the latter confirmed that a backup role awaits him with his new team.
“Right now, obviously, he’s coming in to just compete and be the best he can be, you know, and that’s where we’re going,” Steichen said, when asked whether Minshew could compete for the vacant starting job. “That’s where we feel he’s at right now and that’s his role right now” (h/t Brenna White of NFL.com).
Minshew signed a one-year deal with a maximum value of $5.5MM, giving the Colts a No. 2 option with 24 starts and 32 appearances to his name. However, the team’s Week 1 starter in 2023 has long been expected to be the signal-caller drafted with their top pick. On that note, though, The Athletic’s Zak Keefer notes that the Colts feel “pretty strongly” that the 2023 class is devoid of a can’t-miss franchise QB (Twitter link).
With the quarterback-needy Panthers and Texans slated to select first and second, respectively, there is a strong chance both Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud will be off the board before the Colts’ pick. The other top options at the position, Will Levis and Anthony Richardson, are generally seen as more volatile prospects in terms of their ability to transition successfully into the NFL. Given the lack of attractive options likely to be available to Indianapolis under center, the team could be steered toward an unexpected move.
Keffer’s colleague James Boyd opines that the Colts could consider drafting the best player available at No. 4, and saving their QB pursuits for later in the draft (subscription required). A number of high-end defenders will be on the board assuming Carolina and Houston take Young and Stroud in one order or another, so Indianapolis could be well-positioned to bolster their roster on that side of the ball. Their next selection is at No. 35, which Boyd notes may be too low for the team to secure Hendon Hooker, the next highest-rated passer.
For that reason, Boyd points to a trade-down from the fourth overall pick being a possibility if the Colts aren’t sold on selecting Levis or Richardson early. Hooker, coming off a torn ACL, carries risk of his own, of course, which will make the Colts’ evaluations and plans at the QB spot a key storyline in the coming weeks.
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“Right now, obviously, he’s coming in to just compete and be the best he can be, you know, and that’s where we’re going,” Steichen said, when asked whether Minshew could compete for the vacant starting job. “That’s where we feel he’s at right now and that’s his role right now”
I’m trying to figure out how this quote “confirms that a backup role awaits him” (Minshew). Couldn’t “coming in to compete” also be referring to competition for the starting job?
After 20+ plus years in a row of manning then luck, maybe the colts should spend another 6 years of missteps landing a franchise qb no?
These 4 aren’t franchise guys though. That’s kind of the point.
I agree, but they’re only in this spot to begin with because they’ve taken half measures trying to find a quarterback every year since Luck retired. I’m assuming that’s what the previous comment meant.
Biggest mistake the colts can make right now is trading up to take a future bust in Richardson or Levis.
After making questionable calls on Ryan, Wentz, and Rivers – and then hiring a former player with no coaching experience as the HEAD coach – do you really expect the Colts to do something sane?
The qb moves weren’t insane, they just didn’t work out. Hiring Saturday…I’ll give you that one, insane.
You guys are morons; the Saturday hire as interim coach in a lost season with no one to call plays was not a big deal. Anyone else they made interim coach would have had the same results. Reich hamstrung them with his play calling ineptness, then after he was gone his system remained in place. He was never the innovative offensive mind he was touted to be
I would trade down and take Hooker. He was the most successful of the three SEC QB’s (not including Young) in the running.