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Which Top QB Fits Colts Best In 2023 NFL Draft?

  • Ryan Fowler
  • November 10, 2022
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Uh, Indianapolis Colts—and I mean this in the best way possible—what in the hell is going on? A franchise with no clear path moving into the future and a carousel that has continued to spin at quarterback since Andrew Luck’s retirement, the blind dart throw that was anointing Jeff Saturday as interim head coach has made Indianapolis the laughing stock of football. 

However, as a way to stay positive, roster talent still remains. However, questions must be answered under center, where the root of all issues on Sundays stems from. While Sam Ehlinger’s story to snaps has been one of rapid succession, the Colts need an upgrade and the 2023 class could provide the long-term answer. Let’s look at a few talents that could slide in nicely for whoever is leading the charge for the Colts next fall.

Bryce Young, Alabama

The Crimson Tide has been battered and bruised this fall. And for Young, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, he’s had to consistently pull rabbits out of his hat to keep Nick Saban’s group competitive. 

While his height (5-foot-11) will continue to raise concerns about his performance ceiling on Sundays, Young is a flat-out gamer who is one of the most intelligent, accurate, and competitive prospects in the entire class. He’s a legit game-changer. While every scout is looking for the next Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, Young’s knack for making something out of nothing and the toughness to consistently make plays within the chaos of the pocket and outside of structure would see him succeed from the moment he suits up in Colts threads. 

While his days with Jameson Williams and John Metchie III last fall made it easy at times to sit back and play catch, the inability of Alabama’s wideouts to create separation this year provided a clear window into who Young will be when things aren’t perfect around him. Long story short, with a legit backfield talent in Jonathan Taylor and perimeter threats in Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce, Young could very easily be the long-term answer for Colts general manager Chris Ballard.

Will Levis, Kentucky

There won’t be any comparisons to the likes of Josh Allen—whom Levis has been linked to too often from strictly a ‘tools’ perspective—made here. Levis remains one of the biggest question marks in the entire class. The ceiling, well, is limitless. The floor… turn on any of his games in the last month. It’s a lot of give and take with Levis, but the biggest thing to remember is the success he’s had behind a battered front five and with an extremely young wide receiver corps.

It’s not easy to win in the SEC, and expectations reached astronomical levels following the Wildcats’ win in The Swamp over Florida in Week 2, but it’s going to take time for Levis before he evolves into the dynamic true dual threat talent he could be. Moving forward, I would like to see him involve his legs more as a physical athlete behind a strong lower half. He isn’t a burner by any means, but expanding his skill set will only make things easier at the next level when things begin to go wrong around him. 

From an athletic profile standpoint, he’s a lot like Luck was out of school as a big, burly, physical (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) talent blessed with elite athletic traits. Now, he’s lightyears behind the former No. 1 overall pick when it comes to the intricate processing ability, accuracy, and many other intangibles that matter, and it’ll take time for Levis to get up to speed at the NFL level, but all the traits you look for are there.

Cameron Ward, Washington State

It remains to be seen if Ward declares or not, but if Ballard is looking for a quarterback whose ceiling is beyond the stratosphere, Ward could be his guy. There are a lot of small things that remain for him to work on—and some of the throws he got away with last fall at Incarnate Word have forced him to adjust his game in his first year with the Cougars—but the league bets on traits, and Ward has all the talent in the world to become a high-level talent on Sundays.

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Ryan Fowler