The Colts were dealt a blow when Andrew Luck unexpectedly retired. How does this affect their draft plans in 2020?
Jacoby Brissett is the new starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. It’s still weird to think about, but it’s the truth. Brissett is their starter for at least this year. He will have a chance to prove himself the entire season. But his play will have an effect on what the Colts do in the draft.
Quarterbacks are the most premium position in the NFL. Everyone is searching for a franchise one. If Brissett doesn’t play well enough, the Colts will likely have to drop into the draft pool in 2020. There are a couple of big QB prospects in that draft.
Justin Herbert would have been one of the first quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2019 draft. But he elected to stay in school for this upcoming season. Because of that, he could be in position to be one of the top targets for the Colts next draft.
Herbert has a strong arm and has a chance to put up some big numbers now that he has some good receivers at Oregon. He will be a top target for any team that is in need for a quarterback. He will likely be a top five pick. If Brissett doesn’t perform well, the Colts could slide that far back.
Tua Tagovailoa is the other big time quarterback prospect in the 2020 draft. He is out of Alabama and was a Heisman trophy finalist last season. He is likely going to be a top 10 pick next season. Even if the Colts don’t end up being that bad, they could trade up to get him.
Either way, the Colts are likely going to be in the market for a quarterback soon. If not next season, then the season after the when Trevor Lawrence is draft eligible. Even if Brissett plays well, there is a chance they draft one of them anyway.