After hearing Jim Irsay give a press conference yesterday, it seems very clear that the Colts won’t be taking a quarterback in the first round of the draft this year.
The quarterback position has been talked about a lot in Indianapolis. Jacoby Brissett did not perform well enough in the second half of the season, and fans want a change. But they won’t be getting a change in the form of a first-round quarterback pick.
Owner Jim Irsay made it clear that they were exploring all options at quarterback, but also made it clear it is highly unlikely they will take one in the first round. That does leave the door open for later round picks to be used on one. The Colts do have two second round picks.
Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts, and Jake Fromm would all likely be available in that range. If the Colts decide they want a new quarterback, those would be the guys worth watching. They won’t be getting Tua, Justin Herbert, or even Jordan Love.
To me, this signals that Brissett is the starting quarterback next year. Everyone around the organization keeps reminding fans how injured they were on the offensive side of the ball. This is certainly true, and was most prominent at the wide receiver position.
Some may also read Irsay’s quotes from his presser and think that Andrew Luck has a chance to come back and play for the team. Let me clear that up right now…NO. It’s not happening. Luck is done forever and any hope that he is coming back is misguided.
Colts fans need to come to grips that they are likely in for another year of Brissett. This is the last year the team is committed to him financially, so they can move on next year if he doesn’t improve his play. They still might draft a quarterback, but they would likely sit behind Brissett this year.
The combine will give us a better sense of which quarterback the team is targeting and who might be wearing the Horseshoe when late April comes around.