The Indianapolis Colts recently prompted second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger to QB1 after former starter Matt Ryan was benched by Head Coach Frank Reich. Despite Ryan reportedly having a Grade 2 shoulder separation in his right shoulder, Ehlinger was named the starter for the rest of the season.
Ryan’s injury should come as no surprise to Colts’ fans, judging by the beating he has taken this season. He has been sacked 24 times only seven games into the season. Although he is suffering an injury, his play hasn’t been living up to the hype regardless of his health, which prompted the promotion of Ehlinger.
This move would most likely signal that Jim Irsay and the Colts are looking to have a high draft pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, while also getting to see what they have in Ehlinger, who has flashed in preseason play.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback change could mean high draft pick QB
Recently, Bleacher Report took a look at the quarterbacks in the upcoming draft and picked which teams would fit the top prospects at this position. Indianapolis has a chance to enter the offseason with a top-10 selection with or without Ryan at the helm. What top quarterback prospect best fits the Indianapolis Colts?
Best QB Fit for Colts: Will Levis – Kentucky
Overall Big Board rank: 11th
The Indianapolis Colts won’t have to look far for their potential replacement at quarterback. Just a state away sits a young signal-caller who Bleacher Report believes may be the best fit for the boys in blue.
Will Levis comes in at 6-3, 232 pounds, and has the physical traits to play at the next level. According to the article, Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Levis as the fourth overall prospect in the 2023 draft class and QB2 behind C.J. Stroud. Most likely the Colts won’t have a shot at Stroud or Alabama’s Bryce Young, so Levis may be a realistic option with a lot of upside.
He has drawn comparisons to the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen as far as his athletic abilities go. Scouting departments across the league have named him as the most “pro-ready” quarterback in this class. Levis is finishing up his senior year at Kentucky after spending his first two collegiate seasons with Penn State. He joined Kentucky in 2021 to finish his junior and senior seasons.
Levis has improved every season he’s played, with his junior season at Kentucky being his best thus far. He took the team to the Citrus Bowl and pulled out the win in dramatic fashion. In that season, he played 13 games, amassing 353 pass attempts for a 66% completion percentage. He threw for 2,826 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for 376 yards, scoring nine touchdowns.
This would be a welcomed addition to an Indianapolis Colts squad that is struggling to find its centerpiece for the offense. They have been stuck in a cycle of signing an aging veteran or taking a chance on an out-of-luck quarterback like Carson Wentz for years now.
Levis would be the quarterback the team can finally build around, and would complement their young offensive core of Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, and Jonathan Taylor nicely.
Hopefully, the Colts can do just poorly enough under Ehlinger that they can be in a position to draft Levis.