The Indianapolis Colts will most likely be shopping for a quarterback this offseason and could have the high pick to get it done in the draft.
The Indianapolis Colts have had their struggles at quarterback since Andrew Luck retired prior to the 2019 NFL season. Since then, the Colts have been on a carousel of quarterbacks with marginal success. After Luck, the most successful quarterback in Indianapolis has been Philip Rivers in the 2020 season going 11-5. Jacoby Brissett was a close second going 11-19 over three seasons (17-19).
Indy thought they had their man this year after they traded for Matt Ryan but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Ryan got off to a 3-3-1 start for the season and has since been benched for the young Sam Ehlinger. Ehlinger hasn’t done much in his NFL debut, posting a 0-2 record since taking over the starting role. Now with Jeff Saturday calling the shots Ryan may be back in the conversation for the starting signal caller.
Nevertheless, if Ehlinger doesn’t improve drastically this season the Indianapolis Colts will most likely look to the draft to get a quarterback to build around. Ryan has taken a beating and although he is under contract through 2023, that could easily change if he retires. In a recent post-trade deadline mock draft done by Bleacher Report, the Colts take a chance on what could become a franchise centerpiece at arguably the most important position on offense.
Colts find lucky number 7
In this mock draft, Indianapolis had the 15th overall pick in the first round leading them to pick Will Levis out of Kentucky. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound quarterback has thrown for almost 2,000 yards in eight games for the Wildcats. He has completed 143-of-210 passes en route to 16 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He is finishing his second year at Kentucky and fourth of his collegiate career after spending his first two seasons at Penn State.
In a full season at Kentucky, his most successful school, he threw 353 passes with 233 completions racking up almost 3,000 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. In his career, he has thrown for a little over 5,000 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. The Bleacher Report analyst mentioned that Levis has a “big-arm and a do-or-die mentality in the pocket.” He went on to compare him to Ryan Tannehill and his play-action abilities in Tennessee with Derrick Henry.
Is Will Levis a good fit for the Colts?
Although that comparison may not excite many Indianapolis Colts fans, they need to think about the big picture. The Colts’ offense would like to center around Jonathan Taylor and having a quarterback that can run the play-action effectively will open up huge bombs down the field for the plethora of young receivers in the blue and white. Plus, Levis may be the most experienced quarterback in this draft at 23 years old and having played at two schools for two seasons apiece seeing strong defenses in both the Big Ten and SEC.
Although he may not be the flashy pick like C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young would be, Levis brings two extra years of maturity and at least a year more experience at the collegiate level than both of these guys. Levis already has the seal of approval from Peyton Manning, as the article points out, when he said, “I like Will Levis. This guy is an NFL quarterback.” This also isn’t the first mock draft that has pegged Levis to Indy. At least he wouldn’t have to change wardrobes, just switch over from claw to horseshoe.