Ranking 5 prospective quarterbacks to determine the best fit for the Colts
The first non-SEC quarterback to make the QB rankings, C.J. Stroud truly has the ability to go first overall in the NFL Draft.
A few weeks ago, being compared to Justin Fields was probably not a great outlook on an NFL career, but the former Ohio State Buckeye has proven that once you build the team around him, he will produce.
C.J. might take a similar path in the NFL, being a quarterback that will truly turn around a franchise, as long as the team that drafts him does not try to conform him to their playing style. Stroud has the ability to be an elite quarterback in the NFL.
The issue, like Bryce Young, is that C.J. will go either first or second in the draft and it is going to take an “all-chips in” mentality to go out and get your guy. The Colts’ best hope in the draft is for the Raiders to fall to the first-overall pick and trade up to get Stroud.
Considering the Raiders still have Derek Carr under contract and believe they have the offensive weapons to compete in the playoffs, they may look to move their pick for draft capital to build up pieces around them.
If Houston ends up with the first overall pick, it’s not going to happen. C.J. Stroud is currently the projected first-overall pick and it’s going to take a bit to change that. Maybe he can fall similar to how Justin Fields did, but that’s doubtful considering the way Fields has progressed in year two.