Could the Colts take Anthony Richardson early?
Do you have whiplash from Colts twitter with the next craze on who the fans want to draft? There has been C.J. Stroud, then Will Levis, then Anthony Richardson, and now back to C.J. Stroud.
So why does Richardson fall to the fifth-spot in the rankings after the Bowl games? Florida finished their season at 6-7 and Richardson did not provide enough power to get them to a winning record and he didn’t play in the team’s Bowl game. Without him, the Florida Gators got blown out in their 30-3 loss to No. 14 Oregon State in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl.
Florida’s only win this season against a ranked opponent came against No. 7 Utah in the first week of the season. It has been such a rough season for the Gators and above-average quarterback play should have vaulted the team further than a final 6-7 record.
With all of that being said, Richardson does have the skills to extend plays and run the ball, which is a route the NFL is going. However, similar to Justin Fields, he struggles with finding accuracy down the field.
Richardson’s arm strength will never be a question mark, but the accuracy is really what is sticking to Richardson, being a developmental quarterback at best during his rookie season. Drafting Richardson will require a bridge quarterback so Richardson can learn how quick the NFL is and adjust his play to an NFL offense.
Honorable Mention: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee (previously ranked: 4th)