1. Colts must draft the right quarterback for a chance at the Super Bowl
A team has never reached the Super Bowl with a rookie quarterback starting, though several have made it close. However, choosing the right quarterback at the top of the draft will certainly get Indy closer to the big game next season than selecting the wrong one will. That pretty much goes without saying though. The real question is who will be the right quarterback for Indy?
Depending on who you ask, every fan, scout, and draft analyst has a different QB1. The consensus top three guys seem to be Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, and Kentucky’s Will Levis. There are also polarizing prospects like Anthony Richardson from Florida and Hendon Hooker from Tennessee. It’ll be up to Chris Ballard and the Colts to figure out which guy will be the best at the next level.
If Indianapolis gets that decision right, the franchise could be changed for the better for the next decade, and that impact could start as soon as next season. Assuming the Colts address the other needs they have, especially things listed on this list, and hire a quality head coach, a rookie quarterback could be walking into a great set of circumstances. The Colts have arguably the best running back in football, emerging young pass catchers, and a good defense.
The biggest question is how much will the offensive line improve. If the line is better, and Indianapolis selects a quarterback that is the real deal, the Colts should be able to dominate the AFC South and get into the mix for Super Bowl 58.