Despite having the fourth-overall pick in the draft, the Indianapolis Colts are getting to know quarterbacks that are expected to be drafted in later rounds.
The Indianapolis Colts currently have the No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and they really need to use that pick to select a quarterback. All offseason, the conversation has been about four quarterbacks: Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, Anthony Richardson, and Will Levis. Which QB will be first off the board, what order will they go in, and who will end up with the Colts?
At No. 4, the expectation is that Indianapolis will likely choose between Richardson and Levis. While that’s possible, Indy knows anything can happen in the draft, so the Colts are keeping their options open. That’s evident by the fact that Indianapolis is taking the time to learn more about the quarterback prospects that are expected to be taken in the later rounds.
It has been reported that Indy has been showing interest in BYU quarterback, Jaren Hall, and also revealed that Indianapolis is planning to have a private workout with Purdue quarterback, Aidan O’Connell. Although neither guys are first-round quarterbacks, they could still be targets for the Colts.
Colts showing interest in Jaren Hall and Aidan O’Connell
Jaren Hall spent the last five years at BYU. He started his college career as Zach Wilson’s backup, but after Wilson went to the NFL, Hall took over as the starter. Since becoming the starting quarterback, Hall has put together two impressive seasons. In 2021, Hall completed 63.9% of his passes for 2,583 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just five interceptions.
In 2022, those numbers improved to completing 66% of his passes for 3,171 yards, 31 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Hall also had 307 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 2021, and 350 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 2022.
Aidan O’Connell, on the other hand, played four years at Purdue. He played in 12 games in each of his final two seasons. In 2021, O’Connell completed 71.6% of his passes for 3,712 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. In 2022, he completed 64.1% of his passes for 3,490 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
The Colts getting to know more about these prospects doesn’t mean that they aren’t taking a quarterback in the first round. Indianapolis could be preparing to take a guy early and late in the draft like we’ve seen teams do in the past, or Indianapolis is just doing it’s due diligence on all prospects and being prepared for whatever happens during draft weekend.