Jim Irsay says the Colts are still undecided on which quarterback they want to draft

Shane Steichen, center, talks with Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay, left, and General Manager Chris
Shane Steichen, center, talks with Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay, left, and General Manager Chris / Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar / USA TODAY

With the 2023 NFL Draft starting on Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts are still undecided on which quarterback they are hoping to select at No. 4.

It’s almost time for the Indianapolis Colts to make a decision that has been brewing for years: drafting a franchise quarterback. With the No. 4 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Colts should be able to come away with one of the top QBs in the class. According to recent trends, Indy may even be able to draft the second quarterback off the board.

The only problem is, Indianapolis doesn’t really know which quarterback it is that they want to draft. In an ESPN piece published on Wednesday, just a day before the draft, team owner Jim Irsay told ESPN’s Stephen Holder that the Colts are still debating on who they want.

Being open about Indianapolis’ plans, Irsay explained, “People think … the decision’s made, or decision makers aren’t telling anyone. That’s not true a lot of times. Honestly, this is as much intrigue and as much debate [as I've seen]. I’m not being evasive. I’m being honest. Really, we are still debating what our options are.”

Colts are still debating their quarterback options

The good news is, Indianapolis’ uncertainty is because the team believes all of the quarterbacks are great options. Irsay argued, “You have four guys and they’re all worthy of being the No. 1 pick in the draft. Any of the four you take at [No.] 1, people can’t slam anyone for it.”

The teams have to do the tough job of splitting hairs and trying to figure out who will be the best professional QB years down the road. Understanding the magnitude of the decision, it makes sense why a franchise would be mulling over it up until the last second.

For the Colts, their decision may be made a little easier since they are picking at No. 4. The Carolina Panthers will select a quarterback at No. 1 and that quarterback will likely be Bryce Young. Then, the Houston Texans will decide if they are going quarterback or not. By the time Indy is on the clock, there may only be two top QBs left to choose from. There’s also a scenario where Indy selects the fourth quarterback of the draft.

So ultimately, while the Colts are debating their ranking of the quarterbacks, unless the Texans swap picks with Indy, the decision for Indianapolis will largely be made by the teams in front of Indy.

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