Top quarterback prospects share their thoughts about the Colts ahead of the NFL Draft

Apr 26, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud prepares to throw the
Apr 26, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud prepares to throw the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2023 NFL Draft starting on Thursday night, top quarterback prospects share their thoughts about possibly joining the Indianapolis Colts.

Soon, the Carolina Panthers will be kicking off the 2023 NFL Draft, presumably by drafting Alabama quarterback Bryce Young. While everyone is confident that Young will be the first name called, no one knows what exactly to expect after that. One of the expectations, however, is that the Indianapolis Colts will also draft a quarterback in the top four.

The Colts currently have the No. 4 pick, so it’s unclear what quarterbacks will be available for them. Indianapolis is also still unsure about which quarterback it prefers to draft. What we do know is that it will likely be between Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Florida’s Anthony Richardson, and Kentucky’s Will Levis.

Just like everyone else, the prospects have no idea what will happen on Thursday night, but they recently took some time to talk about the relationship they’ve built with the Indianapolis Colts during this pre-draft process.

At a pre-draft community event hosted by the NFL on Wednesday, all of the prospects in attendance took time to speak with the media. Anthony Calhoun of WISH-TV spoke with the three quarterbacks that have a chance to land in Indianapolis and got their thoughts on the Colts.

Chris Ballard has kept in contact with CJ Stroud

CJ Stroud reflected on his visit with the Colts, explaining how great everyone was from Shane Steichen to quarterback coach Cam Turner to Chris Ballard. Stroud referred to Ballard as “an amazing man,” and revealed that Ballard has kept in touch with him throughout the process just to check in on Stroud.

Stroud is the best prospect of the three, and that’s also why he is the most unlikely option. For the longest, he was expected to go second-overall, but there’s now a chance that the Houston Texans may pass on him. If that happens, Indy should certainly be trying to get up to No. 3 to select him.

Colts were one of Will Levis’ favorite visits

Indianapolis has spent a lot of time with Will Levis throughout the pre-draft process, and many insiders are convinced that he is Indy’s No. 1 option. On Wednesday, Levis detailed some of the process and explained that the Colts were one of his favorite visits. He had a private workout with the team, they hosted him for a top 30 visit, and Indy also sent a ton of people to his pro day.

The expectation is that Indianapolis will ultimately have to choose between Levis and Anthony Richardson. While Richardson has won over the fans, several reporters believe that it’s Levis that has won over the Colts.

Anthony Richardson is ready to be a Hall of Fame quarterback

Anthony Richardson hasn’t been shy about his goals throughout this process and he’s confident in his skills and his work ethic. He has repeatedly expressed that whatever team drafts him will be getting an uber-talented player that wants to be the best and will work his hardest until he is. Will he be doing that in Indianapolis?

That remains to be seen. A number of fans certainly want to see that happen, and it’s hard not to get excited about the possibility of adding the dynamic Richardson to a Shane Steichen-coached offense that also has Jonathan Taylor. But, whether it’s Richardson, Levis, or Stroud, everyone will find out on Thursday night.

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