Could Ravens workout with a top quarterback prospect be a sign of the Colts plans?

Mar 1, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard speaks to the
Mar 1, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard speaks to the / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are getting to know a top quarterback prospect. Could that have anything to do with the Indianapolis Colts and their quarterback plans?

As the 2023 NFL Draft approaches, the expectation is that four quarterbacks will be selected in the top 10, with three likely to come off the board in the first four picks. One of those quarterbacks is Anthony Richardson. Several experts believe that Richardson won’t make it past the Indianapolis Colts, who are picking at No. 4.

However, that didn’t stop the Baltimore Ravens from scheduling a pre-draft visit with the athletic quarterback. NFL insider, Josina Anderson, reported that Richardson is expected to meet with the Las Vegas Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, and the Ravens.

Looking at the quarterback situation and draft position of all these teams, and it makes sense why they are meeting with Richardson; except for Baltimore. The Ravens currently have the 22nd-overall pick, and they also claim that they’re committed to Lamar Jackson as their quarterback. However, the interest in Richardson says otherwise.

Could this workout with Anthony Richardson be a sign that Baltimore could be about to move Lamar Jackson to a team picking in the top five? Could that team be the Colts?

Could Lamar Jackson be on his way to the Colts?

This seems to make the most sense for why Baltimore would be having a private workout with Richardson. Of course, it could just be NFL teams’ favorite word: due diligence. But that would be unnecessary due diligence if the Ravens are going to stay at 22 and really stick with Lamar Jackson. It seems like Baltimore is facing the reality that it may really be without Jackson next year.

From the moment the Ravens used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, the Colts were viewed as a team that made a lot of sense as a potential suitor. Indianapolis has been desperately searching for a franchise quarterback, and with the No. 4 pick in the draft, Indy wouldn’t have its choice of the quarterback prospects, so trading for Jackson just made sense.

Since that hasn’t happened yet, experts have been projecting Anthony Richardson to the Colts in several mock drafts. That means, if Baltimore did send Lamar Jackson to Indianapolis before the draft, the Ravens would get the No. 4 pick. Indy would have a franchise QB in Jackson, and Baltimore would be in position to draft Anthony Richardson.

While several more things need to unfold for all of this to go down, the Baltimore Ravens having a visit with Anthony Richardson certainly seems like the first step.

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