Not very indepth look at the Colts FA/Draft Options at QB
FA or Trade QBs
-Dak Prescott: Definitely the best QB out of the entire class. Although paying (most Likely) 40M for a good QB that most likely won’t bring a team to a SB is too much. I also think the Cowboys will bring him back. Move Grade: 6/10
-Mitchell Trubisky: This is intriguing but I don’t think Mitch will ever be anything special. If he goes to a good team will most likely have a career like Kirk Cousins or Derek Carr where they’re good but nothing in terms of winning a conference chanpionship. Move Grade: 7/10
-Jameis Winston: Very talented but definitely has character issues and that takes him off my radar. Not like terrible character issues, but enough to where the Colts wouldn’t go after him. I also think the Saints will retain him. This won’t happen Move Grade: 4/10
-Ryan Fitzpatrick: This is a really good move if the Colts are really confident in Jacob Eason (or draft a QB/trade for Darnold) and hope to have Fitzpatrick to start out the season and play about 8 games then give it to Eason. Although I think it takes us out of real contention. Maybe (really big maybe) we go 10-6 and make the playoffs but we’d be much worse than last year. Move Grade: 7/10
-Jacoby Brissett: No, just no. At least with other QBs on this list it’ll be some what entertaining to watch. Move Grade: 4/10
-Cam Newton: Has a lot of talent, but did not look good last year at all. As well as Character doesn’t fit with the Colts. Move Grade: 2/10
-Andy Dalton: This would be the same situation as Ryan Fitzpatrick. Move Grade 6/10
-Marcus Mariota: I don’t think he’s good at all. When the Titans traded for Tannehill I knew he would take over at some point the following season. He’ll be a journeyman the rest of his career. Move Grade: 1/10
-Sam Darnold: I could really like this move for maybe a third but anything more and you’re just giving up too much for a young QB to develop when you already have one. What I would like is to get someone with a little experience like Dalton or Fitzpatrick and let Darnold sit for some time until he’s ready. I could really see this being a realistic scenario and wouldn’t mind it if we traded a third and maybe a 2022 6th or 7th. Move Grade 8/10
-Jimmy Garapolo: I don’t want a QB of mediocrity. This move makes us a 10-11 win team every year but will never advance in the playoffs. I also don’t think the 49ers will part ways with him now that Stafford is gone. Move Grade 2/10
- Justin Fields: I think he’s the best QB in this class not named Trevor Lawerence. He has great character, great mobility with a really talented arm. He showed a lot of toughness when he played through two injuries, one in the big ten championship in 2019 and the other against Clemson in the 2021 semi final playoff game. Both injuries were during the game and the next play he got back on the field, he threw a TD pass! I really don’t see the Colts trading up to 2 to get him nor would I want it cause it would take too much draft capital.
-Zach Wilson: He’s such a good prospect for a lot of the reasons Justin Fields is, good character, good mobility, and great arm talent. He too will cost tons of draft capital to get so I don’t think its very realistic.
-Trey Lance: I think this would be a great move. The best runner in this class by far as well as he has great character and a really good arm. Ha, all these QBs are a lot alike in the ways I’m describing them. Obviously they aren’t that similar if I were going indepth but that’s not what this is. My main knock on him is that he only played one year so it would take a longer time to develop him(multiple years). There isn’t really any QB we could acquire that could be the starting QB for 1-2 years. If he were there at 21 i think you take him but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get him.
-Mac Jones: Nothing about him really gets me excited. First off, he’s an alabama QB and that right out of the get-go is something to look at. Secondly, he was throwing to most likely 2 first round picks at WR as well as handing it off to a possible 2nd round pick. This is definitely the most likely option in the draft but I just don’t see why you would get an average developmental guy using a first rounder when you already have one in Eason who is much more talented and has a lot higher of a ceiling. I would only draft him if he fell to our second round pick.
-Kyle Trask: Have only seen about 5 of his games but he doesn’t seem better than Eason at all. At least with Mac Jones you’re getting a stable thrower who can read a defense better. Now granted my opinion of him is a little skewered cause I haven’t seen too much of him but he just doesn’t seem like a Franchise QB.
Most Realistic option would either be trading for Sam Darnold or taking Mac Jones with #21. Ballard isn’t the guy to trade 3 first round picks to move up to 2 and pretty much put his entire future into a 22 year old. If either of these guys were brought in there would most likely be a veteran QB as well cause I don’t think either of them are ready to start week 1.
Stafford going to LA really hurt us and made so much sense. I trust Ballard to get the QB. Don’t expect the QB to start week 1 next year to be the guy of the future would be my guess. I thank anyone who read this far, I wasn't planning on posting this, I was just kinda brainstorming and thought I kinda wanna see what other colts fans think of the crappy situation were in in terms of QB.