Not even the Indianapolis Colts can deny that the team needs to draft a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Signing the 38-year old Phillip Rivers gives plenty of fans reason for optimism this season, but what about the future?
The Colts have selections from the second round to the sixth round and should make a selection on a quarterback.
Maybe, the Colts even trade up for a firth-rounder, or trade down and net a seventh-round pick.
Either way, here is an option for the Colts for each round.
First Round: Jordan Love (Utah State)
If the Colts were to regain their first-round pick, then using it on Love is the easy choice.
Love has already stated that he “would love to play” for Indianapolis.
In 2019, his junior season at Utah State, Love led the team to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Frisco Bowl.
As a sophomore, Love threw for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Second Round: Jacob Eason (Washington)
Eason finished 2019 with 3,132 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
The numbers may not be glamorous, but Eason is a pro-style quarterback that would fit into the current offensive schema.
He also has a cannon for an arm.
Third Round: Jake Fromm
This is my second-favorite pick.
If Fromm is available in the third round, then the Colts should pull the trigger.
Fromm’s 2018 season featured 2,761 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and a passer efficiency rating of 171.3,
In 2019, Fromm’s stats were good, but not great.
Fromm’s completion percentage dropped 7%, and his passer efficiency rating dropped nearly 30 points.
For the season, his stats included 2,860 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes.
He does have a great ability to throw the ball downfield.
— Jared Feinberg (@JrodDraftScout) September 22, 2019
Fourth Round: James Morgan (Florida International)
I would just like to say that this the pick I think is best for the Colts.
Morgan is an option that is slated to be available in the third round but could fall to the fourth-round.
He started his career at BGSU and spent the last two seasons with FIU.
At 6-foot-4, Morgan threw for 2,560 yards last season with just five interceptions and a 58% completion rate.
In his junior year, Morgan threw 26 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
Who is this year’s Gardner Minshew? One that evaluators point to as a possibility is FIU QB James Morgan. pic.twitter.com/mKL5izKEvA
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 29, 2020
Fifth Round: Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma)
Some may think that Hurts is getting sold short by falling this low, but I don’t.
Hurts ran for over 800 yards three times out of his four-year career that featured three seasons with Alabama.
Last season, Hurts threw for 2,780 yards, 23 touchdowns, and rushed for 954 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Before we consider him the next Lamar Jackson, he was originally pegged as a sixth-round pick.
If Hurts falls to this level, he might be worth a look.
Sixth Round: Cole McDonald (Hawaii)
If you are drafting a quarterback in the sixth round, you are taking a chance on someone.
McDonald threw 33 touchdown passes to go with 14 interceptions and 4,431 passing yards.
His 2018 campaign featured 3,875 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
McDonald has a big arm and fits the mold on a typical “take a chance” prospect.
— Fed Scivittaro (@MeshPointScout) August 25, 2019
Seventh Round: Shae Patterson (Michigan)
Patterson was once considered a 5-star recruit.
When he transferred to Michigan, he was seen as the savior that would lead Michigan to the College Football Playoff.
That didn’t happen.
He has the talent and it showed during a season in which he threw for 3,061 yards and 23 touchdowns.
However, his stock is low after average outings against ranked opponents on Michigan’s schedule, which included all four of their losses.