With the No. 4 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts decided to take a big swing with Anthony Richardson, a quarterback from the University of Florida.
He is thought to have lots of potential, especially since he is a dual-threat quarterback.
The Colts have moved on from veteran signal-caller Matt Ryan, who had a very disappointing 2022 season and was benched late in the season after blowing a 33-0 lead and losing to the Minnesota Vikings.
Some aren’t sure if Richardson should or will be the starter in Week 1 of 2023, but according to Dov Kleiman, he’s been taking first-team reps during OTAs.
Video: #Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson hit a couple of bullseyes at OTAs today while on the move.
Richardson is already getting 1st team reps at practice, as he's looking to open the season as QB1.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 2, 2023
At 6-foot-4 and over 230 pounds, Richardson has solid size for an NFL quarterback, and he ran for 654 yards and nine touchdowns last season in college.
He completed only 53.8 percent of his passes in 2022, but then again, the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, another dual-threat QB, also had a low completion rate in college.
In fact, some feel Richardson has a shot at being the best quarterback from this year’s draft, better than even Bryce Young, who went No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers.
Indianapolis has a very solid threat at wide receiver in Michael Pittman Jr. to help Richardson develop his confidence, as well as star running back Jonathan Taylor to take pressure off him.
Most expect the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were red-hot over the second half of last season, to win the AFC South in 2023, but perhaps the Colts could make a run at a Wild Card playoff spot if Richardson proves to be ahead of schedule.NEXT: The Colts Have Signed A Veteran Defensive End