3 Most Likely Colts Draft Targets With the 4th Overall Pick

3 Most Likely Colts Draft Targets With the 4th Overall Pick


The 2022 NFL season didn't go the way that the Indianapolis Colts planned, but there's no changing the past at this point. The Colts have put their disastrous campaign in the rearview mirror and now have their sights set on the 2023 NFL Draft, where they currently hold the fourth overall selection.

Although there are rumors that Indy could trade up in the draft, there's also a chance that they'll stay where they are. The good news for general manager Chris Ballard is that there will be several talented players available at No. 4, including some potentially franchise-altering prospects.

Here's a look at the three most likely draft targets for the Colts with the fourth overall pick.

Colts Draft Rumors

1. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

The Colts have been in quarterback purgatory since Andrew Luck retired, but Bryce Young would solve that issue for years to come. The consensus top QB in the draft, Young racked up 8,200 passing yards with 79 passing touchdowns and just 12 interceptions over his final two seasons at Alabama. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner received numerous individual accolades during his time with the Crimson Tide and even led them to a National Championship appearance last year. Young's quick feet and 6-foot-5 frame make him tough to take down, which should be music to Colts fans' ears after how easily Matt Ryan was sacked last year. While it's unlikely that Young will fall to No. 4, there's no doubt that Indy will scoop him up if he's available.

2. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

If the Colts don't land Young, they won't complain if they leave the draft with C.J. Stroud instead. The California native was fantastic in two seasons at Ohio State, throwing for 8,123 yards and 85 TDs with only 12 INTs. The two-time Heisman finalist was the Big Ten Offensive Player and QB of the Year in both of his campaigns and was even second-team All-American in 2022. Stroud might not be the most mobile signal-caller, but his big arm makes up for it and should help him get the most out of pass-catchers like Michael Pittman, Alec Pierce and Jelani Woods. Just like Young, drafting Stroud ensures that Indianapolis wouldn't have to worry about the QB position for years to come.

3. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

It's truly hard to imagine the Colts not taking a quarterback fourth overall, making Kentucky's Will Levis another legitimate option. He might not be NFL-ready like Young and Stroud, but Levis has the potential to be a household name one day. Although his 2,406 passing yards and 19 TDs to 10 INTs this season were a step back from last year, Levis constantly showed flashes of brilliance that have fans excited for his future. He also has a strong arm and can run with the ball (11 rushing TDs since 2021), making him the kind of dual-threat that NFL coaches covet these days. If Indy surrounds him with the right pieces and coaching staff, Levis could make the team a legitimate threat before long.

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