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Picking 13th in the NFL Draft can be a tough spot when you think you may need a quarterback.
It’s not likely you’ll be able to get the top guy coming out, which stinks, but you have to think about the situation that they’ll be walking into.
Think Joe Burrow heading to Cincinnati.
Great player, sure, but the Bengals are a dumspter fire everywhere else.
That’s not the case for the Colts.
The Athletic’s Zak Keefer explained why yesterday on The Ride with JMV.
“The Colts are an absolutely perfect situation to walk into for a young quarterback,” Keefer told JMV.
“They’re (the quarterbacks) going to make mistakes. They all do. You’ve got an elite offensive line, you’ve got a great head coach with a quarterback background, you’ve got a great offensive coordinator, you’ve got a terrific running back, and they’re going to add some pieces on offense next year.”
Offensive line is a quarterback’s best friend. That rings even more true for a potential rookie quarterback.
So, if that’s the case, does Keefer see Chris Ballard going with quarterback at 13 in April?
“I don’t,” Keefer said.
“If you give me the field, I’ll take another position just to hedge my bets, but I do think it is absolutely a possibility. I do think they take one in the draft. I don’t think they’re going to reach. I wrote this last week, I know there isn’t a Patrick Mahomes in this draft – at least in terms of what’s realistic at your spot at 13, but if there’s a guy out there you like, and if you like Jordan Love, and I’m just throwing a name out there, and you think his arm is great, and you think his intangibles are great, and you think his footwork and his fundamentals are something you can work on then I say go get him, be aggressive, be really aggressive. History will like that move in a couple of years.”
That’s how the NFL works now. You have to be aggressive and form your team to a potentially transcendent quarterback.
See Ravens, Chiefs, Cardinals, hell even the Bills.
Those are all guys that probably even five years ago wouldn’t have even sniffed the first round.
But this isn’t your dad’s NFL anymore.
Taking someone like Love or Herbert would certainly make more sense than slapping an expensive band-aid like Philip Rivers on this roster, though.
“I wasn’t buying it after the season regarding Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. Eli Manning retires. I’m not buying it with Tom Brady. It’s a band-aid approach. It’s going to be very, very expensive. It flies against everything they said they were going to do on how they build this team.”
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