Just about everyone agrees that Bryce Young and CJ Stroud are not only the top two quarterback prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft, but the top two prospects, period.
Behind them are two other interesting QBs: Anthony Richardson from the University of Florida and Will Lewis from the University of Kentucky.
The Indianapolis Colts, who had the No. 4 pick, almost certainly would not be able to take either Young or Stroud, and so they brought in several front-office decision makers and coaches to watch Lewis in a private workout.
Kentucky QB Will Lewis of the Colts had a personal workout this morning. Indy brought a cavalcade to Lexington for it—GM Chris Ballard, HC Shane Steichen, OC Jim Bob Cooter, QBs coach Cam Turner, GM Ed Dodds and director of colleges Matt Terpenning were all there, according to sources.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 6, 2023
Lewis’s numbers aren’t nearly as impressive as Young and Stroud’s, as he threw for 2,406 yards and 19 touchdowns during the 2022 season.
Ball security is a bit of a concern for him, as he had 10 interceptions last year and 13 in 2021.
But Lewis, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and about 220 pounds, doesn’t seem to have the size concerns that Young, who is 5-foot-10 and less than 200 pounds, has.
The Colts thought they had at least a temporary answer to their QB woes a year ago when they traded for veteran signal-caller Matt Ryan, who has been the top running back for the Atlanta Falcons since 2008 and won the Super Bowl in 2016. I led them.
But the 37-year-old showed his age, and the Colts eventually gave up a 33–0 lead and lost to the season-ending Minnesota Vikings in favor of Nick Foles.
Several years after the unexpected retirement of Andrew Luck, Indianapolis is learning just how difficult it is to find a true franchise QB.
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