The news of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sudden retirement on Saturday night sent shock waves through the NFL and even caused some Colts fans to show their anger with his decision.. It’s safe to say that nobody saw Andre Luck retiring coming as it was thought that at worse Luck would only miss a few games from his ankle injury. Instead the wear and tear on his body has has taken away the love of the game for Luck and he’s leaving.
But where does that leave the Colts? At this point there isn’t much they can do other than run with Jacoby Brissett as their starter. This isn’t foreign to Brissett as he started 15 games back in 2017 when Luck missed the entire year with a shoulder injury. Brissett flashed at times but the Colts struggled to a 4-12 season. With an improved roster and another year of development this season will be a tryout of sorts for Brissett as he’s looking to prove that he can be the Colts starter for years to come. But if the Colts don’t make the playoffs and Brissett doesn’t look like their franchise quarterback the Colts will have some options in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tua and Herbert
At this point in the 2020 NFL Draft prep there are two clear top tier quarterbacks in Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert. The problem is that that Colts are just too talented of a football team and too well coached to likely be picking in the top 10, let alone the top 5 where both of these quarterbacks will be taken. Now if the Colts are close to the top 10 there is a chance that they could trade up to get one of them. The Colts do have an extra second round pick from the Washington Redskins and if they are able to package those twos and their one, maybe they could move up. But that seems like a stretch at this point.
Jake Fromm, Georgia
For many Jake Fromm is the third quarterback in this class and there are plenty of reasons to feel this way. Fromm was able to come into the starting role as a true freshman and help lead the Bulldogs to the National Title Game and nearly win it. Now Fromm has some inconsistencies with his accuracy and since he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm he needs to throw with better touch and anticipation. But Fromm also shows good decision making from the position not putting the ball into bad situations and allowing his playmakers a chance to make those plays. And let’s not forget about how he’s had to compete since day one to keep the spot. Fromm got the job with Jacob Eason went down but then had to hold him off once he was healthy. Then Fromm had to hold off Josh Fields who was the top quarterback in the nation coming out of high school. That says a lot.
Jordan Love, Utah State
Most smaller school prospects that have first round potential are loaded with the physical tools and are lacking the mental part of the game. For Utah State’s Jordan Love that’s not quite the case. His ability to quick up blitzes and get the ball out, look off the safeties while being able to go through his progressions put hims up in the top tier on recognition alone. When you pair that up with his physical talent then the sky is the limit for the 6’4 220lb redshirt junior. However what causes me to pause with Love as the longer his throws become. Love seems to have at least above average arm strength but he puts way too much air under his throws which leads to the ball being off target far too often. If he’s able to clean that up, the 1st round could be a given.
Jacob Eason, Washington
As previously mentioned Jacob Eason started his career off at Georgia as he played as a true freshman. But an injury during the start of his sophomore year allowed Jake Fromm to take over and Eason never got a chance again leading to him returning to his home state of Washington. Now the starter with the Huskies we’ll get to see him back on the field for the first time in two years. The first thing that stands out when you watch Eason is that he has a cannon for an arm as he uses the velocity he creates to drive the ball at all levels and make throws that not every quarterback can make. While the arm strength is what you first notice, his ability to throw with anticipation is his most important trait. Eason has shown the ability to make several throws as or before his receivers make their cuts which makes it very difficult for the defender to make a play on the ball.
What Eason needs to show at Washington to be considered a 1st round pick is improved recognition and touch. Too often Eason will stare down his receiver before making his throws. Now that was early in his career and with more experience under your belt quarterbacks will get better. But the high end prospects can manipulate defenses with their eyes. Another by product of his strong arm is that he tends to laser the ball to the ball to his receivers way too often. A lot of the time it works, but to improve on his completion percentage he has to show more touch.
Others to Watch
In case Brissett does shine this year or at least gives the Colts some reason not to take a quarterback in the first or second round there they could look to target a developmental quarterback in the mid to late rounds to work with. Florida’s Feleipe Franks is someone that has the size, athletic ability and enough physical traits to showcase the potential he has. North Texas’ Mason Fine isn’t very big but he does show good touch and anticipation to go along with good accuracy. Kellen Mond from Texas A&M is someone who really took a big step last year working with Jimbo Fisher and could continue his development this upcoming season.