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Colts 2023 NFL Mock Draft Monday: April 17, 10 days to go

Mock Draft Monday, our weekly roundup of experts' predictions for who the Colts will take in the NFL Draft, is back just 10 days before the start of the 2023 NFL Draft. 

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

Expert: Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: April 17 (link)

Analysis: "Like the Texans, the Colts shouldn't be considered locks to select a quarterback in the top five this year. It would be understandable, however, if Indianapolis decides Richardson is worth the risk. There's been so much talk about Richardson's ceiling, but with his size, mobility and general feel as a passer, I am encouraged by Richardson's floor as an NFL QB. His development mentally will decide that ceiling."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
Selection (No. 79 overall): Joe Tippman, iOL, Wisconsin

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: April 17 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts grab their quarterback of the future. Gardner Minshew gives them time to develop Richardson and turn him into their franchise quarterback. With all the elite quarterbacks in the AFC, Indianapolis needs a quarterback with a big-time skill set to get to Super Bowl contention."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 16 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis makes history by taking Will Levis, as it's the first time in NFL Draft history that QBs go 1-2-3-4. Levis has gotten a bad wrap throughout the draft process, but he's still a top-10 pick. And with how the QBs flew off the board, he's pushed up to No. 4 here."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Expert: Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune

Date of mock draft: April 16 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Jared Dubin, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 16 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts sacrifice third- and fifth-round picks to move up one spot and make sure they get their quarterback of choice. We've already seen that Shane Steichen can build an offense around a mobile quarterback, and he gets a chance to do it again here."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame
Selection (No. 79 overall): Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

Expert: Cam Mellor, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 15 (link)

Analysis: "Anthony Richardson can have an NFL offense built around him, and if there's anyone to do it, it's Shane Steichen. The key here will be continually developing Richardson's game so opposing defensive coordinators don't get wise to their tricks."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State

Expert: Jeff Ridson, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: April 14 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 14 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis sounds locked into the idea of selecting a rookie quarterback. Most would expect Anthony Richardson to go in this situation but my gut says it would be Will Levis. If I think about it any longer, I may change my mind again, though."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Expert: Kyle Yates, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 13 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts find themselves in a tough spot now at No. 4 overall. Bryce Young is an outlier in every sense of the word at his size, but the tape is excellent. However, he doesn't fit the size thresholds that Chris Ballard has traditionally locked onto at the QB position. This selection could come down to the owner of the team getting involved and providing an ultimatum. Jim Irsay has already spoken about Young in glowing terms this offseason, and he may overrule Ballard when it's time to turn the pick in. Young would certainly bring the fans in and provide a jolt of life to this franchise. Ballard may not have much of a choice if the draft plays out this way, but he'll still end up with one of the best quarterback prospects we've seen enter the NFL in a long time, even if he's undersized."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Charles Davis, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: April 13 (link)

Analysis: "In many mocks -- including my first go-around a few weeks ago -- the big-armed Levis falls out of the top 10. Witness the return! If this pairing comes to fruition, don't be surprised if Levis takes the first snap in Week 1, despite Indy's signing of Gardner Minshew in free agency."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): John Michael Schmitz, iOL, Minnesota
Selection (No. 79 overall): Jartavius Martin, S, Illinois

Expert: Tankathon.com Staff

Date of mock draft: April 13 (link)

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Bleacher Report Scouting Department

Date of mock draft: April 13 (link)

Analysis: "General manager Chris Ballard loves traits, and no quarterback in this year's class has better traits than Richardson. As a rare athlete for the position, Richardson is a talented quarterback who needs a little bit of love and care to reach his potential. On the bright side, Richardson offers exceptional scrambling ability, pocket management and the know-how to avoid sacks, not to mention he's a decent processor for a one-year starter. Richardson's issues mostly boil down to timing and accuracy, which can be fixed with a couple of seasons of sharp coaching from Shane Steichen and Co."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Chris Traposso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 13 (link)

Analysis: "For as much as I feel a Titans-Cardinals trade is very possible, I can't fathom Jim Irsay and an on-the-hot-seat Chris Ballard allow the Titans to outbid them for this selection. The Colts trade No. 35 overall for this minuscule but vital move."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

Expert: Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News

Date of mock draft: April 12 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts won't force the issue on a quarterback and settle for Will Levis should Stroud, Young and Richardson all end up going ahead of them. They could wait and think about Hendon Hooker in the second round (No. 35 overall) while just taking a game-changing, potential dominant defender and best available overall player here."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Pro Football Focus Staff

Date of mock draft: April 12 (link)

Analysis: "There is no telling what the Colts could do in this draft. In this scenario, let's say they stay put. I still think they can get a young quarterback to invest in, whether that is the QB2 or QB3 in this class. That debate will likely come down to Kentucky's Will Levis or Ohio State's C.J. Stroud. Levis gets a lot of flack from draft readers who point out his lack of production — just 22 big-time throws to 24 turnover-worthy plays — over the past two seasons. But it seems the NFL is much higher on Levis than his numbers might indicate due to their belief in his physical tools and how much better he can be with some improved passing weapons (none of his wide receivers in 2022 earned a 73.0-plus receiving grade). Plus, if play under pressure is a point of emphasis for Colts general manager Chris Ballard, Levis' 58.1 passing grade under pressure beats out Stroud's 46.2. Levis' 72.9% adjusted completion percentage was also significantly higher than Stroud's 50.0%. Do with those numbers what you will — as will the Colts."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Benjamin Robinson, Football Outsiders

Date of mock draft: April 12 (link)

Analysis: "Many draftniks will be surprised by my sending Will Levis to the Colts over Anthony Richardson given how new head coach Shane Steichen and general manager Chris Ballard have a history of valuing elite athletes. Levis is toolsier than people think and the more accurate passer."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 12 (link)

Analysis: "I've been consistent in believing Anthony Richardson is a boom-or-bust prospect, and he will be overdrafted. But Colts head coach Shane Steichen had a big hand in developing Jalen Hurts, and Richardson has better physical tools."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Rhett Lewis, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: April 11 (link)

Analysis: "Arguably the biggest wild card of the draft, Richardson also possesses the highest upside. The Colts must come away with a QB of the future, and if they're deciding between Richardson and Kentucky's Will Levis, who have similar floors as prospects, then why not take the player with the higher ceiling? To me, that's the uber-athletic, rocket-armed Richardson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Selection (No. 79 overall): Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC

Expert: Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune

Date of mock draft: April 11 (link)

Analysis: "GM Chris Ballard has tried to address the quarterback position through the trade market and it hasn't worked. Levis' senior season was a mixed bag compared to his impressive 2021 campaign — he lost his top receiver (Wan'Dale Robinson) and offensive coordinator to the NFL while dealing with nagging injuries — but he features the combination of arm talent, size (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) and mobility that usually sparks the imagination of an offensive coordinator. The team that drafts him will need a quarterback whisperer like the Bills had in Brian Daboll when they drafted Josh Allen and new head coach (and former Eagles offensive coordinator) Shane Steichen may be that guy."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Scott Bair, AtlantaFalcons.com

Date of mock draft: April 11 (link)

Analysis: "Colts go big on upside here and take Anthony Richardson, looking for a third elite quarterback they've taken in the top five."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Jordan Dajani, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 11 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts aren't happy with being jumped over by the Raiders, but Will Levis is probably better suited to start Day 1 compared to Richardson. Will he be the better quarterback for years to come? Only time will tell."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Joel Klatt, FOX Sports

Date of mock draft: April 11 (link)

Analysis: "He's got the highest ceiling out of these guys … Look at his skill set, his arm strength, his athleticism, all the things that he brings to the table, and it's very easy to see this guy being the best player on the field if he can polish some of those rough edges that we see, those accuracy and processing issues. I'm going to continue calling him the Rubik's cube. If you can figure out the Rubik's cube, it's beautiful, and he could potentially be the best player on the field."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Sam Monson, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: April 10 (link)

Analysis: "What happens from this spot onward depends entirely on how you evaluate the remaining top two quarterbacks. I buy into what Will Levis showed in 2021 in an NFL offense with better support around him, and if I'm the Colts, I can't risk losing him to a team willing to trade to No. 3 and jump me. They flip Arizona another pick to jump one spot and snag their guy, then pray Levis jumps back up in play with a better environment around him."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
Selection (No. 35 overall): Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
Selection (No. 79 overall): Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: April 10 (link)

Analysis: "With Anthony Richardson off the board, I'm not confident the Colts will take a quarterback at here at No. 4. I don't think they like Will Levis enough to take him this high in the 2023 NFL Draft."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 9 (link)

Analysis: "Richardson was pretty impressive at his Pro Day; he's built like a defensive end, runs like a power back and can throw the football 80 yards and make it look easy. His athleticism and arm strength leave a lasting impression when you see him in person, as does the effortlessness with which he plays. But what he has in God-given ability, he lacks in experience, so his best landing spot at the next level will be to a team with a veteran quarterback who can man the reins for another year or two until he's ready to take the next step. And if managed properly, that next step could truly be special."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati

Expert: Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 8 (link)

Analysis: "Will Levis may be QB4 of the 2023 NFL Draft group, but he still has a franchise-caliber ceiling in the right system. In Shane Steichen's vertically-oriented attack, Levis would be able to stress defenses down the field with his elite arm strength and talent. And ultimately, he has the quick release to move the chains in the short-range as well."

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Selection (No. 8 overall, trade down with Atlanta Falcons): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 7 (link)

Analysis: "Based on how this mock went, the Colts would probably prefer to trade down further than No. 8 to snap up Levis, but I don't know who is trading up to this spot right now. Still, they add draft capital by moving down and still get a QB to develop. Not ideal, but a good start."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: April 7 (link)

Analysis: "Richardson is the Josh Allen of this draft class: He misses some easier throws but possesses an overall passing and rushing skill set that will be tough to beat after a year or two of working with new Colts coach Shane Steichen."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Tank Dell, WR, Houston

Expert: Nick Baumgardner, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: April 7 (link)

Analysis: "When the Colts finally decide on their QB of the future, the real focus here will be on GM Chris Ballard's opportunity — with significant draft capital — to fix the holes that have developed on what once was a sturdy roster. The turnaround can happen sooner than you might think, and this is a nice draft haul with which to work."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 7 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis had to know that the decision could be taken out of their hands if they were not aggressive and that is exactly what has happened in this scenario. The Colts are left with the fourth quarterback but I do believe it is a good fit for Anthony Richardson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

Expert: Jeff Risdon, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: April 6 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Tank Dell, WR, Houston

Expert: Joe Broback, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 5 (link)

Analysis: "While I don't think Will Levis should go this high, I know a quarterback-needy team is going to take him in the Top 10. Here, Indianapolis takes a shot at a quarterback with upside but also some concerns. If the Colts can hone in on what Levis does well and help him become more consistent, this is a great pick. Levis has a lot of great tools to utilize as a quarterback, so it's easy to see why teams will give him a chance."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Chris Traposso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 5 (link)

Analysis: "I cannot fathom the Colts trading back here, with Levis on the board and without a long-term answer at quarterback on the roster. Yes quarterbacks at 1, 2, 3, and 4 in this mock."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: April 5 (link)

Analysis: "Richardson oozes ability. His highlight reel from his lone season as a starter rivals any you'll see from a college prospect. He's still a project, though, and finished with an 80.1 overall grade this past season."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

Expert: Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News

Date of mock draft: April 5 (link)

Analysis: "New offensive-minded coach Shane Steichen has hinted he's looking for a dynamic dual threat he could mold into a franchise QB, fresh off working with Jalen Hurts (6-1, 223 pounds) in Philadelphia. Richardson's off-the-charts athleticism and natural monster arm should do nicely. Assuming they don't trade for Lamar Jackson, this move can help the Colts break free from their cycle of recycled veteran pocket passers."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): John Michael Schmitz, iOL, Minnesota
Selection (No. 79 overall): Sydney Brown, S, Illinois

Expert: Tankathon.com Staff

Date of mock draft: April 5 (link)

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 4 (link)

Analysis: "They move up one spot to land Richardson, who new coach Shane Steichen could fit into his scheme, the same scheme Jalen Hurts ran for the Eagles. Richardson has a high ceiling, but he is raw. It might take some time."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Chris Emma, Audacy Sports

Date of mock draft: April 4 (link)

Analysis: "Richardson is one of the most fascinating quarterback prospects in years, a seemingly polarizing player whose potential either has teams enamored or not at all interested. He's built at 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds while boasting a 4.43 40-yard dash time and a rocket arm. Richardson could very well go to the Panthers with the No. 1 pick – and if the Colts make a bold move for Lamar Jackson, he could fall further. But Indianapolis could finally find its next franchise quarterback in Richardson."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

Expert: Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 4 (link)

Analysis: "There was a bidding war for the Cardinals' top-three pick in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Although this is a slightly more significant trade package than the Bears and 49ers trade back in the day, multiple teams wanted to move up for Anthony Richardson. Richardson's skill set matches perfectly with Shane Steichen's vertical passing attack, and his athleticism paired with Jonathan Taylor will cause defensive fits vs. the run."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Selection (No. 79 overall): Zacch Pickens, DL, South Carolina

Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: April 4 (link)

Analysis: "Colts general manager Chris Ballard is a traits-based drafter through and through. No quarterback possesses better physical traits — maybe ever — than Richardson. The fit makes too much sense."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Expert: The 33rd Team Staff

Date of mock draft: April 3 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts have tried to replace Andrew Luck but have not found the right quarterback for this offense. C.J. Stroud has all the tools to be a top passer and should fit nicely with this scheme. New coach Shane Steichen has experience developing young quarterbacks and probably is eager to work with the Ohio State product."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today

Date of mock draft: April 3 (link)

Analysis: "Talk about odd pairings. Richardson, a 6-4, 244-pound passer with 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash and a spotty college resume, hardly seems like the kind of quarterback that Chris Ballard would want to stake his career on after the Colts GM was unmoved by so many other young passers in recent years. At this point, though, Ballard needs to make a big swing, and his options at No. 4 might be somewhat limited. Regardless, the Colts should take comfort in knowing that new coach Shane Steichen looks like a strong candidate to accelerate Richardson's development given his work tapping into Jalen Hurts' rushing ability while fine-tuning the quarterback's play as a pocket passer."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Bryce Young, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Josh Downs, WR, UNC
Selection (No. 79 overall): Andre Carter II, DE, Army

Expert: Curt Popejoy, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: April 3 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Expert: Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

Date of mock draft: April 3 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts run up to the podium in this scenario. Stroud has all the tools to be successful right off the bat."

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Selection (No. 7 overall, trade down with Las Vegas Raiders): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 2 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts need a quarterback in the worst way but they don't want to compound matters by overdrafting one here. Instead, they trade down, pick up some draft capital and get one of the most athletic players in this class. Gonzalez, a Colorado transfer, is a big-time player who is still growing into the position. He has the size, strength and speed -- he ran a 4.38 40 at the combine -- to line up against NFL wide receivers; he just needs to improve in run support. (Trade details: LV gets No. 4 overall pick; IND gets picks No. 7 and No. 38)."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Selection (No. 35 overall): Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
Selection (No. 79 overall from WAS): Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M

Expert: Ian Valentino, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: April 1 (link)

Analysis: "The Indianapolis Colts seem to be at odds within their own front office about what to do at quarterback. Owner Jim Irsay said he's not at all interested in handing out a fully guaranteed contract, meaning Lamar Jackson may be out of consideration. However, general manager Chris Ballard said the team has to look into Jackson because of his talent.

If the Colts plan on making an aggressive offer for Jackson after the 2023 NFL Draft, they could instead add an elite EDGE in Will Anderson Jr. and then move their 2024 and 2025 first-round picks for Jackson. This should be a much more attractive option for new head coach Shane Steichen than developing Will Levis or tailoring his scheme to protect Bryce Young from hits."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: April 1 (link)

Analysis: "New Colts head coach Shane Steichen just spent the past two seasons developing Jalen Hurts, making it seem like Anthony Richardson would be the pick here instead of Will Levis. Richardson, one of the most athletic QB prospects in NFL history, also has the most upside of any signal-caller in this class."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Bruce Feldman, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: March 31 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Kent Platte, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 30 (link)

Analysis: "Back-to-back-to-back-to-back quarterbacks is not something that happens often, but the need for QBs is at an all-time high in 2023, and the Colts have finally stopped kidding themselves into thinking they can get by with any veteran they like. Will Levis would be getting a lot more hype if he wasn't in the same offseason as Richardson and Stroud.

The former bested him so much in testing that Levis simply opted not to bother, while the latter put on such a show at the Combine that his own strong showing seemed muted. Levis pairs top-tier athleticism with a very strong arm and has the kind of ceiling that should get Colts fans excited even if the floor is lower than they'd like."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Selection (No. 35 overall): Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Selection (No. 79 overall): A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest

Expert: Chris Traposso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 30 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts are ecstatic to land Stroud without having to move any draft picks in the process."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 30 (link)

Analysis: "My model tends to be conservative, so this pick surprised me a bit. Typically, my model wouldn't have a QB with relatively few career starts (Richardson) going ahead of a player with a similar overall rating and more starts (Will Levis). However, Richardson's fit with new coach Shane Steichen puts the Florida passer over the top. Steichen played a big part in transforming Jalen Hurts from a college star into a Super Bowl starter -- in part, by building off of Hurts' rushing ability. Combine Richardson's potential for a similar level of progression with Jonathan Taylor's prolific production and Richardson's NFL learning curve becomes a bit smoother."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Expert: Jason McIntyre, FOX Sports

Date of mock draft: March 29 (link)

Analysis: "Would you rather trade for and pay Lamar Jackson or have C.J. Stroud on his rookie deal? You take the former MVP, for sure. But Stroud enables GM Chris Ballard to fortify the roster going forward."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Joe Broback, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 28 (link)

Analysis: "Anthony Richardson has all of the tools to be the best quarterback in this class. At his peak, he's better than everyone else. He just needs to be more consistent. The ceiling is enticing, and the Indianapolis Colts could be sold if he drops to them here."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

Expert: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 28 (link)

Analysis: "Adding a quarterback is a top priority, given that free-agent signing Gardner Minshew currently sits first on Indianapolis' depth chart -- but the grades on the available QB1 prospects do not match the Colts' draft position. Wilson would give the team a young, energetic pass rusher to pair with Kwity Paye on the edges."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Experts: Diante Lee & Nate Tice, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: March 28 (link)

Analysis: "Young is willing to stay in the pocket (almost to a fault), and he only threw 12 interceptions in his 949 collegiate passing attempts, which speaks to his processing skills as Alabama put the entire offense on his shoulders. I worry about the kind of punishment Young will take behind the Colts' offensive line, and he will have to master his timing on throws over the middle of the field. It's an appealing prospect to marry him with Shane Steichen, who demonstrated how to build an offense around his quarterback's skills. It should allow Young to open up Steichen's playbook even more as a drop-back passer."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
Selection (No. 79 overall): Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 28 (link)

Analysis: "Anthony Richardson is raw, but has a huge arm and great athleticism. He had a great 2022 debut, but struggled versus Kentucky the following week. He was inconsistent after that, but he looked great at the combine."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Eric Edholm, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 27 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts could move up one spot to prevent another team from jumping ahead of them to pick Richardson."

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Previous mock draft predictions:

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Selection (No. 79 overall): Henry To'o To'o, LB, Alabama

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 27 (link)

Analysis: "Nick Foles and Sam Ehlinger remain from last season's team while Matt Ryan is now a free agent. The Colts also signed Gardner Minshew, which means the team now has ... three backup quarterbacks on the roster. Put another way: They're still targeting a QB in the draft and the question becomes, which one falls to them if they stay at No. 4, and if it comes down to, say, Anthony Richardson or Will Levis, who will get the nod? We're still sorting through who will be our QB3 and QB4, but given what new coach Shane Steichen and Jalen Hurts were able to do together in Philly, it's not hard to imagine the new staff falling in love with Richardson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Expert: Brad Spielberger, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 27 (link)

Analysis: _"Gonzalez was built in a lab to be an NFL cornerback, with a sturdy 6-foot-1, 197-pound frame, 32-inch arms and freakish athleticism. Gonzalez's 4.38-second 40-yard dash places in the 89th percentile among cornerbacks in PFF's database, his 41.5-inch vertical ranks in the 97th percentile and his 11-foot-1 broad jump is in the 96th percentile. _

Explosive, straight-line-speed athletes sometimes struggle with agility and fluidity, but if you looked up "oily hips" in the football cliché dictionary, you'd see a picture of Gonzalez.

We saw cornerbacks get drafted at No. 3 and No. 4 overall last year, and with the Colts boasting a fairly loaded defensive line, they instead land their replacement for All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore, whom they recently traded away to the Dallas Cowboys."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: James Fragoza, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 25 (link)

Analysis: "Stroud to Carolina? Love it. Young to Houston? Perfect. Anthony Richardson to Indianapolis? Same as the answer you hope to receive when taking a knee: YES. Shane Steichen might revert to Reich's philosophy if one of Stroud, Young, or Levis lands with the Colts, but with Richardson under center, we could see the offense the Eagles deployed with Jalen Hurts last season."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Charles McDonald, Yahoo Sports

Date of mock draft: March 24 (link)

Analysis: "This mock draft kicks off with the Carolina Panthers taking Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, followed by the Houston Texans drafting former Alabama star quarterback Bryce Young. Four quarterbacks ended up in the top six of the draft with Will Levis packing his bags en route to Indianapolis and Anthony Richardson landing in the perfect situation for him — backing up Jared Goff in Detroit and getting to play with a talented supporting cast."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 24 (link)

Analysis: "They might have to trade up one to get him, but for now they stay put and he falls into their laps. The word is they really like Will Levis and see his skills translating to the NFL game. Levis is liked a lot more by NFL people than the draft Twitter cult."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Expert: Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 24 (link)

Analysis: "Colts head coach Shane Steichen helped Jalen Hurts fulfill his potential over the past couple of seasons in Philadelphia -- he has to see that same kind of upside in the freakish Richardson. To prevent getting leapfrogged by another team interested in the former Gator, the Colts give the Cardinals third-round picks in 2023 and '24 as well as a fourth-rounder this year -- similar to the Bears' one-slot swap with the 49ers for the right to draft Mitch Trubisky."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 24 (link)

Analysis: "I'm fairly confident that unless the Colts acquire Lamar Jackson or something, they will take a QB here. Gardner Minshew isn't the long-term answer, but he allows you to bring Richardson along slowly while not being a significant roadblock to keeping him off the field if he earns the chance. A lot has to go right for Richardson to reach his potential, but the potential is franchise-changing."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 23 (link)

Analysis: "Arizona trades down one spot initially. Indianapolis has held its cards close to the vest. Some teams are being more transparent in their searches while the Colts are operating a bit more behind closed doors. It would not be a surprise if they went for Will Levis or Anthony Richardson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Charles Davis, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 23 (link)

Analysis: "Colts GM Chris Ballard and new head coach Shane Steichen have already added a trusted veteran quarterback in Gardner Minshew, but this gifted young signal-caller is their future."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Chris Traposso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 22 (link)

Analysis: "Glorious development for the Colts. They don't have to move up to land Richardson and get a big, ultra-athletic quarterback for Shane Steichen."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News

Date of mock draft: March 22 (link)

Analysis: "New offensive-minded coach Shane Steichen has hinted he's looking for a dynamic dual threat he could mold into a franchise QB, fresh off working with Jalen Hurts (6-1, 223 pounds) in Philadelphia. Richardson's off-the-charts athleticism and natural monster arm should do nicely. Assuming they don't trade for Lamar Jackson, this move can help the Colts break free from their cycle of recycled veteran pocket passers."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Date of mock draft: March 22 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts decide to go get their man, trading up one spot with the Cardinals to ensure no other QB-needy teams jump them. Richardson is raw, with just 13 starts on his résumé, but he boasts truly rare physical skills as both a passer and runner. New head coach Shane Steichen could implement a Jalen Hurts–style plan around his new quarterback, bringing a read-option and run-centric scheme that highlights Richardson's skill set while giving him the opportunity to hone his abilities as a passer."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

Analysis: "Is it possible Ballard likes either Levis or Anthony Richardson as his top passer in this class? Yes, absolutely. In that case, this could be a win-win deal for both teams. The bottom line is the Colts have a solid roster, but they're not going to win without better quarterback play. Barring a dramatic trade for Lamar Jackson — which would cost two first-round picks — they should move up to ensure they get Levis.

Levis, a 6-foot-4 QB with a huge arm who played in a pro-style offense at Kentucky, had an inconsistent 2022 season. He didn't play with elite talent, though, and he forced too many throws at times. Indianapolis has the playmakers to help him out as a rookie. New coach Shane Steichen helped Jalen Hurts take a massive leap for the Eagles, and he should be excited to coach up another high-ceiling player."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

Analysis: "Will Levis could easily be the pick here, but Richardson's unbelievable athleticism would be a fun fit in Shane Steichen's offense."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
Selection (No. 79 overall): Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts need to find a permanent solution at quarterback, rather than play musical chairs at the position. In my previous scenario, the Colts were trading up with the Bears to leapfrog the divisional rival Texans to obtain the quarterback they want in this class. Now, they have to hope that the team that moves up to No. 3 doesn't take the signal-caller they like. Perhaps they'll make the move themselves.

Will Levis has a big arm and could be chosen in the top 10."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Selection (No. 79 overall): Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State

Expert: Tankathon.com Staff

Date of mock draft: March 21 (link)

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: The 33rd Team Staff

Date of mock draft: March 20 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts move from No. 4 to No. 3, giving up pick No. 35 to the Arizona Cardinals to secure the deal. Indianapolis might need to block another team from getting to this spot to ensure they get their passer of the future in Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. Levis has to iron out accuracy concerns, but new Colts coach Shane Steichen's work with Jalen Hurts makes Indianapolis an appealing spot for Levis to improve."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 20 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts are in an interesting spot where they are getting at best the QB3 in the class, but at the same time they need to start that player immediately. So in a debate between two toolsy quarterbacks, Levis laps Anthony Richardson in terms of NFL readiness. That's not surprising given who Levis was coached by (former Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen and former Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello) and his age (turns 24 in June).

Levis finished fourth in the country last year in passing yards under pressure from the pocket (707), which will serve him well behind the rebuilding Colts offensive line."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
Selection (No. 79 overall): Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina

Expert: Jeff Ridson, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: March 20 (link)

Analysis: "When the owner comes out and says the team is taking a quarterback at the top, listen to him. Levis carries some legit risk but the potential reward is also very high."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 18 (link)

Analysis: "The bad news for the Colts is that they're no longer getting their first (or second) choice among the top QBs. The thin silver lining, though, is that they most likely won't have to trade up if they want one of the remaining signal-callers. That's the case here, as Indianapolis lands Will Levis without having to give up any assets."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
Selection (No. 79 overall): Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina

Expert: Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 18 (link)

Analysis: "Just as Carolina is my favorite fit for Stroud, the Colts are my favorite fit for Anthony Richardson. Richardson's generational athletic talent needs a creative offensive mind to be truly maximized, and as Shane Steichen showed with Jalen Hurts, he can be that mind. Richardson may take his lumps early, but he has takeover potential."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 18 (link)

Analysis: "If Indianapolis does not become more aggressive, then the possibility exists that the Colts could be left with their fourth option at the quarterback position. Or, they could get their top quarterback. No one knows how they view the position."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Selection (No. 79 overall): Andre Carter II, DE, Army

Expert: Curt Popejoy, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: March 17 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts will face plenty of pressure to land their quarterback of the future in this draft. We know it won't be at No. 1, and we figure it won't be at No. 2, either. It will be a big win if they can stay at No. 4 and still get a top-tier talent like Richardson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Oliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 16 (link)

Analysis: "Anthony Richardson blew the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium with his performance at the 2023 NFL Combine. With the Colts in desperate need of a quarterback, the chances are that he'll return there as the fourth overall selection in April. GM Jim Irsay has already alluded to the Colts as "going to have to find a young quarterback to develop."

Meanwhile, Richardson's magical athletic ability and arm talent gives Shane Steichen a quarterback capable of rattling off the punishing deep shots that he likes to dial up in his offense. Richardson's ability to manipulate the pocket and NFL frame should help him avoid an early battering in the NFL."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Steve Avila, G, TCU
Selection (No. 79 overall): Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

Expert: Trevor Sikkema, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 16 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts will face plenty of pressure to land their quarterback of the future in this draft. We know it won't be at No. 1, and we figure it won't be at No. 2, either. It will be a big win if they can stay at No. 4 and still get a top-tier talent like Richardson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire

Date of mock draft: March 16 (link)

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Natalie Miller, Draft Wire

Date of mock draft: March 14 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts take zero chances in anyone leap frogging them for a quarterback and move up one spot with the Cardinals to secure their next franchise quarterback. New head coach Shane Steichen has experience with getting the most out of athletic quarterbacks and he gets his hands on the most athletic quarterback we have seen come out since Cam Newton. It will be on him to design the offense around and develop the young dynamo quarterback from Florida."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Joe Broback, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 14 (link)

Analysis: "Indianapolis runs the risk of missing on their guy if they stay put, but this 2023 NFL Mock Draft allows them to do that. Anthony Richardson put on an explosive show at the NFL Combine, which shouldn't have surprised anyone.

The 6'4", 244-pound former Gator confirmed everything we thought he'd be, and now it comes down to which team believes in his potential. Indianapolis is looking for their future star, and Richardson has the talent to be that guy for them."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Carmen Vitali & David Helman, FOX Sports

Date of mock draft: March 14 (link)

Analysis: "I'd send a chunk of my signing bonus to Josh Allen if I were Will Levis or his agents. Allen also produced mixed results despite incredible talent during his college career, but he's gone on to become one of the NFL's most dynamic quarterbacks. Long desperate for a franchise quarterback, I don't think Jim Irsay will be able to resist trying to replicate that success with Levis' cannon arm and sturdy frame."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): B.J. Ojulari, DE, LSU
Selection (No. 79 overall): Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

Expert: Tankathon.com Staff

Date of mock draft: March 14 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Expert: Chris Traposso, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 13 (link)

Analysis: "Ideal scenario for the Colts. They don't have to trade up and can still land the highly polished Stroud at No. 4."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Ben Standig, The Athletic

Date of mock draft: March 13 (link)

Analysis: "Whether or not the Colts would be landing on their fourth QB choice, Levis represents Indianapolis' first young building-block QB since Andrew Luck retired, and without parting with trade assets. The two-year starter at Kentucky with a self-described "cannon" for a right arm is the more immediate fit over the athletically stunning but raw Richardson. Should the Colts' increasingly impatient owner Jim Irsay or general manager Chris Ballard disagree, perhaps they pursue a trade-up with the Cardinals — or call the Ravens about Lamar Jackson."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Gordon McGuinness, Pro Football Focus

Date of mock draft: March 13 (link)

Analysis: "High-end play wins Super Bowls, and no one has a higher end in this class than Richardson. Now, what are the chances he reaches that or even comes close?

The Colts might not wind up with one of the top two quarterbacks in the class, but they also don't have to give up future draft capital and still land a potential franchise signal caller. Richardson registered 19 big-time throws and forced 39 missed tackles as a runner this past season."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama
Selection (No. 79 overall): Josh Downs, WR, UNC

Expert: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 13 (link)

Analysis: "Under the previous Colts regime, I think Frank Reich would have pushed for Will Levis over Richardson. However, I could see Richardson being a fit for Shane Steichen given Steichen's work with Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. Clearly, Indianapolis needs its future franchise quarterback, and I could see Steichen having an easy sales job on Jim Isray.

In 2022, Richardson completed only 54 percent of his passes for 2,549 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. On the ground, he put up 629 yards and nine touchdowns. He was excellent against Utah in the season opener, leading Florida to a comeback win, but he was horrible against Kentucky, costing the Gators a win due to horrible accuracy and turnovers. After playing poorly versus South Florida, Richardson had a huge day taking on Tennessee. Late in the season, Richardson struggled against Georgia and Florida State. Thus, he is far too raw and inconsistent to be a viable NFL starter. Richardson definitely needed to return to school for 2023 to improve before going pro, but he decided to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Expert: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Date of mock draft: March 12 (link)

Analysis: "We've heard from sources that the Colts are also going to be in the moving-up business, and there may now be an elevated sense of urgency given that the Panthers have already secured the No. 1 spot. Levis spent a lot time at the combine explaining why the 2022 season went the way it did. In his defense, he was banged up, his offensive line had been decimated, he had a new offensive coordinator and he was working with young wide receivers. And Levis didn't make excuses for any of this when we spoke with him in Indy. The physical tools are undeniable, but is he the next Josh Allen?"

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Selection (No. 79 overall): Nathaniel Dell, WR, Houston

Expert: Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

Analysis: "GM Chris Ballard has tried to address the quarterback position through the trade market and it hasn't worked. Frankly, I'm surprised the Colts lost to the Panthers in the top overall pick sweepstakes. Richardson oozes athletic upside — his combine performance set the standard going forward for the position — but his footwork and post-snap recognition leave a lot to be desired. The team that drafts him will need a quarterback whisperer like the Bills had in Brian Daboll when they drafted Josh Allen and new head coach (and former Eagles offensive coordinator) Shane Steichen may be that guy."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Selection (No. 35 overall): Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Selection (No. 79 overall): Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

Expert: Cam Mellor, Pro Football Network

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

Analysis: "New Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen would've been happy to let either of the quarterbacks fall to him at No. 4, but with the movement necessary from two teams to sneak into the top three, the Colts have to settle for the best player in the draft in Will Anderson Jr.

Sure, an edge defender isn't their biggest need, but Anderson is too good to pass up here. He's as technically refined as any pass rusher of the past decade and transforms the Colts' defense immediately."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

Analysis: "At 6-4, 244 pounds with 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash and arm strength to marvel at, Richardson is a singular physical talent – so much so that he can't be ruled out of the running for the No. 1 overall selection at this point. With only 393 career pass attempts at Florida, however, he's still tinkering with his footwork and touch. New coach Shane Steichen might be the perfect person to take on the role of Richardson's mentor, with his tutelage of Jalen Hurts serving as a potential roadmap for another dual-threat quarterback. But taking Richardson might necessitate the addition of a veteran who can be a bridge starter in the early going."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Selection (No. 35 overall): Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Selection (No. 79 overall): Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State

Expert: Tankathon.com Staff

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

Analysis: "Before Richardson shined in the Combine's agility testing, new offensive-minded coach Shane Steichen hinted at the podium he was looking for a dynamic dual threat he could mold into a high-upside franchise QB, fresh off working with Jalen Hurts (6-1, 223 pounds) in Philadelphia. Richardson ran, jumped and flipped his way to dominance and then showed off his jaw-dropping arm strength in the passing drills. Assuming they don't trade for Lamar Jackson, this move can help the Colts break free from their cycle of recycled veteran pocket passers."

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Selection (No. 3 overall, trade up with Arizona Cardinals): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: The 33rd Team Staff

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

Analysis: "The Indianapolis Colts have to be nervous that a team will move up to No. 3 and take their quarterback, so they make the move themselves and take uber-talented QB Anthony Richardson (scouting report). Richardson is a high-risk, high-reward pick. He's a good fit with new coach Shane Steichen, who will try to do what he did with Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Expert: Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Selection (No. 35 overall): Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
Selection (No. 79 overall): Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

Expert: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

Date of mock draft: March 11 (link)

Analysis: "The Colts need to find a permanent solution at quarterback, rather than play musical chairs at the position. In my previous scenario, the Colts were trading up with the Bears to leapfrog the divisional rival Texans to obtain the quarterback they want in this class. Now, they have to hope that the team that moves up to No. 3 doesn't take the signal-caller they like. Perhaps they'll make the move themselves.

Will Levis has a big arm and could be chosen in the top 10."

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Selection (No. 4 overall): Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

Expert: Ryan McChrystal, Sharp Football Analysis

Date of mock draft: March 10 (link)

Analysis: "The Panthers' move to number one greatly increases the odds that one of the top two pass-rushers is on the board for Indy. If this is the case, and the don't Colts opt for a quarterback or a trade down, Anderson or Wilson would likely be the backup plan. With Yannick Ngakoue expected to sign elsewhere, the Colts need a new premier pass-rusher."

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