Shane Steichen watched from 15 rows up, sitting inside the stadium he now calls home. To his left, Jim Bob Cooter, his new offensive coordinator. Beneath him on the field, the quarterbacks who make up the 2023 draft class — one of whom, presumably, will shape Steichen and Cooter’s tenure in Indianapolis.
Bryce Young wasn’t working out, but the former Alabama star stood and watched and mingled. Among those conversations: a few chats with Colts receivers coach Reggie Wayne, who was on hand to host Saturday’s on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine.
C.J. Stroud, Will Levis and Anthony Richardson were working, showing off their considerable and varied skillsets, hoping to impress the throngs of scouts and executives watching from the stands and suites. Along with Young, they’re the top QBs in this class, and the most likely targets for a Colts team desperate for a long-term answer at the most important position on the field.
Stroud was sharp, separating himself from Richardson when the two went back-to-back in out-routes and crossing patterns. Levis proved his boastful words from Friday — “I have a cannon, and I wanna show it off” — were, indeed, accurate. Levis has a monster arm.
But, remember, Saturday’s workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium won’t carry much weight when it’s time for the Colts to come to a decision with the fourth pick in this spring’s draft. Routes on air aren’t a particularly revealing indicator of NFL success; plenty of quarterbacks have zipped through this session in the past with only a few incompletions, then done very little in the league. The coaches take it for what it’s worth: QBs throwing to open receivers from clean pockets in a scripted setting.