Colts: 5 candidates to be the starting quarterback in 2021

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts. (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts. (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Justin Fields, Ohio State Buckeyes
Justin Fields, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. QB. Ohio State Buckeyes. Justin Fields. Pick Analysis. 4. player. 812

This will require the Colts to trade up into the top four

Justin Fields has one more college game to worry about before potentially turning pro. His Ohio State Buckeyes will face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 National Championship game. Should Fields declare for the NFL Draft, he will be either second or the third quarterback taken this spring, almost certainly within the top four picks. Will the Colts look to trade up?

This is because Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Colts’ AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Fields could go No. 2 to the New York Jets or fall to his hometown Atlanta Falcons at No. 4.

If the Colts are willing to strike a deal with New York, Atlanta or the Miami Dolphins picking at No. 3, they could be in the market for the Ohio State signal-caller.

46. Scouting Report. QB. Indianapolis Colts. Philip Rivers. 3. player. Pick Analysis

Why not run it back one more time?

For the time being, it will be year-to-year with Rivers. He had a solid first season with the Colts, and he may be up to playing one more year for Indianapolis before retiring.

Again, this will come down to what he and his family want to do. He is expected to coach high school football here at some point, especially once his son enters the ninth grade. Will Rivers want to come back in 2021?

The Colts almost won the AFC South this year and nearly won a road playoff game vs. the favored Buffalo Bills. Rivers looked considerably better under center than he did in his final years with the Los Angeles Chargers. Though he is the least athletic starting quarterback in the NFL today, he is a future hall of famer for a reason.

If he wants to run it back, look for the Colts to let him do so.