Matt Bowen explains why Anthony Richardson is perfect fit for Colts

The Indianapolis Colts used the No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft to select quarterback Anthony Richardson, and there have been plenty of analysts who see it as a perfect fit.

Among them is former NFL safety and current ESPN analyst Matt Bowen, who listed his favorite fits and landing spots for incoming rookies during the draft.

Here’s what Bowen said about Richardson being a perfect fit for the Colts:

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Considering his rare dual-threat traits and the Colts’ offensive system, Richardson lands in a prime spot for his pro development. First-year head coach Shane Steichen schemed for Jalen Hurts last year in Philadelphia, mixing in designed runs, run-pass options and play-action elements while also giving Hurts opportunities as a pocket thrower. Expect the same script for Richardson in Indianapolis as he develops in the NFL.

While Richardson can still improve his lower-body mechanics and generate a stronger sense of accelerated vision from the pocket, the tools are there for the young quarterback to produce in an offense designed to highlight his playmaking ability at the position. He completed 53.8% of his passes last season, but he threw 17 touchdown passes and averaged 6.4 yards per rush. This is a great spot for Richardson to learn the pro game and continue developing his skill set.

It’s been said several times that the road of development ahead for Richardson will ultimately determine his ceiling. He has the work ethic and physical skills to reach his elite ceiling, but it isn’t something that will happen overnight. And nor is it a guarantee.

However, the Colts have a strong system in place for Richardson to reach his potential, and it starts with the fit in Shane Steichen’s offense and the supporting cast he has around him.

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