Colts have to get one of the 2 top QBs. It is at least 90% at this point. No more 30+ yr old experiments like the last 3 tries. That means, they have to trade with Bears before Bears move on. If they let Bears do business with someone else, they are screwed.
So, where does that leave us? Unless Texans go all Vincent van Gogh and recreate the universe, we can have Anderson, if our new brains want to go that way. But what if they want draft picks and feel that strongly about 3 or 4 guys in the top 70 or so. We really do have holes to fill with legit lasting starters, not our usual 2nd string quality starters.
Who logically would need to move up to our spot that wouldn't drop us down lower than we can go and still get the R1 guy we really don't want to lose? To me, at a best 60/40 sensible guess, has to be the Panthers moving up to take Richardson. That seems like a perfect fit, they don't need to rush him in this season, and they have a potential Josh Allen type QB. If it goes that way, then I feel their '23 #9 + #39, along with '24 R2 + R3 will just about do it. I think we would feel good about a first, 2 seconds, and a third to move back only 6 spots. Maybe we could squeeze them for another R2 &/or R3 in '25.
If that worked for both teams, we would then have: 9, 34, 39, 66, 96 ...... Let's say in a perfect 1st draft by our new brain thrusts, we score a solid starter with our first 3 picks. Which position and which player to fill which spot? Keeping it real with your choices likely available when we pick at 9, 34, & 39?
I would be happy with a scenario like this one.
If Carter is taken and Hopkins has been traded:
#9 - Jordan Addison, WR, USC or ......
..... DEs, Wilson, Murphy, or Van Ness
#34 - Forbes or Banks, CB, Miss St/Maryland
#39 - DT - Kancey, Benton, Ika
Let's say Hopkins brings us about a #50 and we didn't take a DE yet, then .....
#50 - DEs, Hall, McDonald, Carter, Adebawore
Who would you like to fill those 3 or 4 spots with?