Colts find possible Philip Rivers heir apparent in Round 4

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The Indianapolis Colts entered the 2020 NFL Draft without a first-round selection after trading it in the DeForest Buckner blockbuster.

Heading into Round 2 Friday night, most figured Indianapolis would look for a future starting quarterback behind the recently-acquired Philip Rivers.

That did not come to fruition. Instead, Indianapolis went into full-scale win-now mode by adding two pro-ready skill-position players in the second round.

Indianapolis now might have its quarterback of the future. General manager Chris Ballard and Co. just selected former Georgia and Washington quarterback Jacob Eason in the fourth round (122nd overall).

This is no small thing. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound Eason was seen as a potential late first-round pick heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s your prototypical strong-arm quarterback who needs a couple seasons to hone his skills.

It could be the perfect fit in Indianapolis for Eason. He can learn behind a future Hall of Fame quarterback in that of the 38-year-old Rivers.

A draft that has been defined by the Colts doing their best to compete with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC next season now culminates with the team looking to the future.