Indianapolis Colts Should Go After College QB with High Pick in 2012 Draft

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIISeptember 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans throws a pass against the Syracuse Orangemen at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After two disappointing games to start the season, the Indianapolis Colts appear to be on the fast track to a top five pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Unfortunately, with Peyton Manning out for the season, the Colts have been exposed as a poorly put-together team that relied way too much on their franchise quarterback.

In 2008, with Tom Brady injured and out for the year, the New England Patriots showed that a plan existed if Brady was to suffer an injury as Matt Cassel led the team to a successful campaign, just missing the playoffs.

Such is the opposite with the Colts, though.

Manning's presence has retarded the growth of any other quarterbacks on the roster and we've seen players like Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter unable to perform when their opportunity came.

Painter couldn't even win the job out of preseason when Manning went down, showing that the Colts really dropped the ball when it came to a Plan B behind their franchise quarterback.

With a potential high pick in this year's draft, the Colts have a real choice to make.

Is it time to finally plan for the future?

This year's quarterback class is the deepest it's ever been with players like Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley and Landry Jones among others.

Peyton Manning's neck looks like it could be a recurring issue and with no real reliable option behind No. 18, it's time to bring someone in.

Adding a player like Barkley or Jones would give the Colts a security blanket and a young quarterback to grow with young receivers like Blair White, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie.

If Manning is able to stay healthy for the remainder of his contract, a rookie quarterback could fulfill an Aaron Rodgers-like role and learn the offense behind one of the game's best.

If Manning doesn't stay healthy, talented players like Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Dallas Clark won't have to waste another season like they have this year.

When the Colts are on the clock this year, it looks as though Matt Barkley and Landry Jones will be on the draft board.

With Peyton Manning in an uncertain predicament, the Colts may have to draft a quarterback in the first round.