Colts general manager Chris Ballard thinks the brakes should be pumped before trying to anoint Jacob Eason the team's quarterback of the future.

Eason, whom the Colts selected in the fourth round (No. 122 overall) of the NFL draft Saturday, still has to make the team, according to Ballard.

"He has talent, but there's a long way to go," Ballard said. "Like any of them, they have to earn it. Right now he's competing with Chad Kelly. Philip Rivers and Jacoby [Brissett] are our first two [quarterbacks]. Let's slow our roll a little bit in terms of tagging this guy as the next messiah walking into town. He was a fourth-round pick. We didn't move up to the first pick of the draft. Jacob has talent. He has to work and he has to earn it."

Eason had to sit and watch as five other quarterbacks -- Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love and Jalen Hurts -- were picked in front of him. He had been projected by some to go late in the first round of the draft.