During the NFL’s annual fall meeting in Houston Monday, Colts owner Jim Irsay strongly indicated that his team would be willing to take someone such as Stanford’s Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL draft if the opportunity presented itself. “Guys like that come along so rarely,” Irsay said, referring to Manning and what many are projecting of Luck. The Stanford senior is already widely considered a near-lock to be the No. 1 overall pick.
“Even if that means that guy sits for three or four years, you’d certainly think about taking him you see what Green Bay did with [Brett] Favre and [Aaron] Rodgers and you’d like to be able to do the same thing.” League rules normally prohibit team personnel from commenting on college players who have yet to declare for the NFL draft, and could be handed down a strongly-worded letter from the commissioners office. But according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, that won’t be happening. “It was well understood by Andrew Luck that he would have been the top pick or a top 5 pick if he came out after LAST season,” Aiello explained via email. “He decided to stay. The comment you cite [from Irsay] is not the type that is of concern in terms of influencing underclassmen.”