The Colts have made their decision, and it’s one of the worst kept secrets out there.
With the first overall pick in the NFL draft, the Colts have set themselves on Stanford QB Andrew Luck. While the team won’t make it official, everyone in the world knows the decision.
After months of speculation, scouting and scrutinizing, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson finally told reporters Wednesday that the Colts have a plan for their first No. 1 overall selection in 14 years – and reports say it’s Luck.
”We’ve known for a little while. We’ve done all our due diligence,” Grigson said during a 30-minute news conference. ”Unless there’s an unforeseen problem or something like that, we know what we’re doing.”
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the following about the pick:
It’s unclear precisely when the Colts informed Luck of this, but a league source said the Colts have known for weeks that Luck would be their pick. His style most closely resembles that of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and he is the player Indianapolis wants to rebuild around, the source said.
Team owner Jim Irsay has repeatedly said the team will choose Peyton Manning’s successor, presumably either Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner. If the Colts take Luck, the Washington Redskins are expected to take Griffin with the second pick next Thursday night.
Luck was expected to go No. 1 in 2011 before returning to school for his fourth college season. His resume looks like an exact replica of Manning’s — both stayed in school one year longer than expected, both finished as Heisman Trophy runner-ups and both had fathers who played quarterback in the NFL.
While the Colts sent a larger contingent of scouts to Griffin’s pro day in Texas than Luck’s pro day at Stanford, Luck had a personal workout for the Colts and traveled to Indianapolis for a personal interview. Griffin was advised by his agent to do neither and, apparently, it wasn’t the only reason Griffin didn’t come to town.
”You get to a point where you know what you’re going to do,” Grigson said.
Grigson would not say whether the Colts have started negotiating with either player.
In an email sent to The Associated Press, Luck’s agent, Will Wilson, declined to comment on whether the Colts had told him of their decision or whether contract talks had begun. Luck’s father, Oliver, also did not provide those answers. Luck has been attending classes at Stanford, and is trying to finish one architectural course that is offered only in the spring.
”I have not had any communication with any of the folks with the Colts. I stay out of all that,” Oliver Luck said in a phone interview. ”And I’ll keep my conversations with Andrew private.”
In other words, Luck should be ready to be called first next Thursday.