On Tuesday, Colts GM Ryan Grigson told us what we’ve known since around Thanksgiving of 2011. The Colts will be taking Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft.
The announcement is no surprise to anyone who’s been following the Colts since Peyton Manning was unable to play at the beginning of the 2011 season. For better or for worse, the Colts seemed to fall in love with Luck, and it didn’t appear as if they ever really considered taking Robert Griffin III.
Colts fans have been spoiled by Peyton Manning and company for over a decade. Fans will be expecting Luck to come in and deliver almost immediately, but those expectations may need to be toned down for the sake of Luck’s development. Although Andrew Luck is considered by many the best prospect at quarterback since Peyton Manning entered the league, quarterbacks in the NFL are anything but a sure bet, and even if Luck is great, it seems doubtful that he could hope to fully live up to Peyton Manning’s legacy in Indianapolis.
The announcement almost certainly locks the Redskins into Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. Although they can’t make any official announcement until Luck is actually taken by the Colts, it seems like a safe bet that Griffin will be in Washington.