It is official: Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 choice in Thursday night’s NFL draft.
Rather than keeping the NFL’s worst-kept secret under wraps till Luck’s name rolled off the lips of Commissioner Roger Goodell, managing director Ryan Grigson decided there was no reason to stave off the inevitable: Luck will become the inheritor to Peyton Manning as Indianapolis’ quarterback and the new face of the franchise. Baseball betting lines
“We didn’t to see the reason in lengthening what the world already knows,” Grigson told reporters after a voluntary minicamp workout. “It’s about Andrew and we wanted to do the best thing by him.”
The decision is not surprising. Last week, Grigson said the Colts had determined concerning who to take with the 1st selection but declined to say whether it’d be Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, or Robert Griffin III, the Heisman winner.
But league resources expounded that the Colts had informed Luck he would be their option to succeed Manning.
The Washington Redskins will take Griffin III with the No. 2 pick in the draft, according to league sources. Sports scores
And the Minnesota Vikings, picking at No. 3 overall, have reportedly narrowed down their list of decisions to 3 players: USC left tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Grigson said last week that the team made its call a week or two earlier and that was one reason they didn’t have Griffin come to Indy for an interview.
The Stanford quarterback plans to have his whole family in New York on draft night. He’ll fly to Indianapolis, where he will take questions from local reporters and then meet fans at Lucas Oil Stadium, his new home field.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Luck will join the team’s offseason conditioning plan after his June 17 graduation.
“I’ve got his number now. I have been waiting to give him a call until everything else was figured out,” said quarterback Drew Stanton, who the Colts purchased in a trade with the NY Jets last month. “Try and do that and reach out to him and make sure he knows I’m going to be each bit of a resource that I can for him.”
Stanton and Trevor Vittatoe are the only quarterbacks now on Indy’s roster, something that may change.
But that isn’t the explanation Grigson made the impromptu statement.
“Really, on behalf the kid, you try to make things a touch easier on his part. Go ahead and make the choice. Go ahead get it out there officially that he’s our guy,” Pagano expounded. “The intangibles are off the chart. You know the skill base. You’ve seen his body of work. He’s a gymnasium rat. He’s a football junkie. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s physical. He can make every toss out there. He’s a great leader in his own way.”
The Colts have not had the first pick in the draft since 1998 when they selected Manning.
They may also have the final pick Thursday night, marking the 1st time a non-expansion team has had both the 1st and last pick in a draft since 1967. The then-expansion Houston Texans also had the 1st and last pick in 2002.