It seems to be a forgone conclusion that Stanford QB Andrew Luck will be the first overall pick in next months NFL draft. All of the prognostication and speculation over the last year (and really two years) confirms that notion.
However Luck told The Dan Patrick radio show that the Colts have not informed him that they intend to use the 1st pick on him:
They haven’t said those words yet…I’ve talked to coach Pagano, I’ve talked to coach Christensen, but they haven’t come out and said that”
What makes Luck’s statement more interesting is the fact that he acknowledged that he has spoken with the Washington Redskins brass as well. This, on the heels of some reports that after an impressive pro day workout, that Robert Griffin III could possibly be on the Colts radar as the potential #1 overall pick.
Of course the Washington Redskins paid a kings ransom in moving up in the draft with the intention of drafting Griffin, however in the event that the Colts were to make an apparent change of heart and draft the Heisman trophy winner, the Redskins wanted to make sure they did their homework on Luck.
The most likely scenario is that the Redskins are simply doing their due diligence by speaking with Luck, just as the Colts with Griffin. Like Griffin, Luck also impressed in his pro day workout last week and has done nothing to hurt himself or his draft stock throughout the evaluation process either. So don’t look at the reports of the Colts taking Griffin as anything more than attempts by us media pundits to drum up a bit of intrigue to what would be an otherwise anti-climatic start of the 2012 NFL Draft.