The possibility that the Colts could draft Robert Griffin III has been all the rage after the Baylor quarterback aced his pro day. And while the possibility that the Redskins could be “stuck with Luck” exists, the chances are slim.
That is the opinion here and the opinion of Colts writer Nate Dunleavy. The longtime observer of the franchise explains that the Colts have just gone through the ordeal of releasing Peyton Manning and other veterans. They did this knowing exactly what they were going to do next, which is draft Andrew Luck.
Dunleavy lists four reasons why the Colts will do that, here is the first:
1. There is zero question Luck already knows how to run a pro offense.
Forget the whole athlete/intellect debate. The intellectual and athletic gaps between Griffin and Luck are negligible. Each one is hyper-intelligent and athletic. The only difference is in experience level. What Luck did in college translates immediately to the pros. What Griffin did in the spread requires some work to decipher. The numbers were amazing, but spread numbers can lie (check out Colt McCoy on that link).
Update: Might as well include the thoughts of Don Banks of SI.com, one of the most well-wired of insiders especially when it comes to the Colts (remember his story on the unknown fourth "procedure" that Peyton Manning had done on his neck). He put Luck first in his mock draft posted on Friday and he wasn't just taking a shot in the dark:
As head-turning as Baylor's Robert Griffin III has been at the combine and on his pro day, I haven't heard anything from the Colts to make me believe they're wavering on their intent to take Luck. With Peyton Manning a Bronco, and Indy's purge of veterans complete, all that remains is the formality of handing in the card on draft night, and making official the very fitting marriage between The Horseshoe and a QB named Luck.