We reported a short while ago that Colts owner Jim Irsay said that his organization has not yet settled on which quarterback it will draft next month. Both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are in play.
However, team GM Ryan Grigson said on a conference call today that the Colts will have Luck in for a visit to the team facility in the next few weeks. They will not, however, host Griffin.
The visits to the facility can be quite valuable for teams in their evaluation process, especially at the quarterback position. They give them a chance to get to know their prospective team leader in more depth than they can get during the “speed dating” interviews that take place at the NFL Combine. Teams also usually quiz the player to test his knowledge of NFL defenses and quarterback play in general.
While a team certainly can draft a player without bringing him in for a visit, the Colts decision not to bring in Griffin is puzzling if they are truly interested in taking him with the top pick.
While they Colts could change their thinking, if I’m looking for clues as to who they might draft I will look at what they do--or, in this case, what they don’t do--rather than listening to what they say.