According to ESPN, the Colts have informed the former Cardinal quarterback that they will use the first overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft on him.
Since Luck announced his eligibility for the draft, he has unanimously been considered the No. 1 overall prospect available. Combining a staggering football IQ with tons of athleticism and a precision throwing arm, Luck has been seen as the greatest quarterback prospect to come out of the college ranks since Peyton Manning. Now, he’ll be taking Manning’s place as the Colts’ starter behind center.
Although it’s been expected for quite some time, the Colts have been unwilling to make their decision public up to this point as they continued to let the pre-draft process play out.
With Luck now a lock at No. 1, it seems more than likely that the Washington Redskins, who own the No. 2 pick, will have the go-ahead to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins made a blockbuster trade to acquire the pick from the St. Louis Rams back in early-March, and now will watch the pieces fall into place for them to land their franchise gunslinger.
Now that speculation can subside about what the Colts will do with the first pick, the spotlight will shift towards the Minnesota Vikings, who own the No. 3 overall pick. Although it’s expected that they will draft USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, General Manager Rick Spielman has made it clear that they’re open to a trade and are in no way set on selecting Kalil.
The rest of the draft may still be a mystery when April 26 rolls around, but at least the football world can be sure that Luck will be wearing a Colts hat as he saunters across the stage.