(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — For months now, its been widely assumed that former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck would be the number one overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Not so fast though, according to Colts officials.
Competing with Luck for the number one pick is former Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Griffin has impressed scouts at the combine as well as his pro day. Despite Griffin’s impressive showings, it was assumed he’d go number two overall to the Washington Redskins. Colts owner Jim Irsay didn’t sound like the team has made up its mind regarding their pick.
“I think they’re both outstanding young men,” Irsay said at the NFL’s owners meetings on Monday. “I don’t think it’s either-or, where only one of them is going to succeed. I think they’re both going to be great.”
“If we decide to do a deal early with one of them, that’s something we could definitely look into,” Irsay later added. “But we’re still in the evaluation process right now.”
Without Manning for the entire 2011 season, the Colts fell apart, going 2-14, their worst record since the team went 3-13 in Manning’s rookie year back in 1998.
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