Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Colts to take Andrew Luck number one overall; RGIII headed to Redskins

The debate is over, the Indianapolis Colts will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Yesterday Ryan Grigson, the Colts general manager, informed reporters that the team had locked in on who they would select with the top pick. He however did not say who that pick would be, until today.

Grigson’s statement led to increasing speculation that the Colts migh have been looking at Robert Griffin III as the top pick, the “1-A” of quarterback prospects in this years draft.

Griffin is touted by many to be the better quarterback than Luck — given his exceptional athleticism and lightning fast speed — but the Colts don’t see it that way and believe Luck to be the man that can take over for the great Peyton Manning.

The Washington Redskins will now certainly take Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the number two pick in the draft, after trading multiple picks to the Rams to get into the second slot.

Luck has big shoes to fill, perhaps the biggest of all time, stepping into Manning’s old role with a Colts team that crumbled to a 2-14 record in 2011 after Peyton was forced to the sideline with a neck injury.

That mediocrity of course sparked wide spread change in Indianapolis. Long time VP Bill Polian was fired, as was his son and general manager, Grigson was then brought in, Manning was released, and the entire team was gutted.

It’s a new day for the Colts, who are hoping Luck can bring the same magic Manning did when he was drafted number one overall in 1998.

Washington will get their man too, and now head coach Mike Shanahan can finally distance himself from the Rex Grossman and John Beck quarterback experiment.

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