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Texans QB decision different from '12 Colts

3/25/2014

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Easy isn't a word associated with quarterback evaluations.

In fact, it might be one of the most difficult positions to assess in the NFL, and one for which a wrong assessment could have the biggest consequences. When the stakes are that high, it adds a degree of difficulty to any situation. But easy is pretty much how it was for the Indianapolis Colts back in 2012. They knew early in the process that Andrew Luck was who they wanted.

"Early, early," Grigson said. "I mean I think anyone that saw him play on TV or live when he was an underclassman, you can’t help but notice that type of talent when you see it. You usually can recognize greatness and he had greatness."

In talking about this year's draft, the phrase you often hear about the quarterbacks is "there's no Andrew Luck." That's less of a knock on the quarterbacks available, than a recognition of the fact that all of them have some question attached, whether it's Teddy Bridgewater's frame, Johnny Manziel's size and durability or Blake Bortles' mechanics and experience. Those concerns might not have an impact on how each player does in his future, but they certainly are worth thinking about.

With Luck, the Colts didn't have to do that.

"He was so talented and had all the intangibles and had the size," Grigson said. "So it’s very rare to get all those components in the one. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t kind of easy."

It's a lesson in what makes a guy worth that No. 1 overall pick. If he's worth it, you'll love him.

"It’s a very exciting time when you know that one of these guys is the one you want," said Bruce Arians, the Arizona Cardinals coach who had two stints with the Colts, both at times when Indianapolis had the first overall pick in the draft. He was there in 1998 when they drafted Peyton Manning and there in 2012 for Luck.

"That’s the job -- to make sure you love one of these guys," Arians said. "Don’t draft one for need because you won’t need him very long."