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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Charade over, Colts must supplement Luck

By Paul Kuharsky



It’s been a poorly kept secret for a long time.

But now, the Colts have finally informed Andrew Luck he will be the name called with the first pick in the draft, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

We’ve debated the value of not saying it would be Luck. Just Thursday, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said the team had decided, but he wasn’t ready to share.

It was his prerogative, for sure. But it seemed like a game intended to draw maximum attention to Indianapolis and to maximize the opportunities for owner Jim Irsay to hit us with cryptic tweets.

Luck is in the mold of Peyton Manning, and that No. 1 pick in 1998 worked out pretty well. Irsay and the Colts have long envisioned building the franchise, again, around a centerpiece pocket quarterback who will bring a combination of smarts and athleticism.

All indications are that Robert Griffin III is highly regarded, too, and is likely to have a great NFL career like Luck. But the same thing was being said about Manning and Ryan Leaf in 1998. Luck and Griffin will have to break with the typical odds for both to hit.

The Colts aren’t concerned with Griffin.

Luck’s their man. It’s official now. It’s time to maximize his resources and get this rebuild started.