Saturday, January 7, 2012
Updated: January 8, 3:38 PM ET
Colts to pick Andrew Luck, sources say
By Chris Mortensen
With the stunning dismissal of Bill Polian, the architect of the Colts' 11 playoff appearances, uncertainties remain over Peyton Manning's health and Jim Caldwell's future as coach, but sources say one thing is certain: Colts owner Jim Irsay plans to take Andrew Luck with the draft's first-round pick.
Sources say Irsay sees symmetry in the franchise history of draft picks and will not pass on the opportunity to complete it. In 1983, the Colts took John Elway with the No. 1 pick, only to see Irsay's father, Bob, trade the Hall of Famer.
Fifteen years later, the Colts took Manning.
Now 14 years after that, Jim Irsay wants to draft his quarterback for the next 12 to 15 years.
Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL anaylst for ESPN.