The Indianapolis Colts have done what everyone expected them to do, telling Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck that they will select him with the first overall pick in next week’s NFL draft, according to a person with knowledge of the situation..
That means that nothing stands in the way of the Washington Redskins taking QB Robert Griffin III at the second spot in the April 27 draft. That also has been expected since Washington traded up to the No. 2 spot in March.
Luck has been regarded as the top prospect in the draft for some time now. And the Colts were expected to draft him, even before they parted ways with Peyton Manning.
Griffin said Thursday that he hasn’t heard from the Redskins and “neither have my agents.” He said he was aware of the development, first reported by ESPN Thursday morning, but wasn’t going to comment because it hadn’t been confirmed publicly.
The Redskins believe that either Luck or Griffin would solve their long-standing woes at quarterback and are content to take whichever player the Colts don’t select.
Shortly after the Redskins sent this year’s sixth overall pick, their second-rounder in this year’s draft and first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams to obtain the No. 2 overall pick, Washington general manager Bruce Allen said “We fell in love with two players in the draft, and one of those players will be a great Redskin.”
Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson said on Wednesday that his team had settled on its selection in the draft.
“We’ve known for a little while. We’ve done all our due diligence,” Grigson told reporters. “Unless there’s an unforeseen problem or something like that, we know what we’re doing.”
Now, it sounds as if the Colts have told Luck what they’re doing as well.