The Indianapolis Colts have done what everyone expected them to do by 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 quarterback Robert Griffin III second 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. 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.
Indianapolis General Manager Ryan Grigson said 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.”
Griffin said in an interview earlier this week that he was nervous about the draft until the Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick to the St. Louis Rams to secure the second overall selection.
“Once the trade happened, it kind of settled me down to where it’s one or the other,” he said. “I’m either going to Indianapolis or going to Washington, D.C. It makes it a lot easier, and you kind of feel like you know where you’re going to go.”
Griffin has met several times this month with members of the Redskins’ front office and coaching staff as they get to know one another. Griffin said he’s familiar with this area even though he’s from Texas. He has a grandmother in Richmond, a sister in Philadelphia and a cousin at Howard University.
“I’ve got connections there. It’ll be really cool,” he said. “Maybe me and the president can actually live up to that deal we made. I challenged him to a basketball game, but he said he wouldn’t play against me, he’d play with me. So 2-on-2, whoever wants it, let’s go.” Griffin met President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in February.
He said he doesn’t think he’d have a problem making the Washington area his home.
“Having lived in so many different places, you just go in it, see what’s going on and you find your niche,” said Griffin, whose family moved often because his parents were in the military. “And just not where you fit in. You just try to make your niche who you are. If you’re a cool, calm, laid-back person, you go into that niche. And that’s what I’m looking forward to doing and building that leadership with the team I go to.”
Staff Writer Mark Maske contributed to this report.