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NFL Draft: Andrew Luck will need a number...after he takes his finals

View Photo Gallery: The NFL Draft will begin when the Indianapolis Colts take Andrew Luck with the first pick.

After taping an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday afternoon, Andrew Luck will scoot a few blocks over Radio City Music Hall, where, shortly after 8 p.m., NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce that he is the Indianapolis Colts’ choice as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

After that, there’ll be a big introduction in Indy, where Peyton Manning will officially be a person of the past. And after that? Well, Luck will need a number. He wore No. 12 in high school in Texas and in college at Stanford, but Quan Cosby, a journeyman wide receiver, owns the number with the Colts. Cosby, though, told the NFL Network’s Albert Breer that he’s willing to give it up, for a fee of course. (And, presumably, a few passes thrown his way.)

“If it's important to him, then of course we'll try and work it out,” Cosby said. “We want him to be comfortable and we want him to wear what he feels best in because if you look good, feel good, you usually play good. Again, like I said, it's one of those things, I'm a team player, and we'll do what's best for the team.”

Once he’s suited up, Luck can get down to work...eventually. Stanford’s academic calendar, as Breer noted in March, means Luck, who is taking two courses in the spring quarter, can’t join the team until after his finals.

“That is something of an interesting situation. I think, officially, I can go out and join the team starting June 8, after my last final,” Luck said today in New York. “That will be the first day that I can help.

“And then, obviously, there is a rookie minicamp [May 4-6] that I can go to. I’m sure there are going to be ways around of trying to learn the playbook and trying to meet up with guys in different areas to start the familiarity process.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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