April 23, 2005
It was a miserable day of waiting for Aaron Rodgers, who would eventually be selected 24th after being projected to go early in the first round.
The result: He ended up on a playoff team and studied for three seasons behind the legendary Brett Favre. While we have become spoiled by the Matt Ryans, Joe Flaccos and Andy Daltons of the world, rookie quarterbacks never used to be an option, much less successful. Heck, even Peyton Manning had 28 picks in his rookie campaign.
Enter Andrew Luck and a peculiar Indianapolis Colts situation. The Stanford star is too talented of a player to pass up, and Manning is almost 36 years old.
So instead of the one or the other debate, let's add a third and more reasonable option to the picture.
The Colts draft Andrew Luck, he learns from one of the greatest players ever, avoids taking a beating as many young quarterbacks do and the Colts move seamlessly from star to star.
A lock for the 2011 NFL MVP, a Super Bowl ring and MVP later, it is clear that Rodgers biding his time was worth it. Luck and the Colts should do the same.
Take a look at the top five quarterback transitions in NFL history, with Manning to Luck soon to join the list.