2012 NFL Draft: 5 Reasons Why Indianapolis Colts Must Trade First Overall Pick
Andrew Luck is being hyped as the best quarterback prospect in a decade. A can't-miss player and by far one of the safest picks at quarterback in recent memory.
On the other hand, you have Peyton Manning, a living legend. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time when he decides to retire.
Choosing either quarterback has its pros and cons, but in my mind, the pros of keeping Manning under center outweigh the pros of drafting Andrew Luck.
Here are five reasons why.
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Without playing a single snap, Peyton Manning proved that he is the NFL's true MVP. It's amazing how much of an impact one player can make on a team.
With Manning, the Colts are an elite football team that year-in and year-out is capable of winning 12 games and making a serious playoff run. Without Manning, they become the laughingstock of the league.
I don't care how good Andrew Luck is—there is no way he can step in and make this team an immediate contender.
Manning isn't Brett Favre old; he's not a 40-something-year-old that's ready for the grave. He's 35 years old with two or three good seasons of football left if he can stay healthy.
Manning has done so much for this organization, and he has earned the right to start as long as he can play.
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Everybody compares Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning to the Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre situation.
The reality is, more and more often in today's era, hyped-up rookie quarterbacks are starting in their rookie season.
And when you're the most hyped quarterback prospect in a decade, it's easy to get a little squirmy sitting on the bench.
I'm not saying Andrew Luck has an ego; what I am saying is has anyone thought that just maybe Andrew Luck doesn't want to sit?
After watching all these rookie quarterbacks have success, Andrew Luck knows he is more than capable of following in those quarterbacks' footsteps.
Luck may be expected to be a legend, and in order to meet those expectations, Luck will be just itching for an opportunity to make an impact now, not hold a clipboard for three years.
An unhappy Luck who wants to be traded to a team that WILL start him isn't good for the Colts organization.
Unless the Colts trade Peyton Manning—and let's face it, that's unlikely to happen—Manning will be the starter next year, even if they do draft Luck.
Colts Have Other Draft Needs
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The Colts showed a lot of weaknesses on both sides of the ball in 2011, and seven picks aren't going to fix that.
For the 2012 NFL draft, the front office needs to be thinking quantity as well as quality.
If a team were to trade up for the No. 1 overall pick, they likely would be desperate enough for Luck that they'd trade pretty much most of their draft picks.
For the Colts, 12 or 13 picks instead of getting Andrew Luck is the mindset you need to have.
You already have your starting quarterback in Peyton Manning; now let's restock both sides of the ball through the draft and let Manning groom these young guys.
The Colts could use help all over the field, and it starts with the draft. And while having Luck would be nice, having 10+ picks is exactly what the Colts need to build for the future.
There Will Be Other Options
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It's not like Andrew Luck is going to be the only hyped-up quarterback for another decade.
In two or three years, when Manning is closing in on retiring for good, the Colts can then worry about drafting another quarterback.
People are acting like Andrew Luck is the only shot the Colts will ever get at a good quarterback.
This is not true.
Every draft class has two or three quarterbacks that are NFL material. Last year it was Andy Dalton and Cam Newton.
This year it will be Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin 3. Next year the "next big thing" is Matt Barkley.
Yes, having Andrew Luck would be nice in the long run, but people need to quit acting like he's going to be the only great quarterback prospect the Colts will get a chance at.
This Town Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us
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As cheesy as it sounds, it's completely true. One cannot start while the other rides the bench.
Could you imagine how stressed out Luck would be if he just sat on the bench for three years knowing he was supposed to be the best quarterback drafted in a decade? All while RG3 and Ryan Tannehill are tearing it up with their respective squads?
Vice versa, could you imagine Andrew Luck starting...and Manning being traded?
No, that would be morally incorrect. For Manning to play in anything but a Colts uniform is just wrong.
In the end, Manning will start if he's still in Indy, and after weighing the pros and cons of each quarterback, Manning is the best option.