2012 NFL Draft: Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III?

Charlie Craigle@@CharlieCraigleContributor IFebruary 7, 2012

Should the Colts take Robert Griffin III with their first pick this April?
Should the Colts take Robert Griffin III with their first pick this April?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

There has been a lot of speculation regarding what the Colts will do this offseason. One thing that has been driven home from every angle is that they need to do something.

This team went from being a perennial contender, to being the butt of every joke concerning the 2011 NFL season. The defense got old and they started to quit early on in games. Watching the offensive unit for this team was like watching a chicken run around with it's head chopped off. It is true that this is a team sport, but every team needs a leader, and this year's Colts team was lacking in that department.

Peyton Manning was a huge part of this team and even stayed around the team this year to help out in any way he could even though he knew he wasn't going to play. His days appear to be numbered though, judging by Jim Irsay's latest comments. I believe we will see him donning a different uniform next season, most likely the Washington Redskins or the Kansas City Chiefs.

The biggest question surrounding this team is what it will do with the first overall pick in this year's NFL draft. All season long the "experts" have said that Andrew Luck is a lock at number one, but as we've seen in the past nothing is ever a lock when it comes to the NFL draft and predicting who will go where in April.

Judging by comments recently, the recent success of mobile quarterbacks, and just overall play at the collegiate level, I believe that the Colts will select Robert Griffin III (or RG3) with their first overall selection. This is not a knock on Andrew Luck, but more of a salute to the progression of the quarterback position.

Looking at the game today, quarterbacks are having better luck running the ball. The idea of having both the threat to throw and to run from that position is one of the hardest things to defend in the NFL.

Look at what Cam Newton did for the Panthers last year. He is just one of many examples recently of dual threat quarterbacks having success. Andrew Luck  also has the ability to run the football, but not to the extent that RG3 does.

Over time, the game has evolved many times. I believe that we are seeing the next evolution of the game as well as the quarterback position with players like RG3 and Cam Newton.

Andrew Luck is a phenomenal quarterback, and he will have a lot of success at the next level, but he is what is becoming known as the "Old School" quarterback. After a disappointing season in 2011, the Colts need some excitement to build on in 2012. RG3 is the future, and in the words of Terrell Owens... "Get your popcorn ready!"