Obviously Andrew Luck would like to become this year’s No. 1 NFL draft pick. Who in their right mind wouldn’t?
Instant fame. Enormous wealth. A lifetime’s worth of bragging rights. How many people in the history of the world can say they were a No. 1 draft pick anyway? It’s like being one of the astronauts who walked on the moon. Of course Luck wants to join a club that exclusive.
But does he really want to join the Indianapolis Colts too?
The natural downside of going No. 1 overall is that you’re practically forced to play for what should by definition be the worst team in the league. It’s a downside vastly overshadowed by an abundance of perks and privileges, but it is a downside nevertheless.
Sometimes that handicap proves to be meaningless (Indy’s own Peyton Manning is exhibit A). Other times, it wrecks a promising young career before it even begins (Tim Couch, anyone?).
Sure, after the way they played last season the Colts are definitely worthy of their draft position, but is their current state actually so dysfunctional it ought to scare away even the most talented prospect available?
Ultimately that’s up to Luck to decide, but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer to help.
Here’s an overview of the situation the best young football player in the nation will likely face this fall, divided into pro’s and con’s and presented specifically in terms of how they relate to Luck and Luck alone.
When you go No. 1, after all, history has taught us it often helps to look out for No. 1 too, now doesn’t it?