Colts Probably Won't Take RG3 over Andrew Luck, but Still Must Do Due Diligence

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IMarch 21, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a 96 yard touchdown pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Is Andrew Luck the absolute, outright, blatantly obvious choice for the Indianapolis Colts at No. 1 overall in the 2012 NFL draft?

Just because the Colts and Luck have been linked since January doesn't mean Indy's front office should fail to complete their due diligence on Robert Griffin III. 

This isn't a case of a clear-cut No. 1 overall quarterback or player.

Certainly not.

I truly believe, outside of his prolific collegiate career, Luck's been slotted to the Colts because of similar signal-calling traits to that of Peyton Manning

A white, traditional drop-back passer who was the consensus top quarterback during his last two years in college with a father that played in the NFL.

Sound like anyone?  

This is definitely not a race issue, but the transition from Manning to Luck has always seemed like it would be relatively smooth due to the quarterbacking resemblance between the two.

As big of a Luck proponent as I am, I also am fully aware of Griffin III's immense potential. With RG3 comes a lot of unknown, however. Can he move into a pro-style offense?

How will he be under center? Can he read defenses well? Is he willing to stay in the pocket?

The Colts must do thorough research to find the answers to those questions before making their final decision.

Griffin III is just as talented as a passer as Luck in terms of arm strength and accuracy (some say he's better.) He brings Cam Newton/Mike Vick explosiveness to the field as a runner and doesn't have any off-the-field or maturity issues. 

Think Andrew Luck's smart? 

Griffin III graduated from Baylor University in three years with a 3.67 GPA.

The kid has transcendent potential.  

This is more of a dead heat than we think, or at least it should be. These prospects bring a lot of the same attributes to the field and each have their own specialties. 

If the Colts pick Andrew Luck, fine. Just as long as they were diligent in their examination of Robert Griffin III.