Save for a few outliers here and there, the overwhelming consensus throughout the 2012 NFL draft process has been that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 overall pick of the Indianapolis Colts.
According to Luck, he's yet to hear those exact words from the Colts.
Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show (via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk), Luck revealed that Indianapolis has yet to tell him that he's going to be the No. 1 pick in April.
“They haven’t said those words yet,” Luck said this morning on the Dan Patrick Show.
“I’ve talked to coach Pagano, I’ve talked to coach Christensen, but they haven’t come out and said that," Luck said. "I understand they’ve got their work to do, they’ve got their due diligence to do, and I understand if it works out, great, and if it doesn’t, that’s great as well.”
There has been speculation that the Colts could consider Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the top pick, including a long assessment of the two quarterbacks from NFL Films guru Greg Cosell that states Griffin "is a superior arm talent and natural passer than Luck."
Cosell never says that the Colts should take Griffin over Luck, but the article—plus a dominating pro day from Griffin—spurred more conversation on who should be the draft's top pick.
Colts owner Jim Irsay was quoted in an ESPN article saying:
"If we decided to do a deal early with one of them, that's something we could definitely look into," Irsay said. "But we're still in the evaluation process right now."
There's still plenty of time, as the Colts have over a month to make a decision on which quarterback to select. But let's be perfectly honest: The leader in the clubhouse is still Luck, and we shouldn't take what he's said here out of context.
Remember, Luck uses the word "yet"—which implies he still expects the Colts to inform him of that decision down the road.
The Colts are likely doing their due diligence with Griffin before making a final call to Luck—something they absolutely should be doing with such a critical decision staring them in the face.
By the time late April comes around, expect the Colts to have already made Luck well aware of their intention to select him with the draft's No. 1 overall pick.