With less than three weeks until the 2012 NFL Draft, here are my initial predictions.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB (Stanford)
This is a no-brainer despite speculation that they could go with Robert Griffin III. Luck has a better track record and is the safer choice.
The Peyton Manning era is officially over, and Luck has all the skills needed to step in and be the next great Colts quarterback. He is the most complete quarterback to come out since Manning left Tennessee.
Luck has the size, arm strength, accuracy, athleticism and intangibles needed to lead a franchise for the next 10-15 years.
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB (Baylor)
Washington caught a break when St. Louis landed the No. 2 spot.
After trading up for the chance to draft RG3, Mike Shanahan will draft the most talented quarterback the Redskins have had since Joe Theismann. Griffin, like Luck, has all that is needed to be a franchise quarterback and will be able to handle the pressure caused by the bounty the Redskins gave up to draft him.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Blackmon, WR (Oklahoma State)
The Vikings have decided that Christian Ponder is their future, so surrounding him with talent on offense is a top priority.
Adding Blackmon will take pressure off Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson. While Matt Kalil also makes sense, it will be hard to pass up the potential of Blackmon.