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Andrew Luck will try to turn around the Indianapolis Colts next season.
1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (No. 1 Overall)
Andrew Luck had a marvelous career at Stanford University. Luck has some big shoes to fill in Indianapolis. He will take over a position vacated by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
There could not be a better draftee to take over for Manning. Many believe Luck is the best quarterback prospect since fellow Stanford alumnus John Elway.
Luck comes from a pro-style offense, so his game should translate well in Indianapolis. Barring injury, Luck will almost without a doubt become the starting quarterback for first-year coach Chuck Pagano.
Sam Bradford and Cam Newton have shown that No. 1 overall picks can thrive in their first year.
The Colts are in almost total rebuilding mode, but Luck will have some weapons like veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Chuck Pagano will work hard to improve a usually poor defense, which should take pressure off the young signal-caller.
There is no reason that Andrew Luck will not be successful in his first season and beyond.
2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (No. 2 Overall)
Robert Griffin III (RG3) is one of the most athletically gifted quarterbacks since Michael Vick was drafted in 2001. The Redskins wagered three draft picks that RG3 is the answer at quarterback.
Only time will tell if RG3 will become their first true franchise quarterback since Joe Theismann. Griffin may not be quite as polished as Luck, but his physical skills are matched by few, if any.
He will be backed by a solid Jim Haslett-coached defense. Washington has newly-signed Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan to go along with holdover Santana Moss. Griffin will also have an above-average line and running game to go along with a solid tight end group.
The Heisman Trophy winner has athletic skills to soften the learning curve. RG3 will have a challenging schedule playing in the tough NFC East, which features the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Redskins' season opens with the New Orleans Saints and also features the AFC North.
Needless to say, Griffin will be tested early and often, but he has the tools and character to reward Washington's faith with a solid first season and beyond.
3. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (No. 8 Overall)
The Texas A&M product has been rated as the third-best quarterback in the draft and was drafted as such. He will be reunited with his former college coach Mike Sherman, who is the offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins.
He has size and poise in the pocket to go along with a strong arm. Tannehill may be a little bit of a reach, but he is a great fit with the Miami Dolphins and should develop into a solid pro.
It is possible that he could win the starting quarterback job coming out of the preseason. It seems like the more likely situation involves Tannehill sitting on the bench for at least a portion of the season. Miami has quarterbacks Matt Moore and recently signed David Garrard.
Tannehill becomes the first quarterback Miami has drafted in the first round since Dan Marino.
4. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (No. 22 Overall)
Brandon Weeden was the fourth quarterback taken in the first round. This was an interesting pick by the Browns, and Colt McCoy might lose a little sleep tonight.
It is difficult to predict what Weeden will be doing at the start of next season. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy may start the season as the backup quarterback. McCoy will certainly be on a short leash next season, and Weeden could end up handing off to Trent Richardson by midseason.