The Indianapolis Colts had a very tough decision to make in the 2012 NFL Draft, whether to pick Andrew Luck out of Stanford or Robert Griffin III out of Baylor. Due to Luck's pro style offense at Stanford, the Colts decided he was the best fit.
During the first few weeks of this season, it was looking as if Griffin was the better choice of the two. They were both playing pretty good football, except Griffin was also able to run all over the field. The moment when it seemed like everyone thought Griffin had surpassed Luck was during Week 6. Luck looked a lot like a rookie against the New York Jets, throwing two interceptions and being hit multiple times. Griffin was having his best game, throwing the ball well, and also running for 138 yards and two scores. Many believed that Griffin's legs were what put him apart from Luck.
The opinions of many have changed over the past few weeks.
Luck has won three straight games, and his team is now very much in the playoff race. Griffin has lost three straight, and his numbers have slid the past two weeks. What is more surprising is that Luck has two rushing touchdowns during this stretch, while Griffin has none. Luck has proven to everyone that he is also a clutch player. He has led four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this year, which is the same amount the rest of the rookie quarterbacks have combined. His ability to win late reminds people of another Colts quarterback.
Griffin has also had a few problems already with injuries. He suffered a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons, which caused him to miss the rest of that game and almost miss the following game. After last week's game he got an x-ray on his ribs after complaining of soreness. While the x-ray came out negative, the fact that he is taking so many hits is concerning in the long run.
Luck has now proven to people that there was a reason the Colts picked him over Griffin. He broke the rookie record for passing yards last week with 433. He currently has exactly as many passing yards this season as the former Colts QB, Peyton Manning. His mobility in the pocket is surprising, and his ability to escape the pass rush is reminding some people of Ben Roethlisberger.
What is the most impressive thing for Andrew Luck is that his team has a winning record at the halfway point. After the Colts went 2-14 last year, they have turned it almost completely around. Luck could be the first ever No. 1 overall draft pick to have a winning season. Sam Bradford was the closest to achieving that feat, compiling seven wins in his rookie year.
Luck is showing that he is quickly becoming a leader for the Colts. His ability to lead drives late in the game is making the rest of the team feel more confident with him as its field general. In the long run, it appears that he will be the best quarterback to come out of this class.
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