2012 NFL Draft: Indianpolis Colts' Commitment to Andrew Luck Was Inevitable

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterNovember 29, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Given the way things are looking right now, the Indianapolis Colts will be lucky if they win a single game this season. That would represent quite the downfall, seeing as how the Colts have won at least 10 games every year since 2002.

But hey, at least the Colts are pretty much a lock to end up with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, right? That means they can have Andrew Luck if they want him.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Colts do want him. Here's what Schefter had to say about Luck and the Colts in his most recent mailbag piece:

There will be some twists and turns to it, and eventually Matt Barkley's name might enter the conversation. But when the Colts are on the clock -- and they will be on the clock the day the season ends -- Luck can start looking to buy a new house in Indianapolis. The Colts are expected to hand off their franchise from Peyton Manning to Luck. Amazing.


You shouldn't be. The Colts have been rumored to be interested in Luck as an heir apparent to Manning ever since it became apparent that No. 18 wasn't going to be able to play in 2011. Because his neck is pretty messed up and because he's getting up there in years, it's high time the Colts started preparing for life after Manning.

What makes Schefter's latest different from all the other Luck-to-the-Colts rumors is that there's a sense of certainty in his words. You have to take that for what it's worth, but we're talking about a guy who breaks more NFL news than anybody. The Colts will make their interest in Luck official sooner or later, but it's very easy to believe that they've already made up their minds.

Assuming the Colts do want Luck that badly, the only real question now is whether or not Luck wants to go to the NFL that badly. He has another year of eligibility at Stanford, so it's at least possible that he could stay in college for one more year.

For what it's worth, though, I highly doubt he will. He's on track to get his degree in the spring of 2012, and it would be very hard for him or any other quarterback to pass up the opportunity to learn under the great Peyton Manning.

So despite the fact this is far from a done deal, I would say it's deal that is getting closer to being done every week.


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