Why Colts Need to Realize Andrew Luck Trumps the Death Rattle of Peyton Manning

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 7, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Absolutely, the Indianapolis Colts should draft Stanford's Andrew Luck. 

Without any reluctance or hesitation. 

For as "unfair" as it may seem to the rest of the NFL, the Colts cannot mess up this one.

It's far too easy of a decision.

A slam dunk.  

Peyton's father recently said the following regarding Manning and Luck on the same roster, according to USA Today.

I don't think it'd necessarily be great for either one," he said regarding Peyton and Luck. "I think Andrew's the type of mature player ... he can walk right in (and play).

Archie intervening in yet another No. 1 overall selection in the NFL draft. 


They need to ignore Archie Manning.


He's not necessarily correct and is missing the point altogether. 

Firstly, has Peyton done anything to make us believe he's a Brett Favre diva? Not at all. Sure, when he's ready to play again, No. 18 will fully expect to be the unquestioned starter, and that's what he'll be. Also, who says Luck wouldn't want to learn the nuisances of the game from possibly the greatest of all time? 

Even if Luck wants to start right away, that's not for him to decide. 

The Colts have the opportunity, or most likely will have the opportunity to have both Peyton Manning and the best quarterback since Peyton Manning on the roster.

Nothing better than that.

If the 35-year-old never got hurt and Indianapolis somehow had the opportunity to draft Luck in next year's draft, would they do it?

Why wouldn't they?

An aging signal-caller in the twilight of his career with a chance to groom a once-in-a-decade quarterback prospect.

It's called drafting your future franchise guy. 

The fact that Manning is facing a career threatening injury and will be 36 before the start of the 2012 season really makes this a no-brainer.

Bill Polian has said money won't stop them from paying the two quarterbacks next year.

Make it happen.

Draft Andrew Luck, Indianapolis.