Texans vs. Colts: Last-Second Win Adds Intrigue to Hunt for Andrew Luck

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IDecember 22, 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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The Indianapolis Colts are no longer a lock for the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after they defeated the Houston Texans, 19-16, Thursday night to improve to 2-13.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is the prize of April's draft, but now there are multiple teams that will have a chance to draft the potential franchise quarterback.

The Colts now have the same amount of wins as the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings, who are both 2-12 entering Week 16.

The Rams and Vikings both selected quarterbacks in the first round in recent drafts. St. Louis drafted Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, and the Vikings picked Florida State star Christian Ponder in April.

Would either the Rams or Vikings draft Luck when they already committed high first-round picks to quarterbacks recently? Probably not; I certainly would not take a quarterback.

The Colts have a huge decision to make because Luck could be an All-Pro player but it would also be foolish to trade Peyton Manning when he still has years remaining as an elite quarterback.

What Indianapolis should do is trade the pick to a team that desperately wants Luck and who will grossly overpay to acquire the top pick.

The Colts need a lot more help than at quarterback to become a Super Bowl contender again. Their rushing defense is ranked 28th in the NFL, and as a whole, Indy's defense has no playmakers who can change games with huge defensive play.

With three teams in the running for the No. 1 overall pick and each of them already having a quality quarterback, the lead-up to the NFL Draft and who will take Andrew Luck just got a whole lot more interesting.

 

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