2012 NFL Draft: Vikings, Rams Back in Hunt for Andrew Luck

Dan AdamsCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2011

Will he be your next starting quarterback?
Will he be your next starting quarterback?Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

It wasn't long ago that people assumed the Indianapolis Colts had not only given up on the 2011 season, but they had plans to replace their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, with can't-miss Stanford senior, Andrew Luck.

After a last-second comeback victory over the 10-win but injury-thrashed Houston Texans, the Colts proved that they hadn't thrown in the towel. Minnesota Vikings fans should be jumping up and down because their team has a shot at the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

For a franchise reeling following the departure of the retired Brett Favre, the quarterback position has always been a troubled one for "The Purple." Although the Vikings drafted Christian Ponder with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he is still unproven and has shown weakness in recognizing coverage over the past month. Andrew Luck is smart, quick on his feet, and is the first can't-miss quarterback coming out of the NFL draft since Manning himself.

The tie-breaker to decide which team drafts first is based on opponents' strength of schedule . That is determined by adding up wins and losses for each team during the 2011 season. As you can imagine, that means there is room for change in who will get this pick. Here are the current standings among the three remaining, two-win teams.


Opponents' Strength of Schedule:

Minnesota: 115-81

St. Louis: 111-85 

Indianapolis: 106-90 (after Thursday's win, Indianapolis is at 116-95)

Now, don't get all crazy yet in Indianapolis, it's not a done deal. St. Louis plays two teams with double-digit wins to finish the season. Whereas, Minnesota plays Washington and Chicago. The best thing to do if you want your team to get Luck is root for any team you've already played to lose over the next two weeks.

Vikings fans, that means you want to root against Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit. Rams fans, you want to root against Seattle, Arizona and San Francisco. Colts fans, you hosed yourself this week, so be happy with Manning coming back next year!