The Indianapolis Colts have their new quarterback of the future. Andrew Luck has now officially been chosen with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The draft began and shortly thereafter the pick was in. Luck was the man all along and now fans know with all certainty that he is their quarterback.
In many ways this night represented a changing of the guard. Seeing Luck hold up the number 12 Colt jersey and put on the Indianapolis hat proved that the new era has officially begun. As a fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Hearing Luck speak about the opportunity shows that this kid was the perfect person for the job. Luck seems to understand the team and the situation he is coming in to. Indianapolis had the worst record in the NFL in 2011 but just became significantly better with the addition of their new franchise quarterback.
I personally think Luck will not have growing pains the way many others do. He has a decent offensive line with new additions to it, two very good receivers, and running backs that showed promise last season. Adding a quarterback of Luck’s talent will provide a major boost towards the rebuilding project. This team just got much better last night with the selection of Andrew Luck. I can’t remember being more excited about a draft choice in a long time.
I’ve said all along that I think this kid is going to be a very good quarterback and has the potential to be one of the best in the game. Luck brings excitement back to a fan base that lost a lot of hope just weeks ago. I think he’ll reinvigorate everyone into believing in the future and buying into the team moving forward. This kid brings excitement and a sense of newness along with him. With nine picks remaining, I only hope that Ryan Grigson and the team can surround him with the weapons necessary to allow him to succeed.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He runs a blog about the team at . Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.
With the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford University. These are the words Roger Goodell will announce when the NFL draft begins on Thursday April 26. While the selection of Luck has been suspected for a long time, the team made it official when general manager Ryan Grigson on April 24.
I’m glad that the announcement was finally made by the Colts‘ organization. Fans have speculated and assumed that Luck would be the pick for most of the offseason. News outlets then began reporting that Luck would be the pick and he was informed of the news last week.
It’s nice for once to not enter the draft with the suspicion of what player may fall and what player may be selected when my favorite team is on the clock. There is still plenty of suspense throughout the draft for Colt fans with nine very important picks remaining. This pick, the first overall, was too important for the franchise to have any doubt. They need a quarterback to become the new face of the franchise and they need to begin selling their quarterback to the fan base as soon as possible. I think announcing Luck as the pick was the right move as well.
It will remain to be seen whether the team made the right selection. I’ve been a big fan of Andrew Luck ever since the hype began during the 2010 season. I think there is no doubt that the team made the right pick though. Luck has all the tools to be the next franchise quarterback in Indianapolis. Fans can only hope that he develops into the player many have made him up to be. The team and the city should embrace Andrew Luck and realize how lucky they are to have such a great player joining the team. I know I’m excited that the official announcement was made and can’t wait to see Andrew Luck play for the Colts.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.
As Peyton Manning gears up for the next phase of his career with the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts fans that he left behind are still licking our wounds in the wake of a disastrous 2011 season. I’ll admit that it’s really hard to keep from reading the various accounts of Manning’s progress in the Mile High City and being a bit envious when I hear that his arm strength looks to be improving all the time. Luckily for me and the rest of the Horseshoe faithful, the NFL draft is just around the corner, and that means that the next franchise quarterback should be under the Colts’ roof within the next month. Owner Jim Irsay and the rest of the Colts brass apparently got a little taste of that future when presumed first pick, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, in Indianapolis on April 10. The stop in Indy was to be followed by a visit with the Washington Redskins later on Tuesday, in what I think amounts to the ultimate tease. Maybe Luck can hand-deliver a Colts hat to `Skins owner Daniel Snyder.
Although Irsay continues to spew the company line about not having decided on their pick yet, it’s pretty obvious that Luck is the man around whom the Colts plan to rebuild. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is the only guy who could possibly unseat Luck at the top of the draft board, will not visit the Colts. Similarly, Luck worked out for the Colts last week, while Griffin did not. Heck, even Irsay cracked a virtual grin over the weekend as he tried to continue his little fib. Among his many recent tweets, Irsay slipped in the revelation that the draft evaluation process is “#12,” Luck’s jersey number.
So, Indy fans, try to enjoy the intrigue while it lasts. When commissioner Roger Goodell ambles to the microphone on to announce the Colts’ pick, there will be no disappointments, and no flashy endings. The good news for us is that the end of the “mystery” should spell the beginning of a promising future with Andrew Luck at the helm of the Indianapolis offense. He may never be Peyton Manning, because there is only one of those, but the Luck show sure will be fun to watch.
Adam Hughes was raised, and still lives, in rural Indiana. He has been a Colts fans since the team arrived in Indianapolis on a snowy morning in 1984. The Blue and White eventually replaced the Chicago Bears as his #1 team, and Super Bowl XLI was a dream come true.