One-On-One: Who should the Colts take with the first pick?

Andrew Luck

There is only one player the Colts should consider taking with the first pick in next week’s NFL draft.

As much potential as Robert Griffin III has to be a great quarterback, it pales in comparison to the ability Andrew Luck has.

We’re talking about the most pro ready quarterback ever.

The moment Luck steps on the field he will be a top 10 quarterback. He is the complete package.

Luck may not have Griffin’s elite speed, but his 40 yard-dash time at the combine was just hundredths of a second slower than Cam Newton’s. Combine Luck’s mobility with his great accuracy, above average arm strength and gym rat mentality he has all the makings of a future hall of famer.

The Colts would be foolish to take anyone but Luck.

I’m not sold on Griffin. I want to see if he can stand in the pocket and make throws under pressure before I jump on the bandwagon.

Guys like Griffin are gifted with so much athletic ability that when their first read breaks down it is instinct to take off and run. In the NFL, that isn’t going to fly. You have to be able to make tough throws from the pocket to succeed.

The decision for the Colts is easy, take Luck and win for the next 10 years.

-Alex Ross

 

Robert Griffin

There seems to already be a consensus No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, in former Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck. It is easy to see why he has been touted as the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning.

Yet should Luck be the only option for the first pick? 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III might say differently.

Many fans may fail to realize that in 2011, Griffin passed for nearly 800 more yards, had a higher completion percentage and passer rating, and threw for the same amount of touchdowns as Luck.

Griffin didn’t just outshine Luck in many passing categories. He also tagged on nearly 700 yards and ten touchdowns on the ground. Griffin has always excelled in the running game and is terrifyingly mobile.

With the combination of an accurate passing game and a constant threat out of the pocket, Griffin should be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Taking all of this into account, the only thing that seems to be holding Griffin back is the inept owner that plans on drafting him No. 2 overall. So, if not for the Colts’ sake, at least for Griffin’s sake he should be drafted No. 1 overall.

-David Israel