Colts now leaning toward Griffin over Luck?
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said that the number one overall pick in the upcoming draft may not be used on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, but rather on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“It’s up in the air,” Irsay told USA Today. “We have to look at this thing completely open-minded. You have two outstanding athletes, two great pure passers, two guys from families that are incredible.”
Irsay then added that the Colts have had preliminary conversations with both agents. Since the Colts have the first overall pick they can agree to terms with their draft selection before the actual draft, although Irsay says that negotiations with either of the quarterbacks haven’t happened yet.
Griffin’s draft day stock has been rising as more and more analysts break down his quarterback mechanics. Greg Cosell, an NFL Network analyst, is considered to be one of the best talent scout’s in pro football. He broke down five games from both quarterbacks on NFL Films and determined that Griffin may be the better draft choice.
Cosell stated that Luck was excellent at throwing timed routes and possessed a high football intelligence. He saw Griffin as a powerful deep thrower and an accurate passer on the run. In the end, Cosell gave Griffin the edge, saying, “Griffin is a superior arm talent and natural passer than Luck.”
On the surface, Luck matches the Colts’ old style of offense with adjustments at the line of scrimmage, and short to intermediate passing, while Griffin fits better with the play action offensive attack of the Washington Redskins who hold the second overall pick.
Irsay has shown that he is willing to make the unexpected move, however, and that could continue with Griffin being announced as the first pick in the 2012 draft on April 26.