On the same day that the Colts threw the first overall pick into doubt by somehow beating the Texans, USC quarterback Matt Barkley made it known that he won’t be any option with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Or with any of the other 250-plus selections.
But Barkley’s decision to stay in school has a significant impact on the process. He makes the pick that presumably will be used on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck even more valuable, because a team drafting in the top 10 that needs a quarterback will now have one fewer option.
Then there’s the potential impact on the decision of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. If he comes out, he could be drafted even higher if quarterback-desperate teams get into leap-frog mode at the top of round one.
Either way, the first overall pick necessarily became more valuable — and its destination became more murky — all on the same day.
The rights to Luck now can go to the Colts, Vikings, or Rams. And whoever gets it will have to weigh picking Luck against the haul of players and picks that could be obtained for the No. 1 overall selection via trade.