There has been a groundswell of support in recent weeks for the Colts to at least consider Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the draft’s No. 1 overall pick. Many of Griffin’s backers point to game tape that is superior to Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck’s.
A perfect eight-of-eight NFL coaches and executives polled Tuesday by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, however, believe Luck should be the pick. Largely because he is “safer.”
“Luck is just a safer pick,” one AFC executive told Cole. “They are both productive, high-quality kids from great families. You can’t go wrong with either one. But if you’re asking me about whom to take, I have to go with Luck, especially if you’re Indianapolis after what they just had with Peyton [Manning] and the awful season they went through.
“Get a guy who you know can play right away. At worst, Luck is going to be a good player who can come in and run the offense from Day One.”
One AFC coach cited Luck’s pro readiness — the fact that he’s played in a pro-style offense whereas Griffin comes from a shotgun spread.
“Just think about it this way,” said the coach. “Griffin just graduated with honors. Luck is in his first year of medical school. That’s what we’re talking about.”
Toward the end of Cole’s story, he does acknowledge that “none” of the eight club officials polled said they’d be shocked if the Colts made Griffin the top pick in the draft.