Andrew Luck is the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft

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We’ve known he was likely to go first overall since September, we’ve known that the Colts were likely to take him for months and we’ve known they were going to take him for days. And now, Andrew Luck is officially the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Luck walks into a Colts team that is basically starting over from the long Peyton Manning era. Luck is one of the most coveted quarterback prospects to hit the draft since Manning left Tennessee and has almost universally been called ready to start right now. It was a tough 2011 for a Colts franchise that is little more than a month away from saying goodbye to Manning, but Luck’s arrival means that the rebuilding has begun in Indianapolis.

Luck’s Stanford career finished with 23 wins and two BCS bowl bids in the last two years, which helped make him the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to two other players — Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson — who will likely follow him to the podium in the next few minutes. There’s a good chance he would have been the first pick in the NFL Draft if he came out of school for the 2011 Draft, all of which is a roundabout way of saying the Colts got themselves a guy that we’ve been waiting to see in the league for a long time.

There’s a new coaching staff, a new front office, a new defense and the need for a lot of new players in Indianapolis. They’ve got their new franchise quarterback, though.