Colts Set Sights on Andrew Luck as No. 1 in NFL Draft
NFL 2012 Draft
The Colts could be bringing in Peyton Manning's successor in Indianapolis after it was reported that the team plans to take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 draft pick.
Colts owner Jim Irsay wants a "quarterback for the next 12 to 15 years," ESPN.com reported.
With the health of Manning still up in the air coupled with the rave reviews of Luck and his NFL potentials, the planned move is widely considered practical and perfect for the team.
Luck is widely viewed as the perfect NFL quarterback prospect and most draft experts concur that if anyone can come close to the level of Football IQ that Manning has showed at Tennessee, it is Luck.
Stanford's star signal-caller is mechanically sound and has an excellent size at 6-4, 235 pounds for a quarterback. He has shown that he can thrive under center or in the shotgun.
He can make just about every throw on the field with such ease, has superb field-vision and is excellent in leading his receivers where he wants to put the ball.
But all these attributes coupled with all his intangibles can be only be harnessed depending on the move by the Colts.
Irsay reportedly indicated that he will never trade Manning, and his future with the team will depend on where his health is in March.
Manning is hoping to return next season from multiple neck surgeries.
If healthy enough, Manning is likely to start from Week 1 while the 22-year-old Luck could learn about being an NFL quarterback from the future Hall of Famer.
Meanwhile, Colts owner Irsay had a Twitter debate with media Sunday.
Among the issues in the somewhat heated exchange involved a report that the Colts and Manning have discussed moving a deadline for the team to pay their star quarterback an option bonus, which Irsay refuted.
That bonus will activate the final four years of Manning's contract and prevent the 35-year-old veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
On the other hand, the Steelers failed to break a tie with the Dallas Cowboys (33 wins) for the most playoff victory in the history of the NFL.
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