that hates Andrew Luck? OMG, scream, argue, shout all you want. Hold onto your panties. I don't hate Andrew Luck as a player. In fact, I love watching the Stanford Cardinals, it's a powerhouse team and having Andrew Luck at the gun makes the team so much more dangerous. There's a 99% that Andrew Luck will be a Drew Brees/Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady-like-QB once he get into the NFL.
What I hate is this "Suck for Luck" campaign. Real fans don't want their team to "Suck for Luck". I'm a real fan. I'm still hoping that Painter can lead the Colts 10 consecutive victories and finish 10-6. Am I stupid? Well, that's for you to decide. Do I really think Colts can finish 10-6? Not a chance, not even if Colts had Manning and Harrison right now. My point is that I want the Colts to win every game possible. Yea if the Colts finish 4-12, they're in a worse situation than if they are 0-16. But at least, they didn't "Suck for Luck". Look at what Mathis and Reggie Wayne said. The Colts players are out there to win, so are the coaches whether you like them or not. While their busting their asses and what not, fans are asking for Andrew Luck. Are we really that spoiled? 1 bad season and we're chanting for the next primetime QB? Really?
What I hate is the notion that Andrew Luck will be the next Peyton Manning. I've said this many times, but NOTHING IS FOR SURE. They are prospects for a reason. Prospect: a person regarded to likely succeed. Likely, meaning not 100%. I can bet you that when San Diego traded their 1st round, 2nd round, 1999's 1st round pick, and Eric Metcalfe, Ryan Leaf was thought of as the next top tier QB. I bet you that Oakland would've not drafted JaMarcus Russell if they saw nothing in him. The point is that you always see something in a player to draft them, but because nothing is for sure, you can either bust like Ryan Leaf or become the GOAT like Manning, just a 1 pick difference. Hell, look at the flip side, look at all the great undrafted QB: Jake Delhomme, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, Warren Moon, Kurt Warner. Take into perspective these are undrafted QBs, not 1st and 2nd rounders. Point is, Andrew Luck may not what you want him to be once he does enter the NFL.
Lets suppose Colts finish below the Dolphins and Rams and Colts get the #1 draft pick. Colts take Andrew Luck. What do you do now? How does that make Peyton Manning feel? I can understand if Peyton Manning is 39 years old and has 1 or 2 years left in his contract and you would obviously take Luck. But do you have Andrew Luck sitting behind Manning for 4 freaking seasons? That's not fair for Andrew Luck or the NFL. He shouldn't have to sit that long and the NFL should be able to watch him play. Do you just cut Manning after 2 seasons? Do you trade Manning? How do you disrespect the GOAT. I can bet you that if the Rams get the #1 pick, they would not take Luck. They would draft Matt Kalil, Jonathan Martin, Justin Blackmon, or Alshon Jeffery knowing that they already have a star QB in Sam Bradford.
Which is what the Colts should do. Anthony Castonzo, while a good OT, he's not good enough to play LT consistently. (Edit: I did not mean cut o trade Castonzo, I mean move him to RT where his job would be easier while having Kalil or Martin at LT, Ijalana at LG/RG) Kalil and Martin would be much more dependable. Blackmon or Jeffery can replace the aging Reggie Wayne. Or what I think would be best for the Colts, trade down to Miami. They need a QB more than any team. Chad Henne did have a good start, but being IRed, he's not a starting QB. Trade down to Miami, take their 1st, 2nd, and Brandon Marshall, at the point, the Colts can draft Kalil or Martin while having a quality WR. Colts would also have more draft picks to work with. Is it likely the Colts will finish below the Dolphins? I doubt it. Unless Matt Moore can somehow pull off some wins, which I think is almost as unlikely than JaMarcus Russell returning and going to a Pro Bowl.
And finally, to the main point/summary of this whole write-up. I'm not dissing Andrew Luck or anyone who thinks that Luck should be drafted 1st overall. I like Luck. I just don't like the idea of the Colts drafting Luck. It makes little sense to me unless Manning calls it quits in the next year or so. It makes so much more sense to trade down to Miami and grab some major talent. There will be other 1st round QBs to come by in the future that can sit behind Manning and learn. My example: Aaron Rodgers, 2005 1st round pick, 25 overall. Sat behind Favre for 3 seasons, took the reigns from him, ran away with it and never looked back. And this is what the Colts should do. No Luck for the Colts.
(Edit: Again, I want to point out, I'm not hating on anyone who feels the Colts should draft Luck. I understand the reasoning, I just don't agree, which is why I have alternatives, sorry if I offended anyone. This is my first fan post and I rushed it a little bit)
What should the Colts do IF they get the 1st overall pick?
Pick Andrew Luck (68 votes)
Pick Kalil, Martin, Blackmon, or Jeffery (14 votes)
Try and trade down to Miami for 1st, 2nd, 3rd round picks, and Brandon Marshall (82 votes)
Other (and please explain) (4 votes)
168 total votes