GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal encourages his teammates against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Super Bowl XLVI is in the books, and we now have a full and complete draft order for the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber has posted his first post-Super Bowl mock, and it should come as no surprise that he has selected Trent Richardson, RB from Alabama, with the No. 1 overall pick.
Ha! I kid. I kid. He took Luck. Of course he took Luck.
1. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Unless you've been living in a Tebow-induced state of semi-rapture, you know the ugly dance going on between the Colts and Peyton Manning. He's leaving town next month, iffy neck and all. Lost in ridiculous cable shouting matches is the fact that the Colts have a new regime. New regimes mean new quarterbacks, especially when the incumbent quarterback is in his mid thirties, coming off major neck surgery and due a gazillion dollars. At the end of the day, the NFL is just a business. Peyton Manning is just another redundancy on the ledger sheet.
After Luck, it gets interesting,especially for teams looking to trade up and get Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
3. Seattle Seahawks, Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (Projected trade: from Vikings)
This is not necessarily a prediction; I'm just exploring the possibility. With Washington and Miami finding solutions elsewhere, and Cleveland waffling on trading their picks, the next best fit for RGIII would be the Seahawks. Minnesota would be more than willing to trade down. Seattle is a good landing spot for Griffin with a pretty good roster to make the transition easier for a rookie quarterback. Hell, he could even sit for a while behind Tarvaris Jackson.
As for the Colts, nose tackle and corner are priorities in this year's draft. The team is looking to switch to a 3-4 under new head coach Chuck Pagano. Walter Football has Indy going tight end in Round Two, snagging one of Luck's favorite targets at Stanford:
Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
There's a good chance Dallas Clark's days in Indianapolis are over. He's due $4.53 million in 2012, and if Peyton Manning isn't retained, there's a good chance the Colts may opt not to bring him back either.
If Clark is let go, Indianapolis will definitely consider the talented and rising Coby Fleener as a replacement. As I wrote earlier, teams that draft quarterbacks early often spend another pick to complement their new franchise signal-caller. Why not give Andrew Luck a familiar weapon to work with?
With Donatri Poe of Memphis still on Walt's board, I highly doubt Indy passes him up for a tight end. Should the Colts walk out of the 2012 NFL Draft with Luck and Poe, I'm doing backflips.