Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III: Who Should The Indianapolis Colts Pick #1?

There’s been virtually no talk about the Colts taking Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck with their number one overall pick.


Is Luck that much more of a sure thing? Is this part of the ‘black quarterback stereotype’?


Andrew Luck is the presumptive #1 pick, but should the Colts take a closer look at RGIII? (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Why Not RGIII At #1?

The experts and pundits have weaved this year’s NFL draft storylines to talk about every scenario except RGIII going as the first pick.

For many people who follow the game, RGIII seems to resemble Michael Vick at this stage of his career.  This is interesting because Griffin is miles further ahead of where Vick was at draft time in regards to maturity and taking his NFL career seriously.

Vick has gone as far as one NFC Championship game and lost potentially his most productive years wasting away in prison.  The athletic comparison bodes well for RGIII, and if he does indeed turn out to be a better player than Vick it should include at least one Super Bowl appearance in his career.

It seems logical to also compare RGIII with Cam Newton, last year’s number one overall pick.  They both have Heismans and have set college records.  They seem able to adapt where others cannot because they’re willing to put the work in.

JaMarcus Russell is an excellent example for how lack of effort and a lack for learning a system can come back to burn and ruin one’s reputation.

As far as Andrew Luck’s comparisons, some have said he looks like a young Tom Brady, which is odd because Brady wasn’t going anywhere in his career according to most draft experts.  Brady was picked in the sixth round at the #199 draft pick. Others have said that Luck’s athleticism makes him more like an Aaron Rodgers-type quarterback.

Luck in many people’s minds is more like PotLuck.  He could end up being like Brady, but he could be just like Ryan Leaf.  It seems unlikely he’ll end up like Leaf because Leaf had emotional issues that prevented him from getting the job done, similar to how things unfolded for Russell.

But, Luck could end up like a Brady Quinn, someone who looks like the total package, but ends up playing mostly bench and second fiddle.  It’s impossible to know for sure, regardless of how all the pundits are guaranteeing Luck as a lock.

The whole Peyton Manning soap opera makes all of this that much more interesting and unpredictable.  But, it shouldn’t be so far out of the question that the Colts consider dumping Manning, passing on Luck and drafting RGIII as their future signal caller.

What do you think?

Who should the Colts draft #1?

  • Andrew Luck (64%, 231 Votes)
  • Robert Griffin III (36%, 128 Votes)

Total Voters: 360

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  1. The Leaf comparisons are comical. You couldn’t create from scratch two more different people/football players. People who knew Leaf say that he was an idiot off the field, didn’t LOVE football and was very immature coming into the league. Luck is the antithesis to all of that. 

    And it’s not a matter of which player is more of a sure thing. It’s about the what is known and unknown. At worst, you have a Matt Ryan type of QB in Luck. I personally think he’ll be much better than Ryan and all of Luck’s stats and combine numbers would suggest so. But if Luck turns out to be what most experts think he will, you have a Peyton Manning type QB who is much more athletic and can get outside the pocket and scramble if need be.

    With RG3, there is more unknown. His upside is certainly higher. No one is debating that. But he could get hurt or he could possibly have a harder time adjusting to an NFL system.

    I think they’ll both be very good NFL QB’s, but Luck is the clear #1 pick because there is less risk with almost as much upside.

  2. Andreaallennyc says:

    It really seems as though Alperin knows nothing about Luck but the stats. That’s probably not true, but he seems to not know anything about his personality, leadership, work ethic, ability to run the offense, he fine touches to his passing, his athleticism, his toughness, the kind of offense Stanford plays, the pressure ampnd scrutiny he was under due to all the hupla about him, etc. there are no guarantees, but the lack of sophistication in this analysis is mind boggling.

    RGIII is an incredible athlete. It will be interesting to see how he responds to the complexity of pro football and, even more to the pressure. He does well when he’s being adored … Not sure he’ll hold up under scrutiny and criticism. Hope he does, but he’s been graceless in many earlier interviews (seemed to be on good behavior at the combine) which makes me not as confident about his emotional maturity.

  3. I’m not sure why a comparison to Michael Vick or Cam Newton is better than a comparison to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.

    What is the upside in comparing a player to someone who hasn’t accomplished anything of significance?

  4. Lctobrn says:

    When you compare RG3’s stats with Luck’s, there is no comparison. RG3’s stats are better. As for being graceless, how many times has Luck sounded annoyed and obnoxious when somoeone asks him about the possibility of playing behind Peyton Manning? Luck doesn’t have the personality to ignite a fan base, either. Let’s face it, regardless of his talent, he just doesn’t generate the excitement that RG3 does. And I am sick of everyone comparing RG3 with Vick. There is no comparison between RG3’s numbers and Vick’s in college — RG3 wins hands down. RG3 has never been convicted of a crime or spent any time in prison. He is a much more accurate passer than Vick and no one in college football, including Luck, throws a better deep ball. My only hope that is that both RG3 and Kendall Wright go to the same team — and that it’s not the pathetic Cleveland Browns.

    • annoyed? he answers the question with respect and humility…he’s called Peyton his hero multiple times. what do you want from the kid? his job isn’t to ignite a fan base. his job isn’t to generate excitement. he’s not a cheerleader. his job is to quarterback and lead his team every Sunday and he’ll do exactly that. Yes, Luck will never be mistaken for Mr. Personality RG3, but he’s not afraid of the spotlight. his personality is a lot like Eli. and like Eli, he’ll be a winner. 

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