|Irsay says the Colts haven't made their pick at No. 1 yet. (US Presswire)|
It's widely presumed that the Colts will take Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in April's draft. However, nothing is set in stone in the NFL, and Jim Irsay, speaking at the NFL owners' meetings, was noncommittal on who Indy would take with the first pick.
Apparently, Robert Griffin III is also still in play. Irsay told our friend Dan Graziano of ESPN's NFC East blog that the Colts are "still in the evaluation process" when it came to which quarterback they would take at No. 1.
"If we decided to do a deal early with one of them, that's something we could definitely look into," Irsay said. "But we're still in the evaluation process right now."
Irsay also said that he thinks RG3 and Luck are "both outstanding young men" and that he thinks "they're both going to be great." Irsay isn't the only conflicted party involved in these evaluations. Greg Cosell of NFL Films, one of the premiere film analysts in the NFL today, recently broke Luck and Griffin and came away from the analysis believing that Griffin is "a superior arm talent and natural passer."
"Luck was not a special passer based on film study," Cosell wrote. "He is not the same kind of arm talent as Matthew Stafford or Cam Newton."
Cosell also notes that when Peyton Manning came out of Tennessee, most folks wouldn't have touted his arm strength either, so that's not entirely an indictment of Luck as a future franchise passer. Griffin, on the other hand, really stood out to Cosell in terms of his arm strength.
"Griffin, for a power thrower, was consistently accurate. The better term for accuracy is ball location," Cosell wrote. "That's what allows receivers to run after the catch. Griffin excelled in that area, and just as important, he threw with touch on the shorter crossing routes."
Additionally, Cosell praised Griffin's ability to throw in a "muddled" (read: collapsed, dirty, etc) pocket. That's likely a surprise for many who would prefer to stereotype Griffin as a "run-first quarterback." In fact, Cosell wrote that while studying film, it was Luck who tended to "move too quickly, to leave the pocket too early."
There's no telling if the Colts will be swayed by any of these factors. Perhaps they've already made up their minds. Or perhaps, like many people, they're re-thinking the rankings of the various quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft, and Irsay isn't fudging the truth at all.