Colts GM Ryan Grigson confirms Indianapolis will select Andrew Luck No. 1

When is breaking news not breaking? When the Colts tell everyone they're taking Andrew Luck. (Getty Images)

We've all known that the Colts would select Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and it's been reported that they informed Luck of that, but it wasn't made unofficially official until Tuesday, when general manager Ryan Grigson confirmed the Colts choice.

According to our Colts Rapid Reporter Tom James, Grigson felt it was "the right thing to do" in anticipation of a heavy "media gauntlet" Luck would face over the next few days.

"In fairness to Andrew Luck and in fairness to the whole process of the media gauntlet he is going to be enduring the next couple of days, I thought it was the right thing to do to announce that we are going to take him (No. 1)," Grigson said.

It probably didn't hurt that the Colts would like to see a big turnout for their new franchise quarterback at their official draft party, which James points out is scheduled for Friday evening, at which point Luck will be formally introduced to Colts fans.

But it definitely does make things easier on Luck. Well, kind of: instead of being asked about the possibility of replacing Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, he can know get asked by folks about the actually replacing Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.

That doesn't necessarily make things any easier (though Luck can clearly handle the inquiries), but it does ease the heat on Luck and eliminate any "I'd be honored if it happens" type of clauses that he has to stick in his answers.

"[We] didn't the see the point in prolonging what the world already knows," Grigson said. "It's about Andrew and we wanted to do the right thing by him."

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said, via James, that Luck will take part in the team's rookie minicamp from May 4-6 but will not return to join the team until June 7 due to "obligations" at Stanford and NFL offseason rules.

Obligations in this case is graduation, and once Luck graduates from Stanford on June 7, he'll be able to attend a second rookie mini-camp and then the full team's mini-camp.

The Colts decision technically puts the Redskins on the clock, but with Washington enamored with Robert Griffin III, it effectively means that it's time for Minnesota to get down and dirty with their decision at No. 3.

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