Just about everyone on the planet is assuming the Indianapolis Colts will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the NFL. One of the few not in that camp yet is Luck himself. He says he’s had talks with the Colts’ head coach and offensive coordinator, but they haven’t yet told him that they’re going to pick him.
With the slim possibility still out there that they go a different direction, Luck has met with the Washington Redskins as well. The Redskins made the huge trade to move up to the No. 2 spot and Luck says discussions there went well, too. At the end of the day, however, let’s all realize that those meetings were probably just a giant waste of time.
Andrew Luck joined The Dan Patrick Show to discuss throwing at his pro day, meeting with the Washington Redskins, his thoughts on probably being drafted by Indianapolis, if he’s started negotiations, discussions with the Colts, if he’d rather they just say that they were taking him already, what it would be like if Tim Tebow was his backup and being compared to Robert Griffin III.
You threw your final pass at your pro day like 70 yards into the wind. Was that just showing off?:
“That was per request by a couple scouts. I decided why not?” How far do you think you’d throw it on a non-windy day?: “Probably around 70 yards or so.”
On his meeting with the Washington Redskins:
“We sat around and talked for a while and it was very interesting, very productive. … They sort of talked about the franchise and I talked a lot about myself. We had a good conversation.”
But you’re almost certainly going to Indianapolis aren’t you?:
“I hope so, but that’s the decision they have to make and we’ll see what they do.”
Have you started negotiations yet?:
“I have not.”
What have your interactions with the Colts been like?:
“I’ve been in contact with them. I’ve talked to Coach Pagano, I’ve talked to Coach Christensen. But, you know, they haven’t come out and said [they're picking me]. I understand they’ve got their work to do; they’ve got their due diligence to go about. If it works out, great. If it doesn’t, great as well.”
Don’t you just want them to come out and say they love you and they’re taking you?:
“Maybe that’d be nice, but such is life. I’m not complaining. I feel like I’m in a very fortunate situation. I have a great opportunity ahead of me and they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do.”
How would you feel if Tim Tebow was your backup?;
“I think that would be a good situation. From all I’ve heard, he’s a great guy, good football player. A chance to compete with him would be great.”
Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were always measured against each other. Do you feel like it could be the same way with you and Robert Griffin III?:
“I think with the nature of the media today, that you’re always going to be compared to your contemporaries, your peers. Robert and I and some other quarterbacks will be contemporaries. I’m sure it’ll be a classic comparison between the two, but in my mind that’s driven almost 100 percent by the media. I’ve gotten to know Robert pretty well. I’m a big fan of his, will probably always be a big fan unless we’re playing each other head-to-head. He’s a great guy and I’m sure we’ll be compared throughout our careers.”
Listen to Andrew Luck on The Dan Patrick Show here (Interview begins at 13:20)