Jim Irsay Says the Number One Pick is Still "Up in the Air"

By J.M. Nicholas

Speaking to the media at this week’s NFL owners meetings, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay seemed to put up a smoke screen concerning the number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. “It’s up in the air. We have to look at this thing completely open-minded. You have two outstanding athletes, two great pure passers, two guys from families that are incredible.”

In classic Colts fashion, Irsay didn’t come right out and say that the Colts were considering quarterback Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck, but he didn’t quite rule it out either. “If we get to the point where we’re going to negotiate early, get something done before the draft, you never rule that out. We’ve talked to both agents. We haven’t negotiated yet.”

Irsay is infamous for saying one thing and meaning another. Several times last season, the Indianapolis Colts owner changed his position again and again on what he would do with Peyton Manning. Irsay flip-flopped from keeping the quarterback, to eventually releasing him earlier this month. It seems that Andrew Luck has been the consensus number one overall pick since even before Indianapolis acquired the top pick in the NFL Draft with a league-worst 2-14 record last season. Even dating back to last year’s NFL Draft, some scouts were calling Andrew Luck the best quarterback draft prospect since Manning.

Now, as we approach the moment of truth, the decision seems to be weighing heavy on the curly head of the Colts owner. The careers of Luck and Griffin will always be tied together in the history of the NFL, as will Irsay’s choice to take one or the other, in favor of cutting a four time NFL MVP.

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