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Andrew Luck is set to become the number one overall draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Indianapolis Colts are hoping Luck can step in and fill the void left when the cut Peyton Manning, the future hall of fame quarterback they drafted number one overall 15 years ago. So how does Andrew Luck stack up against other elite quarterbacks at this point in their careers?

Success at the college level certainly isn’t any guarantee of success at the professional level, but it’s easy to see why many in the Colts organization are so excited about drafting Luck.  When you compare Luck’s success in college to those like Dan Marino, Tom Brady, and even Peyton Manning you see he is worthy of the top pick.

So Why are Some Questioning the Pick?

That has to do with many factors.  Robert Griffin III happens to have similar numbers and happens to be in this draft.  Another reason is how valuable the top pick in the NFL Draft is.  Top picks can fetch a boat load of trade value.  These type of trades can change franchises overnight.  All you have to do is ask Jimmy Johnson about his Herschel Walker draft day trade.  Many football insiders believe that one trade changed the Cowboys franchise and created one of the greatest football Dynasty’s of all-time.  The Colts are sure to get some tantalizing offers from other teams on draft day.

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Alan Karpuch

Owner of GMA Grading Inc. Over 20 years experience in the sports card industry.

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