WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Publicly, the Indianapolis Colts are saying they haven’t made up their mind about whether to select Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III with the first overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft.
Behind closed doors, however, it appears it’s a different story with an ending that was written some time ago.
Bob Kravitz, a columnist who cover the Colts for the Indianapolis Star, says it’s a lock that Luck will become Peyton Manning’s successor.
His position was only cemented when it was recently revealed Griffin turned down the team’s request for a private workout.
“I don’t think it changes anything, because I don’t think anything has changed since they were 0-13 and got the pole position to get Andrew Luck,” Kravitz told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes. “They’ve been married to Andrew Luck. This is like LeBron (James) going to the Cavs. Everybody knew when he came out of college that he was going to Cleveland with the first pick.”
Kravitz’s position can only serve to ease the tension of the hundreds of Washington Redskins fans who paid $100 for RGIII’s autograph last weekend in Chantilly.
Griffin’s decision not to partake in the workout offer should not be viewed as an indictment on his character or insinuate he wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to play for the Colts. He simply has declined all invitations for private workouts.
“If there was any minuscule chance that he had at going No. 1, yeah, maybe he lost that,” Kravitz conceded. “But this has been a done deal for a long time. It will be Andrew Luck, I can guarantee you.”
Kravitz added the Colts were likely just doing their due diligence in wanting to get a closer look at Griffin, citing the 1998 debate over Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning.
Still, was it a mistake for the Heisman winner to decline the invitation?
Kravitz thinks so.
“I think that if Robert Griffin is serious about believing that he’s worthy of a No. 1 pick, what do you have to lose,” he pondered. “Let’s say you blow their doors off, now maybe you put some doubt in their mind. . . Having said that, I don’t think it’s going to change anything one way of the other.”
Kravitz also genuinely feels Luck is the better of the two quarterbacks with a bigger upside. Perhaps the debate will be settled when the Redskins and Colts meet in Week 3 of the preseason.