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April 19, 2012

Colts know, but won't say who No. 1 pick will be

INDIANAPOLIS — With the first round of the NFL draft just a week away, Indianapolis Colts first-year general manager Ryan Grigson admitted Wednesday that team officials know who they are going to select with the No. 1 overall pick.

Grigson, though, is going to wait until next Thursday night before making the decision public. That’s when the NFL Draft officially gets underway at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

“We’ve exhausted the process. We’ve pretty much made up our minds and we’re going to go from there. We feel good about it and we’ll go from there,” Grigson said Wednesday during a draft preview press conference.

“It’s been a little while. We’ve known for a little while. We’ve done all of our due-diligence. [Barring] any unforeseen problem we’re pretty sure what direction we want to go. Barring any unforeseen event, we know what we’re doing.”

If pre-draft scuttlebutt and conjecture are to be believed, the Colts are expected to announce the name of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as the first overall pick in the draft.

Luck and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III are thought to be the top two college players available this year ahead of Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Griffin won the Heisman Trophy at the conclusion of the 2011 NCAA season and was impressive at February’s National Football Scouting Combine. But Luck has been projected by many NFL observers to be the best prospect at his position to come out of the college ranks in nearly 30 years.

“I don’t want to get into specifics about them [Griffin and Luck]. Like I said before, both of those guys have tremendous intangibles and their skill sets are outstanding that I don’t see how either of them are not successful in this league,” Grigson said.

He added that whichever direction the Colts go with their first pick, he doesn’t expect the team to try and have a contract worked out before the draft process actually starts.

“We’ve kicked that around. I don’t know what the true advantage is at this point to go early. We’ll see. We’re focused right now on picking the guys. That stuff will take care of itself,” Grigson stressed.

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