By Eliott Howes
The Indianapolis Colts have informed Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck that he will be the number one overall draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, multiple outlets reported Thursday.
The news was originally reported by ESPN, but now The Los Angeles Times have also confirmed the news.
The rookie pool numbers won’t be known until after the draft, so allocating the exact contract figures and negotiating a contract would be “quite difficult”, a source who would be involved in the process told NFL reporter, Jason La Canfora.
While the two sides have a pretty good idea of what Luck will earn, given the realities of the rookie scale, actually finalizing a contract without knowledge of the entire scope of the rookie pool to sign all of the team’s picks is unlikely, according to the source.
The Colts brought Luck to Indianapolis earlier this month for a private workout, something they did not do with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was the only prospect with a realistic challenge to be the number one overall pick in the draft.
Andrew Luck threw for 3,517 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in leading Stanford to a trip to the Fiesta Bowl last season. He came runner-up to Robert Griffin III for the Heisman Trophy in early december, which is awarded annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football.