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QBs Luck and Griffin at top of draft
NEW YORK (AP) - How appropriate for a quarterback-driven league that the top two picks on Thursday night will be passers expected to turn around franchises.
Only one other quarterback is likely to go in the first round, when NFL teams will devour space-eating defensive linemen, pass rushers and wide receivers.
The league’s offseason Super Bowl runs for three days at Radio City Music Hall. Here’s how the first round might go.
1. INDIANAPOLIS (2-14)
Such Luck, as in Andrew Luck. After 13 seasons of trying to deal with Peyton Manning in a Colts uniform, AFC opponents must face the most NFL-ready quarterback since Manning. Owner Jim Irsay couldn’t have chosen a better time _ once it was clear Manning wasn’t welcomed back _ for rebuilding the franchise from top to bottom. If he’s fortunate, Irsay won’t have to think about the position for another dozen or so years.
ANDREW LUCK, QB, STANFORD.
2. WASHINGTON (5-11, from St. Louis)
ROBERT GRIFFIN III, QB, BAYLOR.
3. MINNESOTA (3-13)
After two seasons of free fall, the Vikings can’t afford to miss on this pick. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices for their many needs. The most reliable is …
MATT KALIL, OT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
4. CLEVELAND (4-12)
No shortage of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. After toying with selecting a quarterback, the Browns do the wise thing and take someone to help their incumbent QB, Colt McCoy, make plays.
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