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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts A Near-Lock

This isn't going to be one of those 2012 NFL Mock Drafts. I don't want to make things too obvious throughout, but I'm not going to pretend that there's any plausible reason to suggest that the Indianapolis Colts might take Robert Griffin III—late of the St. Louis Rams, kind of—instead of Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. You don't dump Peyton Manning to take a quarterback. You dump Peyton Manning to take the quarterback.

And Andrew Luck, whatever happens, is the quarterback prospect. He's got Sam Bradford's intangibles, he can outjump Cam Newton, he went to Stanford—after being forecast No. 1 already in 2011—and he's got perfect physical tools. RG3 is a great quarterback prospect, but there's a reason the Rams were able to trade him away without a second thought: He's not a transcendent quarterback prospect. Luck, through two years of increasingly heavy scouting, has been that guy.

SB Nation St. Louis's 2012 NFL Mock Draft will go from 1 to 32 in the days leading up the real draft. You can follow along at our draft storystream, or read more mock draft recaps in our mock draft analysis storystream.

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SB Nation St. Louis 2012 NFL Mock Draft
No. 2 overall, Washington Redskins (from Rams)