The Indianapolis Colts have informed Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck that he’s the No. 1 pick in next week’s draft, The Times has confirmed.
The news was first reported Thursday morning by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
That means Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is in line to go second to the Washington Redskins.
Although that 1-2 lineup has been forecast for months, there had been increasing speculation in recent weeks that the Colts were flirting with the idea of taking Griffin.
On Wednesday, Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said at a pre-draft news conference that the franchise had made its decision, without specifying the player.
“We’ve exhausted the process, pretty much made up our mind,” Grigson said. “We’re going to go from there. We feel good about it and we’ll go from there.”
Grigson said the Colts have known who their pick will be “for a little while.”
“We’ve done all of our due diligence,” he said. “[Barring] any unforeseen problem we’re pretty sure what direction we want to go. Barring any unforeseen event, we know what we’re doing.”