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Colts Tell Luck He’ll Be First Pick in NFL Draft, ESPN Reports

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Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinals. Photographer: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- Quarterback Andrew Luck has been told by the Indianapolis Colts that he’ll be the first player selected in the National Football League draft, ESPN reported.

It’s unclear when Luck, who led Stanford University to an 11-2 record last season, was told of the team’s decision. The Colts settled on taking Luck over Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III weeks ago, ESPN said, citing an unidentified NFL official.

The Colts cut quarterback Peyton Manning in March rather than pay the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player a $28 million bonus after missing the entire 2011 season following neck surgery.

Luck returned to Stanford last season even though he was projected as the top draft pick. He completed 71.3 percent of his passes for the Cardinal during the 2011 campaign, throwing for 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The Colts went 2-14 last season to get the top pick in the draft, which runs April 26-28. It’s their first time holding that draft position since selecting Manning No. 1 in 1998.

The Washington Redskins will select Griffin No. 2, ESPN said, citing unidentified league sources.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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