2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck Means Colts Can Move On From Peyton Manning

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal walks out onto the field against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

SB Nation's 2012 NFL draft is underway with the Colts selecting Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick. The Redskins are on the clock.

With the first pick in SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Stanford QB Andrew Luck.

No surprise here. The Colts have been connected to Luck since about midway through the 2011 NFL season when it became obvious they were going to be the league's worst team. There have been some wondering if the Colts would take Robert Griffin III but all indications are that they'll be picking Luck, the latest can't-miss prospect.

SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, made the pick and breathes a sigh of relief as they can now finally move on from Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning is in Denver, and the Indianapolis Colts can now FINALLY close a chapter on one era and begin writing a new one. Make no mistake, Luck is being drafted to replace Manning, not to simply succeed him. Luck's success will be critical in helping the Colts establish a true connection with the Indianapolis community, a community that some feel views as Manning was bigger the Colts. If Luck doesn't thrive and win over fans, the Colts will become an afterthought in the Hoosier State, just as the Reggie Miller-less Indiana Pacers have become.

For more analysis of the pick, visit Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's Redskins blog, Hogs Haven, is now on the clock.

Andrew Luck 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

For more NFL draft news on the Colts, visit Stampede Blue and SB Nation Indiana. And click here to follow SB Nation's NFL bloggers mock draft.

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