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Griffin says he, not Luck, should be Colts' pick in NFL draft

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Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III knows there are people who presume Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. But Griffin is hoping to surprise them by holding up a blue-and-white Colts jersey as their top choice this April.

"Hopefully I'll end up (in Indianapolis) via the draft, but I have no control over that," Griffin said in a Sports Illustrated interview on Friday. "All I can control is what I say and what I do, and I plan on saying the right things and just being myself, and doing everything I possibly can to show everyone I am the best."

Griffin was told that Colts owner Jim Irsay has mentioned the team will choose either Griffin or Luck.

"That's huge," Griffin said. "It's every kid's dream. Every kid wants to be the first pick in the draft. I wouldn't say no to it. I'm glad he at least put me in that conversation and hasn't already made it a foregone conclusion that he's going with Andrew, like a lot of people have."

On Thursday, Luck told NFL Network's Rich Eisen that he'd also like to be selected by the Colts.

The Colts will soon have to decide whether or not to release quarterback Peyton Manning, who is attempting to come back from his third neck surgery after missing the 2011 season.

"I've met Peyton, and I told him if I get the honor to play with him, I'd love it," Griffin said. "I hope he gets to play as long as he wants to, wherever he wants to."

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