Does Andrew Luck's arrival make Colts better in 2012?


253 draft picks selected over the weekend transformed NFL rosters in a matter of days. Around the League will take a look at the aftershocks by asking one post-draft burning question for all 32 teams.

Will Andrew Luck make an immediate difference for the Colts?

Draft fallout

Around the League examines the aftershocks of the 2012 NFL Draft with one burning question for each team:

AFC East
Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North
Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South
Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West
Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East
Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins
NFC North
Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South
Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West
49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks

Here's what we know right now: The Colts will be better at quarterback next season, Andrew Luck's learning curve be damned. Curtis Painter isn't walking through that door. Neither is Dan Orlovsky. Kerry Collins? Seriously, can somebody check on Kerry Collins?

The Colts drafted Luck with the first overall pick, then gave him what they hope is a Gronk/Hernandez 1-2 punch in tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. General manager Ryan Grigson inherited a roster riddled with holes and chose to use the draft to rebuild the offense.

The defense still stinks, however, and the transition to the 3-4 will only build the challenge for new coach Chuck Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

So where does this leave Luck? If he adjusts to the pro game as quickly as many suspect he will, it means all the rookie passing records Cam Newton set last season are in imminent danger. The Colts appear destined to surrender plenty of points, and it will be Luck's job to chuck it over four months of comeback attempts.

And when you ask a rookie to chuck it, bad things happen. The best-case scenario is that Luck really is the next Peyton Manning, right? Well, in Peyton's rookie year in 1998, he threw for 3,700 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Colts also went 3-13.

Rome wasn't built in a day. These Colts won't be either.