Luck couldn't have chosen a tougher act to follow, but many believe he is the most NFL-ready passer to enter the league since Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998. All Manning did was win an unprecedented four MVP awards and a Super Bowl for Indy.
Luck left the stage and slapped hands with some fans in Colts shirts and headed to the interview room.
To get Griffin, Washington dealt a second-round pick this year and its first-rounders in 2013 and `14 to St. Louis to move up four spots.
Less than an hour before Goodell began the draft, Cleveland and Minnesota pulled off another trade. The Browns moved up just one spot, from fourth to third, to ensure getting running back Trent Richardson of national champion Alabama. Minnesota received picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds and still was in position to get one of the elite prospects in this draft.
Elway now runs the Broncos and recently signed Manning as a free agent after Manning missed all of last season following neck surgery.
In Manning's place now will be Luck, not a bad way to begin a rebuilding project.