Indianapolis Colts 2012 NFL Draft preview: Andrew Luck, then what?

New Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson made official Tuesday what we all pretty much knew back in January: the franchise will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in today’s NFL Draft.

Luck is billed as the most pro-ready quarterback prospect to enter the league since Peyton Manning, the man he’s succeeding in Indianapolis. Some would go even further back and call Luck the surest thing since fellow Stanford great John Elway.

While I personally think such opinions are a bit overkill, I do think very highly of Luck, and I believe he can be the Colts’ next franchise signal-caller for many years to come. Given the recent organizational overhaul in Indy, however, quarterback is far from this team’s only thin spot. The Colts could use talent upgrades everywhere.

The fun, analytically speaking, starts with the No. 34 pick.

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Keys for a Detroit Lions Playoff Upset

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The Lions should be playing the New York Giants this weekend. I have mentioned that the team was hoodwinked out of multiple victories last season against the Bears. Well, it happened once again last weekend against the Green Bay Packers. There was a touchdown to Titus Young that was not ruled as a reception. Detroit succumbed to the Packers by four points and wound up against the Saints in New Orleans.

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Drew Brees Breaks NFL Single Season Passing Record

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The pigskin has been flying all over the place this fall as the NFL single season mark of 5,084 passing yards, set by the Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino in 1984, is no more. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, the pride of Purdue Boilermakers football, is the new king of the air attack. The record stood for 27 years.

Brees did it in the second half versus the rival Atlanta Falcons on a 9 yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with 2:51 left in the game. It gave Brees 5,087 yards for the game and put the Saints up 45-16.

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Who will Break Dan Marino’s Passing Record Next Week?

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The NFL has certainly gone out of the way in recent years to emphasize the passing game. Numerous rule changes and rule tweaks have changed the game, enabling passers to put up big numbers and let offenses score at will.

As a result, quarterbacks are the highest paid NFL players, with those most entrusted in protecting the QB’s blind side (left tackles) and those with the most important role in stopping the opponent’s forward pass (elite pass-rushers) not far behind.

The pigskin has been flying all over the place this fall as the single season mark of 5,084 passing yards, set by the Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino in 1984, will soon fall.

Two QBs will almost certainly eclipse it, with three more coming close.

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Possible Mentors for Vikings QB Christian Ponder

The Minnesota Vikings are recuperating during the current bye week. Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder has now become the starter and I would like to offer some other people at the position to possibly emulate him.

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How Can the Minnesota Vikings Actually Win a Game?

The teams that met from the NFC North on Sunday in Minneapolis seem to be heading in vastly different directions. The Lions are a youthful and exuberant bunch, while the Vikings are a beaten down lackadaisical squad. I have some suggestions for Leslie Frazier on how Minnesota can join their divisional foes in the win column.

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How Matthew Stafford Can Become the Next Aaron Rodgers

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At the time of publication Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a quarterback rating south of the century mark, but he is still one of the top performers in the league. He is a man much like Steve Young, who learned behind a legend before taking the reins in his prime and becoming more effective than his predecessor could possibly be during the final portion of his career. The primary reason Rodgers is not among the top five statistically is that he has lost running back Ryan Grant for the season.

By Patrick Herbert

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