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Taking Andrew Luck, the quarterback from Stanford, was considered a no-brainer and the Colts used the second pick of the second round to grab his Cardinal team-mate tight end Coby Fleener.
In need of defensive players as they shift to a 3-4 defense, the Colts instead surprised at the start of the third round with the selection of Dwayne Allen a tight end out of Clemson.
Luck used double tight end sets in college and it appears the Indianapolis strategy was to provide their young QB with immediate weapons.
The Colts are 125/1 to win next year’s Super Bowl, with the Green Bay Packers 11/2 and the New York Giants 20/1.
After Luck, the next six picks in the first round all changed hands as the new rookie wage scale allowed clubs to more easily predict their cap costs.
The Washington Redskins had already traded up into the second slot prior to the draft and took Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
RG3 is also expected to start from day one, as the Redskins’ huge investment of three first round picks to the St. Louis Rams will need to be justified.
The Rams traded down from their new position, sixth in the first round, to the 14th pick overall taking Michael Brockers of LSU and allowing the Dallas Cowboys to jump up and grab his college team-mate Morris Claiborne, the top rated corner in the draft.
The move cost the Cowboys a second-round pick and gave the Rams the luxury of picking Janoris Jenkins with one of their three second round picks.
Jenkins has top ten talent, but off-field issues dropped him out of the first round. Should the cornerback focus on football, the Rams may well have pulled off the best value pick of the draft.