But the 2012 NFL draft can be broken into Luck, then everyone else, he said.
“Not even close,” he said.
I had a chance to ask McShay about the difference between the players expected to go first and second in the draft.
“It’s everything, it really is everything,” he said. “It’s the size. Durability. More consistent accuracy. Better decisions top to bottom. Don’t get me wrong, I love RG3; I think he’s the fourth-best player in this draft. But it’s almost like Luck, and then we start the rest of this draft.
“Little, little things that he does. Looking off guys. On plays where most guys would tuck the ball and be done, he all of a sudden, last second, literally a half-yard before the line of scrimmage, takes it and the ball comes out so quickly, so accurately. And he had no one to throw to. I mean his tight ends were good tight ends, but there were no receivers to throw to. He was just creating and making things happen over and over again on tape that make you just kind of scratch your head.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I really haven’t. The competitiveness with him too, the little things he’s willing to do knowing that all the money is kind of on the line with him. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even know what to say anymore about him. I’ve talked about how great he is, I feel like I am kind of gushing. I’ve been wrong before, maybe I’m wrong. But it will be the biggest shock of my career ever doing this if he doesn’t turn out to be great, one of the top five quarterbacks in this league three, four years down the road.”
Yeah, that’s gushing. No need to apologize. We’re looking for his assessment and the assessment of everyone who scouts the draft.
Some will try to make it out like the Colts have a real choice to make, but I think it’s going to ultimately qualify as noise.
It’s Jim Irsay’s opinion that counts, and all indications to this point are that he loves the idea of drafting the best prospect since the last time the Colts had the No. 1 pick, when they used it on Peyton Manning in 1998.