Colts did homework on Richardson in 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – It was no secret that the Indianapolis Colts had their sights set on quarterback Andrew Luck as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and Robert Griffin III as their second option if for some reason owner Jim Irsay and the rest of the front office changed their mind at the last minute.

But that still didn’t stop the Colts from doing their research on running back Trent Richardson in that draft. Richardson ended up going third to the Cleveland Browns.

“You do your due diligence,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “Just like we did on the quarterback that went No. 2 to Washington. Our scouts and (general manager) Ryan (Grigson), our entire scouting staff studies everybody. So we knew this kid inside and out.

“We made it known what direction we were going, but you never know what’s going to happen. So you make sure you know everything about everybody that’s got a possibility of being picked up here.”

Pagano, the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator at the time, originally met Richardson when he went down to Alabama to spend some time with coach Nick Saban and his staff during the NFL lockout two years ago.

All the reviews at the time were positive about Richardson’s personality and worth ethic. That’s why Pagano got excited when Grigson mentioned the possibility of acquiring Richardson earlier this week.

“Anytime you have an opportunity and a name like that pops up, number three overall pick in the same draft as Andrew, right behind Andrew, RG (III), obviously your ears perk up,” Pagano said. “There’s a certain amount of excitement level. You’re kind of like, ‘Are you being serious? Are you messing with me on this deal?’”