Why the Indianapolis Colts Should Not Select Andrew Luck in 2012 NFL Draft

November 27, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the 2012 NFL season kicks off, Peyton Manning will be 36 years old.
The question that the Indianapolis Colts must ask themselves—how many more years, from the minute that opening game is underway, can Manning perform at an elite level for this franchise?
Let's look at the facts. If Manning is able to fully recover from the neck injury that has kept him out the entire 2011 season thus far, he would still have four full seasons to play before he hits the age of 40.
Given the fact that he matched the second-highest touchdown total of his career in 2010, I would conclude that the Colts' franchise quarterback is still in his prime. Even if you were to argue that he has exited his prime, Manning is still capable of performing at a level matched by a very select few quarterbacks in the NFL.
He is one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game, and—if he does return to full health—he likely still has four years of productive play left in him....

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