"In fairness to Andrew Luck, in fairness to the whole process, the media gauntlet that he is going to be enduring the next couple of days I thought it was the right thing to do to announce that we are going to take him. We didn't see the point in prolonging what the world already knows," explained general manager Ryan Grigson in a brief statement. "It's about Andrew, and we wanted to do the right thing by him."
"We did our due diligence, studied them like heck. Everybody thought this was a foregone conclusion, really on behalf of the kid we tried to make things a little bit easier on his part, go ahead and make the decision, go ahead and get it out there officially that he's our guy," said Pagano, before adding a comment that will be sure to resonate with fans in Indiana.
"The intangibles are off the chart, you know the skill-set, you've seen his body of work. He's a gym rat, he's a football junkie. Big, strong, he's physical, he can make every throw out there, he's a great leader in his own way."
Andrew Luck is in New York City participating in NFL Draft festivities. Thursday night Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce Luck as the Colts selection, and Friday night he will be introduced to the fans at a special draft party at Lucas Oil Stadium.
While many of the current Colts have not met their new franchise quarterback, news of the official announcement did quickly spread throughout the locker room.
"We've got to bring him in and get him going as fast as possible. He is the key to our success around here. As long as he can get in and get comfortable and get going real quick, the better we are going to be," said defensive tackle Cory Redding.
Drew Stanton signed during the off-season and is the #1 quarterback until Andrew Luck eventually takes over. Stanton understands the situation he is in and seems to embrace the opportunity to work with the former Stanford quarterback.
"I realize they are drafting Andrew for a reason, they want him to be the starter, but I'm going to try to make it a difficult decision for them, and do everything that I can within my power. But, when it also comes time, I'm not foolish, I need to be a good teammate and I'm going to try and again, speed up that process for him so he can get out there and have success on Sundays," said Stanton.
The Colts will conclude this voluntary veteran mini-camp Thursday, then will hold a rookie mini-camp next weekend which Andrew Luck will participate in. He will then finish up classes at Stanford June 7th. Luck will also participate in graduation festivities in Palo Alto June 17th, before returning to Indianapolis for good the following week.