In the past, teams that have held the first overall pick in the NFL draft have at times started to negoiate with the player they plan on drafting, prior to the actual draft. The Miami Dolphins did it in 2008 with offensive tackle Jake Long and signed him before the draft. The Houston Texans also did it with defensive end Mario Williams and signed him before the 2006 draft kicked off.
Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has indicated that they don’t plan on beginning any negotiations with either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III prior to the draft.
“No. We’re going to do it the old fashion way, and that’s not something that’s been discussed at this point about how we would go about that. I think we’ll do it like team[s] always have and keep it simple.”