Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/26/12

INDIANAPOLIS -- They got their guy.

The Indianapolis Colts went into the 2012 draft with the idea that they needed to find a suitable replacement for former quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released on March 6.

All along, it was thought that former Stanford signal-caller Andrew Luck would be that person.

And while the Colts did their due diligence and also looked hard at ex-Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, in the end there was really no doubt who Indianapolis would eventually end up with.

Luck was taken with the first overall pick and it only took Colts officials five minutes into the draft to make it official.

"It's a new era, a new beginning. It's exciting. We got our guy," Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson proclaimed. "This guy is just flat-out genuine. He doesn't shove his intelligence down your throat. He doesn't need anybody to hold him by the hand ... he is ready. He's mature beyond his years."

Coach Chuck Pagano was pleased that the Colts were able to select the player who is expected to become the new foundation of the franchise.

"We did get the very best football player, the very best quarterback in this year's draft," Pagano voiced.

Earlier in the day, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians discussed what a player of Luck's obvious talents can bring to the franchise.

"I have no doubt in my mind that he's going to be himself and not try to do anything that's not him," Arians said.

"I think that is one of the most impressive things about him is that he can be himself in all circumstances with all people and not have to change who he is."

Interestingly, Arians was the Colts' quarterbacks coach when Manning was selected in 1998.

"It is scary. Like I said, the family, the style of person, the style of player and what (Luck) brings to your organization is extremely comparable," he said, adding that he plans to bring the Colts' new quarterback along in much the same way that he did with Manning and later Ben Roethlisberger when Arians was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.

"I think you have to keep the game simple. Let them play in Technicolor. Quarterbacks have to see a picture when they call a play, and you keep it as simple as possible for them. The ones like [Luck], Peyton, Ben and those guys, they are like piranhas. They eat information and gobble it up, and then you let them run with it. They make it work, because they understand it."

Luck is still enrolled at Stanford and won't be available to participate in minicamps until his class has graduated on June 7.

The Colts had said that they would entertain offers to possibly move up for a second first-round pick, but that did not happen. Indianapolis has the second pick in the second round Friday.

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