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Colts to take Luck with No. 1 NFL draft pick, sources say

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts appear set to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with their No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Sources told ESPN that Indianapolis officials will be certain to make 22-year-old Luck a Colt when the draft begins on April 26.

Colts owner Jim Irsay wants to continue the tradition of selecting quarterbacks with his No. 1 draft picks, the sources said.

The franchise selected John Elway from Stanford in 1983, before trading him to Denver, took Jeff George in 1990, and in 1998 picked Peyton Manning with its No. 1 selection.

Luck, a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up, was the 2011 Orange Bowl MVP, was named Maxwell Award and Walter Camp player of the year in 2011 and won the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

He has thrown for 9,430 yards in three seasons as starting quarterback at Stanford, with a 67 percent completion rate.

His school record 37 touchdown passes in 2011 broke his own record of 32 set a year earlier and his 82 career touchdown passes at Stanford broke Elway's school record of 77.