Take Peyton Manning off the field, and the Indianapolis Colts are the worst team in football. They are currently 0-5 and have poll position (if you want to call it that) in the race for the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The prize for last place figures to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Colts owner Jim Irsay has expressed interest in drafting Luck if the team gets the opportunity.
"Guys like that come along so rarely," Irsay said of Manning and sure-fire prospects like Luck. "Even if that means that guy sits for three or four years, you'd certainly think about taking him. … You see what Green Bay did with [Brett] Favre and [Aaron] Rodgers and you'd like to be able to do the same thing."
This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the Colts just handed Manning a five-year extension worth $90 million to make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
If they were able to string together two franchise quarterbacks with the first overall pick, it could be the biggest stroke of luck and the biggest coup in NFL history, too.