Colts Secure No. 1 Draft Pick with 'Luck' of Loss

  on January 01 2012 5:04 PM

This season has been one to forget for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts in most respects.

Indianopolis started the season for the first time in more than a decade without quarterback Peyton Manning, suffering from a neck injury. It was all downhill from there as the team won just two games. But the Colts locked up the first pick in April's NFL draft Sunday by losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-13.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 169 yards to clinch the NFL rushing title as the Jaguars slugged out the win as the Colts completed the woeful season with a 2-14 record. The Jaguars, in sweeping the Colts this season, finished at 5-11.

But in defeat, the Colts may have been the big winners. A win over Jacksonville would have dropped to the No. 2 position in the draft. Now, team owner Jim Irsay can draft a quarterback to replace Manning if he wants now that the franchise has secured the No. 1 draft pick.

The team is expected to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the pick. Luck won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award this season. He was also named first team All America, and was a Heisman Trophy runner-up the past two seasons. He was projected as the No. 1 selection in the draft this past April but opted to return to Stanford for another season.

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