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2012 NFL Draft Order: Indianapolis Colts Secure Top Pick...Let The Bidding Begin

The Indianapolis Colts secured the top pick of the 2012 NFL Draft on Sunday as they lost a 19-13 decision to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although the St. Louis Rams also lost, the Colts hold the tiebreaker due to strength of schedule. That puts the Colts on the clock with an opportunity to select one of the most sought after quarterbacks in recent memory, Andrew Luck.

While Luck remains the likely top candidate, there are still some scenarios that could create havoc with the 2012 NFL Draft. The odds are fairly high the Colts select Luck and move on from there, but not all NFL general managers make the wisest decisions.

If the Colts receive a proverbial "Godfather" offer, it is possible they might decide a bounty of picks would be in their best interest. Much like when the Dallas Cowboys traded Herschel Walker for a boatload of picks, the right offer could very well change the Colts minds. You can view the current draft order pending a coin flip. The Cleveland Browns have some extra picks thanks to the 2011 draft day trade that got the Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones. They have Colt McCoy, but if they think Andrew Luck is a better option, maybe they try and pull the trigger. It is not something people are saying will happen, but anything is possible.

The other possible scenario is how Robert Griffin III's draft status moves in the coming months. He is reportedly going to declare for the draft following a monster season capped by the Heisman Trophy. If he enters the draft, it becomes a two QB race at this point. Luck has a sizable lead, but anything is possible over the next four months. I don't think RG3 passes Luck on the Colts draft board, but again, anything is possible.

Here is the current Top 20 draft order:

1. Indianapolis Colts, 2-14
2. St. Louis Rams, 2-14
3. Minnesota Vikings, 3-13
4. Cleveland Browns, 4-12
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-12
6. Washington Redskins, 5-11
7. Jacksonville Jaguars, 5-11
8. Carolina Panthers, 6-10
9. Miami Dolphins, 6-10
10. Buffalo Bills, 6-10
11. Seattle Seahawks, 7-9*
12. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-9*
13. Arizona Cardinals, 8-8
14. Dallas Cowboys, 8-8
15. Philadelphia Eagles, 8-8
16. New York Jets, 8-8
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders, 8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers, 8-8
19. Chicago Bears, 8-8
20. Tennessee Titans, 9-7

*Will be determined by coin flip