By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
April 20, 2012
The 2012 NFL Draftkicks off Thursday night, April 26, in New York City, and the Indianapolis Colts already announced that they’ll take Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first pick. In the past, agents were able to negotiate enormous contracts for first-round picks, but with the new CBA came a rookie wage scale. Luck will receive a deal similar to the four-year, $22 million Cam Newton received as the top pick last year. That’s a steep drop from the six-year, $78 million deal number one selection Sam Bradford got the year before.
Though Luck will be the number one pick, likely number two pick, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, has had more success on the endorsement side. Griffin already has deals with Adidas, Subway, Castrol, and EA Sports, while Luck’s only major endorsements are with Nike and Panini America.