NFL DRAFT . . . To no one's surprise, Andrew Luck became the fourth Stanford quarterback selected as the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft when the Indianapolis Colts called his name last Thursday on the first day of the draft. Luck joins Stanford quarterback legends John Elway, Jim Plunkett and Bobby Garrett as the overall top pick. Elway was also drafted by the Colts when the team was in Baltimore but forced a trade to the Denver Broncos, where he grew into a Super Bowl winner. Luck completed 71.3 percent of his passes for 3,517 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading Stanford to the Fiesta Bowl this past season. A number of other Stanford players were drafted or signed free-agent contracts. The Pittsburgh Steelers made Stanford offensive lineman David DeCastro their first pick, No. 24 overall. DeCastro becomes the first Stanford lineman drafted in the first round since Kwame Harris was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener joined Luck in Indianapolis, as the Colts used their second-round pick for him. Stanford offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was taken by the Miami Dolphins in the second round. Defensive end Matt Masifilo and wide receiver Chris Owusu signed free-agent contracts with the 49eres while wide receiver Griff Whalen signed a free-agent contract with the Colts following the completion of the 2012 NFL Draft. Stanford safety Delano Howell, meanwhile, signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. A three-year starting safety, Howell finished his career with 190 total tackles and seven interceptions in 34 career games in the secondary after beginning his career as a running back.
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