NFL launches its first-ever New York City pop-up store

March 29 [Thu], 2012, 17:12
For Colts fans preparing to order a customized Andrew Luck jersey in advance of the NFL draft, I offer these words of custom jerseys: not so fast, my friend. Despite the fact that nearly every draft prognosticator suspects the Colts will select Luck with the first pick in the upcoming draft, Owner Jim Irsay proclaims the evaluation process is yet ongoing. As ESPN's Dan Graziano reports, it appears as though the possibility of Robert Griffin III leapfrogging Luck is in play: "I think they're both outstanding young men," Irsay said during a break in the owners meetings here Monday. "I don't think it's either-or, where only one of them is going to succeed. I think they're both going to be great."

Since they have the No. 1 pick, the Colts could, if they so choose, do a contract with Luck (or Griffin, or any player they want, actually) in advance of the draft. "If we decided to do a deal early with one of them, customized soccer jersey something we could definitely look into," Irsay said. "But we're still in the evaluation process right now." Griffin has gained steam in recent weeks after shining at both the combine and his pro day. Luck held his own at each event as well, but teams remain enamored with Griffin's sensational combination of athleticism and pure quarterbacking ability. Regardless of whether Griffin or Luck is selected first, it's a virtual certainty that the remaining player will be taken by Washington with the second overall pick.

The NFL Shop at Draft will be ever-changing, with new merchandise and rotating elements on display throughout the customized Oakland Raiders jerseys. The Vince Lombardi Trophy will be on display April 4-14 and the championship rings from Super Bowl games I-XLV will be on display April 8-14. Beginning April 19, fans may purchase commemorative Wilson game footballs and have customized on-site, including the first-ever team specific footballs. This will be the first time Wilson will manufacture game footballs in Manhattan.