QB Andrew Luck Draft Profile
6’4″ – 235 lbs
Strengths – You name it, he’s got it. Sounds a little too simple, right? Well, it really is. Luck is considered by most everyone to be the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning… that’s saying something. Luck has the ability to fit it into tight windows, the ability to do that while on the run and has the ability to make every throw in the game. He has prototypical size for a quarterback and is more mobile than people give him credit for. He is very intelligent, which is what instigates many of the Peyton Manning comparisons and he played college ball in a pro system with coaches who know how to develop quarterbacks. He also had free reign, so to speak, over the playbook where he was allowed to audible to any play of his choice, which speaks volumes of his ability to read and dissect defenses. He is the total package as a quarterback.
Weaknesses – Not many weaknesses to report on. Despite the fact that he has been a consensus first pick for nearly a year now, nobody has managed to come up with substantial evidence that he shouldn’t be picked first. Remember the constant dissection of last year’s first pick, QB Cam Newton? To go this long with little to no criticism is incredible. The biggest weakness I have heard of is that his arm strength isn’t elite and that his confidence in his accuracy causes him to force the ball sometimes into coverage. In my opinion, those are things that may be getting a little blown out of proportion.
Thoughts – I’ll keep this short and sweet. He will be the first pick in the upcoming draft. If he isn’t, he will be the second pick. The strengths of his game are tremendous and very difficult to find in a prospect in any draft class. He is surprisingly mobile and has the ability to take hits and can lead a team even in the NFL now. He is the total package. On top of that, these “weaknesses” aren’t really much of anything in my opinion. Forcing the ball at least shows that he wants to push the ball downfield, whereas some quarterbacks, even starters in the NFL, try to avoid the mistake by never taking chances downfield. A smart player like Luck will learn from those mistakes, but the risk taking isn’t all bad. The arm strength is irrelevant. He may not be elite, but I saw the last game he played against Oklahoma State in the bowl game and he was incredible. He conducted his team down the field in a perfectly executed two minute drive and set his team up with the opportunity to win. At that moment he looked identical to what people have seen Peyton Manning do to the NFL for years.
Comparison – Many like the Manning comparison here. While I agree that his intelligence is a driving part of that comparison and it makes sense (heck, I just compared him in the paragraph above), I think the more accurate comparison may be Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game today with his intelligence obviously being a reason for his success, but he also possesses a very natural feel for moving from the pocket and finding a receiver or tucking the ball and running. No matter what comparison falls closer in line with Luck, he is in good company.
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