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NFL Draft Report

 
By Joe Buscaglia
 


QB Andrew Luck, Stanford


Andrew Luck, #12

Stanford

6'4", 234 lbs., 22 years old

Houston, TX

2011: 71.3%, 3,517 yards, 37 TD, 10 INT

2010: 70.7%, 3,332 yards, 32 TD, 8 INT

2009: 56.3%, 2,575 yards, 13 TD, 4 INT

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PROS

- Remarkable ability of moving within the pocket. Senses pressure and has the footwork to move in and out of different throwing lanes.

- Very good intelligence and feel for the game. Reads a defense well and puts his offense in the right play. Goes through his progressions on passing plays.

- Has the type of athleticism and running ability to keep a defense honest. Can tuck and run with nothing open downfield. Opens up plays when he rolls out of the pocket.

- Overall accuracy is top notch for a college quarterback. Shows great timing and anticipation when planting to throw. Also quite accurate on rollouts.

- Does the little things very well. Deceptive little pump fakes and jukes gets him that much more of an advantage.

 

CONS

- Doesn't have the elite arm strength. Could find himself getting in to trouble in the deep middle of the field with a ball-hawking safety.

- When he does hang in the pocked amidst pressure, he tends to fall off his throws a bit which forces an inaccurate ball.

 

Special Notes:

- Turns 23 in September.

 

Projection: Top Overall Pick

- While I'm not completely on board that he's a 'once in a lifetime' type of quarterback, he is the most complete quarterback prospect in recent memory. Whether or not that translates in to him becoming a top flight quarterback in the NFL will depend on more variables than just his finished college product. He can start right away.



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