QB ANDREW LUCK – STANFORD – 6-4, 234
Redshirt Junior. 3-year starter. Son of former NFL QB Oliver Luck (currently WVa’s AD). Elite prospect. Already looks like an NFL QB physically. Has a good frame and muscular build. Strong arm. Good mobility. Above average athlete, which he proved on the field and at the Combine. Luck isn’t a great prospect based on some dynamic physical element or collegiate production. He doesn’t have an elite arm. He didn’t throw for record totals of TDs or yards. He never led Stanford on a dramatic 2 or 3-TD comeback to beat a Top 5 team. Luck’s greatness is in the little things.
Luck helped turn Stanford into a top flight program. It wasn’t based just on him, but rather it was done as a whole team. This isn’t a case where Cam Newton put Auburn on his shoulders and carried the team to a National Title. Luck was one part of a winning team at Stanford. The offense was built more around the running game than his skill set. You could say that O-line was the biggest star for Stanford, as they dominated the line of scrimmage. The fact that Luck could play in a system like this and thrive shows how special he is. He had the ability to take over the offense and turn it into an aerial attack when that was needed, but also could be a game manager when that was all that was needed. A lot of great college QBs get to the NFL and struggle to function as part of the offense rather than as the star of the offense. Luck will have no problem with that.
As a passer, his greatness isn’t filled with 50-yard bombs and highlight throws. Luck’s best passes are when he anticipates a play and puts the ball exactly where his TE needs it and that moves the chains or leads to a TD. Again, this is NFL material. The spread offense gives many college QBs wide open targets. Luck played in a pro style system where his receivers weren’t wide open due to scheming and alignment. Stanford also lacked the kind of dynamic WRs that could just separate from DBs consistently. This meant Luck had to drop back, read the defense, and often “throw his receiver open”. This means he put the ball in a spot where his guy could get it, even if tightly covered.
In terms of general attributes, Luck rates very high. Arm is above average. Accurate passer. Good touch on short and intermediate throws. Can plant his foot in the ground and drive the ball outside the numbers or to a receiver 15 to 25 yards downfield. Not afraid to throw into coverage, but he’s not careless. Aggressive rather than dumb. Does an excellent job of reading defenses and finding the open target. Anticipates plays well. Wins as much with his head as his arm. Luck was perceived as a pocket passer, but was highly underrated as an athlete. He had multiple highlight plays as a runner. Some showed speed. He also showed the ability to run over a defender. Luck closed out his college career with a great game in the Fiesta Bowl. Luck was 27-31-347 with 2 TDs, 1 INT. He made great decisions and threw the ball very accurately. He looked NFL ready. I hated the fact the coaches didn’t give him a chance to win the game on the final drive. They settled for a FG and that ended up biting them in the butt. Should have trusted the elite, All American QB to win the game.
Luck is the #1 prospect. He has the size, skills, and athleticism to be an NFL star. Also has great intangibles. He can be happy feeding the ball to his RBs or throwing for 400 yards. Is loved by his teammates because he acts like one of them and not the BMOC. You get the feeling that mentally and emotionally he’s closer to being an OL than a typical star QB. I don’t the team taking Luck has to worry about him going Tim Couch or Cade McNown and trying to date Playboy playmates. Luck is much closer to a Peyton Manning type that will grind away, doing anything possible to help his team win. He will have laser-like focus when it comes to football.