NFL loses out on Luck
The Stanford star may be pushing his Luck, but for the right reasons.
Andrew Luck is currently my favorite fooball player in the NCAA. Seeing him go number 1 in the 2011 NFL Draft would have been tremendous, but I think Luck made the right decision to stay in school for his senior year to pursue his degree in architectural design.
Staying in school will allow Luck to sharpen his skills to become more of a value to the NFL in the future rather than enter the draft this year and be in a position where too much will be expected of him.
If Luck did enter the draft, the Carolina Panthers, who own the the first pick, would have been set to select Luck in the first round. Luck’s future with the Panthers, however, would have been messy with a questionable coaching staff and a limited roster.
Let’s not forget that Luck now does not have to worry about the possible lockout next season.
This season Luck led Stanford to a 12-1 season and passed for 3, 338 yards and 32 touchdowns all while completing 71% of his passes. He threw just 8 interceptions and rushed for 513 yards. In 25 career starts Luck led Stanford to a 20-5 record.
Luck finished second in the Heisman Trophy ballot to Auburn QB Cam Newton. Expect Luck to be the preseason favorite entering the 2011 season.
Depending on who will come in to coach Stanford, Luck could lead the team to be a national contender. From the looks of it, coach Jim Harbaugh will be taking a $7 million or so deal from a team in the NFL to be a head coach.
There have been concerns with Luck returning to school to play another year for fears that he could get injured. Last year he did miss the Sun Bowl with a broken thumb. However St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford was also injured in his first game in 2009 and still managed to go number 1 in the 2010 draft.
Luck will be a future star in the NFL. He has the ability, arm strength, physical presence, and mindset to work on his skills another year and be an even better contender for the 2012 NFL draft.