Andrew LuckHt/Wt: 6-4/234 lbs
Class: RS Junior
Andrew Luck's Player ProfileWith one last bowl game left to leave an impression on the sports world before Luck undoubtedly declares for the NFL draft we can assess that his draft stock is close to where it was at the beginning of the season when he was celebrated by everyone as the best QB prospect since fill in the blank. His stats are nearly identical to where they were last season as well as team success. The only 2 areas where you see a difference is his rushing stats are way down (no surprise for wanting to keep him healthy for his team’s sake and for the sake of his draft prospects), and his YPA is down .5 yard. It has been a little on the boring side watching Stanford football. They have had the luxury of an excellent running game and defense which allows them to play conservative. Phil Simms made remarks of not seeing Andrew make big time completions down the field and I would say he is correct mainly due to play the conservative style of play as well as playing to his strengths. Andrew doesn’t have deep threats at Stanford, and the team has not needed the big play with how well they are running and executing short and intermediate throws. Also, he has been the victim of a couple pick 6s, and usually is making 1 or 2 plays a game where he clearly is not on the same page as his receiver thus having 9ints which is probably on the high side for what people expected this year. However, Andrew has shown great poise to not let his few mistakes cost the team. In games against USC and Cal he was on the ropes, but was able to lead his team calmly to victory with sound execution when it mattered the most. Also, he was on the ropes at WSU in nasty weather and made half time adjustments to blow them out and leave with a heisman worthy stat line.
I also notice an unorthodox release which will certainly get picked apart by draft pundits leading up to the draft. He does a good job of keeping the ball just below his right ear to start his throwing motion early, but he drops his right shoulder to generate the energy to get the ball out. It is a very quick release, but looks a little like he is short arming his throws, it is awkward looking yet very effective especially on the throws he most often makes which are intermediate passes in the pocket or rolling out. However, the short arm release and lack of film of him ripping the ball deep, scouts are going to want to see in individual workouts that this is not a flaw. Nonetheless, Andrew has been a consummate leader and teammate, diverting the attention to his team and not getting caught up in heisman hype.
Profile submitted by: Tom Patterson
Luck was a redshirted freshman in 2009, completing 162 of 288 passes for 2,575 yards with 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Luck also ran for 354 yards on 61 carries. He has good NHL size at 6’4” and 235 pounds.
Has good leadership qualities. Elusive in the pocket, with decent speed for a QB his size. Picks up reads well, and is poised in the pocket. Luck has a quick release, good accuracy and excellent arm strength. A potential 1st overall pick if he decides to enter the draft, which is likely if he continues to hold high ranking.
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