“It is seemingly unanimous among NFL scouts and front-office personnel that Stanford redshirt junior Andrew Luck is the top quarterback prospect to come along in the past 30 years, a once-in-a-generation player almost guaranteed to become an immediate star at the next level.
So what makes Luck so special? Everything. He has no glaring weakness and grades out favorably against the top prospects in recent history. Our comparison focuses on three other can’t-miss quarterbacks from the past three decades: John Elway, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.”
Those were the words of ESPN NFL Draft Analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, written for a special draft profile of Andrew Luck prior to the 2012 NFL draft.
(Click Here for the Kiper & McShay Special Draft Profile of Andrew Luck)
It didn’t take hours in the film room studying his tape to recognize the brilliance of Andrew Luck.
Luck had it all – size, strength, mobility, pocket presence, toughness, intelligence, and a unique maturity for a young man in his early twenties with all the pressure in the world.
And if all of that wasn’t impressive enough, he also did this…
Andrew Luck was crowned the NFL’s next great quarterback before he ever played a single down of NFL football. As the 2012 NFL Draft approached, Luck’s future greatness became more fact than opinion.
However, after three (seemingly) impressive seasons in the NFL, the narrative has slightly changed. While the s supporting Luck as the NFL’s next poster child still exists, the number of NFL fans and writers with critical opinions of Luck’s game is growing by the day.
Although Luck has led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three NFL seasons, his performance in the playoffs has led many to question whether he is actually a full-blown superstar, or a player with inflated regular season statistics as a result of beating up on arguably the worst division in the NFL.
We present the facts, and you the reader decide … Is Andrew Luck overrated or underrated?