2012 NFL Draft: How NFL-Ready Is Andrew Luck?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 7, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal throws a pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Entering the 2012 NFL draft, we can only assume that the Indianapolis Colts will be using their first overall pick on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Luck is believed to be a once-in-a-decade quarterback by nearly every single scout, and to be quite honest with you, I couldn't agree more. 

As the Colts will likely transition away from Peyton Manning once Luck arrives to town, the biggest question will be: Can Andrew Luck start right away?

Let's face it. We all know Luck is NFL-ready, but how NFL-ready is he? 


Arm Strength: B+

Despite all the hype, Andrew Luck doesn't have the strongest arm in the world—I have seen stronger.

However, Luck does have a strong enough arm to make all the NFL throws and can put enough velocity on the ball to fit it into very tight windows. 

The greatest trait about Luck's arm strength is that the velocity does not have a huge drop off when he's on the run. When Luck rolls out to his right side, he can put just as much zip on the ball as any other NFL quarterback can.


Accuracy: B+

Andrew Luck is not the most accurate passer, as he finished his collegiate career with a 67.0 completion percentage—but keep in mind that Luck plays in a pro-style offense with less high-percentage throws, such as a quarterback would have in a spread offense.

As stated earlier, Luck does have the ability to fit the ball into tight windows, but like any other quarterback, his accuracy drops off once you reach 20-plus yards. 

However, Luck has ideal mechanics when throwing the ball, as his throwing motion is compact and tight while his footwork is solid. 


Mobility: A-

Andrew Luck may not be a running quarterback that presents a threat when he decides to tuck the ball and run, but he is a very tough, powerful, physical runner, as he stands in at 6'4" and 235 lbs. 

Luck's footwork cannot get much better. Its textbook in the pocket as well as in the play-action game and rolling out on a bootleg. 

The one thing that is noticeable with Luck is his understanding of opposing coverages and how he should approach it when he decides to move out of the pocket. He does a great job of stepping up into the pocket and moving vertically when he reads man coverage, and when it's zone coverage, he will roll out to his right or left, which ultimately stretches the play out and buys him more time to find a hole in the zone coverage. 

The Colts are likely drooling over the fact that Luck is so impressive with his mobility in the play-action and that they can base their entire offense on that series. 


Production: A

Andrew Luck had himself quite the career at Stanford, as he compiled 9,430 total passing yards in his three years while tossing 82 touchdowns compared to 22 interceptions.

Luck's final season at Stanford certainly was notable: He completed 71.3 percent of his passes while throwing 37 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.

The positive about Luck's collegiate numbers is that they continued to get better by year. 

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
2009 162 288 56.3 2575 13 4
2010 263 372 70.7 3338 32 8
2011 288 404 71.3 3517 37 10


Overall: A

There's a reason why the Indianapolis Colts are willing to part ways with a future Hall of Fame quarterback to draft Andrew Luck—he is the real deal and could very well be the next generation's Peyton Manning.

Luck has all the tools to be successful at the NFL level and is arguably the safest first overall selection in recent memory. 

There's really no risk when it comes to Luck. He is as good as it gets. 


Conclusion: How NFL-Ready is Andrew Luck?

As NFL-ready as we have ever seen. 

Andrew Luck is the perfect quarterback prospect that has little weakness and has all the skill that you'd look for in a quarterback. 

The scary thing about Luck is that he's so NFL-ready; he looked like a seasoned veteran at the collegiate level. However, there is still room for improvement.

The question shouldn't be "How NFL-ready is he?" but rather "Can a quarterback prospect be this perfect?"


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