2012 NFL Draft: Is Andrew Luck a Top-10 Quarterback Heading into the Draft?

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIApril 21, 2012

There have been few NCAA quarterbacks to have ever matched the hype of Stanford's Andrew Luck. Some call him the best college prospect since Peyton Manning, others call him the best college prospect since John Elway.

His 31-7 record in college gave him a .816 winning percentage—the best in Stanford history—and his 82 touchdown passes also broke the school record of 77 set by Elway.

The combination of his accuracy, athletic ability, work ethic and football IQ have most experts raving about the soon-to-be No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft.

When you think of Top-10 quarterbacks in the NFL, names like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo and Matt Ryan come to mind.

All of the aforementioned play for better teams than Luck will inherit, while possessing the pro-level playing experience that Luck doesn't have.

If we're talking about pure physical and intellectual quarterbacking ability, I believe that Andrew Luck most certainly belongs in the Top-10. A good argument could be made that he may belong in the Top-5.

There is no substitute for experience and there can be no denying the fact that the Colts (as of now at least) will not be offering Luck a great amount of team support.

Just ask Peyton Manning; then subtract some of the best talent he had to work with.

If Andrew Luck played for the New England Patriots in 2012 and Tom Brady played for the Indianapolis Colts, which quarterback would win more games?

There's a lot to consider and perhaps only time will tell.

If he isn't already, I expect Andrew Luck to become a Top-10 NFL quarterback in the near future.


Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report. Any questions, comments or professional inquiries can be directed to his email at bleacherreporter@yahoo.com.

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