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Is Andrew Luck Already a Top 10 NFL Quarterback?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets ready to throw a first quarter pass while being rushed by Cameron Wake #91 of the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 4, 2012

After a win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 5, I analyzed whether or not Andrew Luck was elite. 

After an epic performance in the 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, is it safe to say the Indianapolis Colts quarterback is a Top 10 quarterback?

Without a doubt. 

Sure, his completion percentage isn't off the charts—55.6 percent to be exact—and he doesn't lead the league in any major statistical categories. 

But his Colts club, a team that was easily the worst team in the NFL a season ago, now sits at 5-3 and are in a favorable position in the AFC playoff race. 

Even more, he set the single-game rookie passing yard record with 433 yards this week. 

To make this easy, let's name the quarterbacks who, right now, would be considered better than Luck. 

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Matt Ryan have been the league's premier signal-callers this season. 

Drew Brees, a staple in the prolific quarterback ranks, has regressed this season and his team is 2-5. Still, I'll take him over Luck. 

Many would say Robert Griffin III has been the better rookie in 2012, but his club is 3-5 and he couldn't lead a victory against a 1-6 Carolina Panthers team at home. It's close, but I'd take the Indy quarterback over RG3.

To some, Ben Roethlisberger is a more effective quarterback than Luck, and they'd probably be right. 

Matt Schaub is ideal for the Houston Texans run-based, play-action system, and he has a long track record of efficient. So, I can understand those who'd want to point to him as a "better" signal-caller than the former No. 1 overall pick. The same goes for Philip Rivers.

Even so, Luck sneaks into the Top 10, and right now,

He exudes leadership, is comfortable in the pocket beyond his years and understands where to go with the football on essentially every drop back. 

Is there a quarterback who's done more with less than Luck? 

No way.

As it currently stands, Andrew Luck's a Top 10 NFL quarterback, and his potential is so vast and early production's been so outstanding, he's trending toward elite. 

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