Andrew Luck of Stanford Is Simply Too Good To Pass On

Alex GuyCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Orange Bowl MVP Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates with fans after Stanford won 40-14 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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As an East Coast guy, I sometimes miss out on a lot of sports West of the Mississippi. But like a lot of people, I got a chance last night to watch Andrew Luck dismantle a talented and experienced Virginia Tech defense.

Leading the fourth-ranked Cardinal, amidst a seemingly infinite list of potential destinations for his coach, Luck looked like a perennial Pro Bowler. 

Now, let me continue by saying that Luck has one year left if he wants to stay in school. After an extremely political answer regarding his future on Sundays in the press conference after, I think it is anyone's guess what Luck decides to do.

However, if he does choose to leave school, the Carolina Panthers have to take him.

I know they have Jimmy Clausen. I know they have plenty of needs and could use a pass rusher (Da'Quan Bowers) or a defensive tackle (Nick Fairley). That is how good Luck was last night.

Finishing the night 18-of-23 for 287 yards, four touchdowns and one INT, Luck demonstrated a special command of the offense and made throws that you rarely see out of college quarterbacks. He was mobile and manipulated the secondary with head fakes and pumps.

On one play he rolled to his right and fought off pressure just long enough to make a bullet throw on the run before being tackled. It was about that point my friend looked at me and said, "So this was all an NFL tryout, right?" The guy was truly sensational. 

Todd McShay (who's got some 'splaining to do after last year's draft) said that he is going to give Luck the highest grade for any QB he has rated in 10 years. Most other experts have come to similar conclusions, and after last night, who could blame them?