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Andrew Luck: How Does the Stanford QB's Decision Affect the Denver Broncos?

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 and head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate with the trophy on stage after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Michael KellerAnalyst IIIJanuary 6, 2011

According to a story just released on, redshirt sophomore Andrew Luck wants to stay in school to finish his degree in architectural design and graduate with his class.

If this does indeed happen, the fallout for the upcoming draft will be monumental. He is considered the consensus No. 1 pick and was seen as going to Carolina.

It will undoubtedly change the plans for the top 10 teams, and most likely it will ripple down even further. The major impacts will be to Carolina (No. 1), Denver (No. 2) and at least the next four of five selections. It may cause trading down for some, trading up for others and general mayhem all around.

It also means that Locker, Mallett and probably Newton will move up the board as the next viable QBs available.

Of particular interest to those of us in Denver is how Elway and the new brain trust will move. Will they still go forward with their No. 2 pick, or will they trade down for more picks either later in the first round or more picks in the second?

The question also needs to be asked if Jim Harbaugh may decide to also stay one more year at Stanford to coach Luck and chase the BCS championship next year. This will impact decisions all over the NFL on coaching slots as well.

I can't help but wonder if the pending labor issues and potential lockout and new CBA agreement played into this decision. And if so, will other players look a bit closer at these issues as well?

The NFL (and NCAA BCS) plot thickens!

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