NFL Rumors: Andrew Luck Is Staying, So What Do the Carolina Panthers Do Now?

James EvensCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal ellude Jack Tyler #58 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. STanford won 40-12. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Andrew Luck and Stanford recently announced that he would be staying in school to get his degree.

This caused a huge shake-up across the nation, and made a lot of noise, good and bad. 

For the Stanford fans of the world, this announcement had to make them almost want to cry and jump for joy at the same time.  Their golden-boy has decided to stay another season, and that means another successful season for Stanford football.

Now that we know he will not be going to the NFL, it will start a whole string of new mock drafts, and even more face time from Mel Kiper. 

Carolina has a few options now they know they will not get the franchise quarterback they have been looking for.

If I was Carolina this is what I would do.

First off, I would start trying develop Jimmy Clausen into the player that everyone knows that he can be in the NFL with his talent level.

To do that, they need to draft a receiver, to me there are two obvious choices for receiver in the draft this season.  

A.J. Green of Georgia, who many are expecting to go number one overall, or Julio Jones of Alabama, who is a long-shot to get drafted number one, but is a great player.

I would take Jones because he is a powerful, dynamic receiver who performs well on the big stage. 

The bottom line is that without a coach, and without a franchise quarterback, the Panthers need to work with what they have and develop Clausen, or maybe even trade for Kyle Orton, who is already proven to be a decent NFL quarterback.