Andrew Luck and the NFL Draft: How the Quarterback Can Alter This Year's Draft

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Andrew Luck and the NFL Draft: How the Quarterback Can Alter This Year's Draft
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This is the NFL, or "Not For Long" as former Falcons Coach Jerry Glanville is famous for saying.

Every team and every coach has to go into the season thinking that they can compete for a division title and a playoff berth, and every year a team comes from the bottom of the pack and surprises everyone (see KC and Tampa Bay in 2010). 

Every coach and GM must win now in order to secure their jobs, but, if teams take a step back, they may see a golden opportunity in this draft to build for the future. 

Andrew Luck has it all. No quarterback since Peyton Manning has been such a sure thing.

He has the pedigree, the size, the arm, the well-groomed habits, the smarts, the leadership and as a bonus, he is already a pocket passer.

When Luck decided to stay in school, the Panthers cried, I am sure. 

In my opinion, barring injury, Luck will be a mainstay on his team for over a decade, and has the potential to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, much like Peyton Manning. Ask any coach if he could have drafted Peyton, would he— and I guarantee they all would have. 

So, with the second coming, will coaches consider the potential for drafting this once-in-a-generation prospect?

They should at least keep it in the back of their minds, and, if they play their cards right, they may just help their careers and their team, by securing the next great player. 

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