For a year or so, Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck has set the world on its ear with his big arm, football smarts and unlimited potential.
We've all, at one point or another, hopped upon the Andrew Luck hype train, and I have been a victim of such as well.
Luck is one of the most-hyped prospects coming out since Peyton Manning, and the phenomena surrounding him is certainly deserved.
There are a multitude of reasons why Luck wouldn't be the best fit for the Bills, and if the team should have a high pick next year with Luck on the board, Buddy Nix and Co. should let the quarterback go.
Next year, three quarterbacks look like favorites to go in the top five, including Luck, USC standout Matt Barkley, and Oklahoma Sooner Landry Jones.
Barkley and Jones would both be iffy fits on the Bills, considering they don't have much mobility, and even though Luck may end up being the best quarterback of the three for Buffalo, the Bills wouldn't be an ideal situation for the young signal-caller.
Buffalo has already tried its luck (pun intended) with a Stanford quarterback named Trent Edwards, and it obviously didn't work out too well.
I'm not saying Edwards is equatable to Andrew Luck, however, as fans, we need to proactive about evaluating quarterbacks in the Stanford system and how they'd translate to the Bills.
Edwards struggled mightily in Chan Gailey's offense this year, and it's tough to say how another Stanford quarterback, Luck, would perform for Gailey.
The Bills scheme is different than Stanford's, utilizing concepts of the pistol and the spread offense, and Luck's skill set may not translate well.
There is no doubt that Luck is one of the best quarterbacks to come out in a while, but the Bills could find a better fit.
Chan Gailey needs a moldable quarterback to run this Buffalo offense, and even though Luck could be a very above-average quarterback for the team, he wouldn't be the messiah that he could be for a host of other teams.
Could Gailey and Co. make Luck into a top ten quarterback? Of course, I'm not doubting that.
What I am doubting, though, is how the Bills would be a better fit for Luck than a more pro-style team like the Washington Redskins.
The Bills would be well-suited to get a young, mobile quarterback and use a high pick on a lineman or other position of need.
Buffalo could, possibly, take a flier on Alshon Jeffery or Matt Kalil with a high pick, and the team could then draft a quarterback later on.
Should the team draft Andrew Luck, I have no doubt he'd be a successful player in Buffalo, but I can't see the marriage ending in a Super Bowl.
We've seen Luck play in California and we can't be sure how well he'll hold up in Buffalo's extreme conditions.
Would Luck's arm be the same in harsh snow and wind? We just can't know.
Andrew Luck has loads of talent, and is going to live up to all of his hype.
Would he be able to live up to all the hype in Buffalo?
We just can't know.
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