NFL Power Rankings: Which Teams Should Be on First Name Basis with Andrew Luck?
Week 7 of the NFL is officially in the books, and that means it's time for a round of power rankings. But instead of going with traditional power rankings, I've decided to dial up the "Suck for Luck" rankings.
The "Suck for Luck" campaign is full force for some fanbases who have nothing else to look forward to but the possibility of taking one of the most highly-touted quarterback prospects of all time. Andrew Luck hasn't even declared for the NFL draft, yet many feel it is a forgone conclusion he will leave Stanford.
Assuming he does, here's a list of the top 5 teams who should be on a first-name basis with the young quarterback.
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks
After losing to Cleveland 6-3, it's safe to say that the Seahawks won't be challenging for the NFC West crown this season. Pete Carroll's squad looked atrocious on offense, and there's no question that they could be serious contenders from here on out to land Luck.
Seattle already has two wins on the season, which puts it ahead of the pack, but the Seahawks are so bad on offense that a long losing streak isn't out of the question. Tarvaris Jackson should be back in the next week or two to replace Charlie Whitehurst, and he was playing well before he went down to injury.
But Jackson isn't the long-term answer at quarterback for the Seahawks, and they would desperately love to land Luck.
No. 4 Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have lost five in a row and look nothing like they did in a Week 1 win over the Carolina Panthers. Kevin Kolb is in the midst of a subpar season, which has led for a frustrating season for Cards fans.
Arizona shelled out a big contract for Kolb after they traded for him, however, the Cards would have to take Luck if it came down to it. Odds are Arizona will improve as the season goes along and pick up a few more wins to take itself out of the running, but as of now, the Cards are legitimate contenders.
Larry Fitzgerald hasn't been able to develop the chemistry that many thought he would have had with Kolb, and it has led to a frustrating year for the talented receiver.
If Arizona doesn't land the No. 1 overall pick, you can expect to see Kolb back under center for a couple of more seasons due to the large contract extension that he received during the offseason. It is important to note that Kolb is still relatively young, and this is his first year where he will start every game.
No. 3 Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins represent the best situation for Luck to land into. He would start right away and wouldn't be coming to a franchise that already has a quarterback in place like the Colts and Rams do.
Miami needs Luck more than any other franchise at this moment, but this team isn't going to give up. As bad as the Dolphins are, they almost pulled off a win if it wasn't for a miraculous comeback by Denver. Ownership may want the Dolphins to bottom out, however, the players haven't packed it in quite yet.
It's clear that Miami players are aware of the "Suck for Luck" campaign going around, and it's something that will likely fuel the players going forward, although, the opposite could happen, and this team could check out.
No. 2 St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford wasn't able to play against Dallas, but even if he had, it wouldn't have mattered anyway. The Rams are atrocious this season sporting a -115 point differential—the worst in the NFL.
St. Louis is a serious contender to land Luck, and it would be wise to try to move Bradford and his more expensive contract than to trade the rights to draft one of the best quarterback prospects ever. It's amazing to think that the Rams were once the favorites to win the NFC West.
The Rams had a chance to win the division a year ago, yet could find themselves in the cellar this season. Everything has gone wrong for St. Louis, but if it were to land Luck, the Rams could auction off the pick or trade Bradford. Either scenario would improve the team.
No. 1 Indianapolis Colts
The favorites to land the Stanford quarterback right now and easily the worst team in football. Indy was rocked by a very good New Orleans Saints team on Sunday night football, which was the lowest moment the franchise has witnessed in a very long time.
The Colts have gone from a perennial playoff team with Peyton Manning to the worst team in the league without him. It's been a rough season for Colts fans, and it won't get any better any time soon. It appears that this team has checked out already, which isn't that surprising considering that its used to be jostling for playoff position not the No. 1 draft pick.
If the Colts were to land the first pick in the draft, they would have to take Luck, but no football fan outside of Indy should want this to happen. Instead of seeing Luck play right away, football fans would be forced to wait until Manning hung up the cleats for good.