Last year, Andrew Luck shocked the football world by returning to Stanford for his junior year instead of entering the NFL Draft. It was a foregone conclusion that he would have been the first overall pick in the draft and would be halfway through his first NFL season as a starter.
With the college football season winding down, it is once again believed that Luck will leave Stanford and take his game to the NFL. Once again, if he were to come out, he is believed to be the No. 1 overall selection.
Ask any college football expert and he or she will tell you that there is no way Luck is going to pull a Matt Leinart and stay in school for his senior year. Of course, that was said last year too, especially when his coach, Jim Harbaugh, left the Stanford sideline to be the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Yet there he stayed to play one more season with his friends and teammates.
Andrew Luck is considered the best college quarterback prospect since John Elway and Peyton Manning. He runs a pro-style offense, has the freedom to call his own plays if he sees the need, is accurate with a strong arm and has great pocket presence.
What isn't being talked about, though, is that there are no guarantees in sports. Mike Tyson couldn't lose to Buster Douglas, the Patriots were going to beat the Giants to secure an unbeaten season and there was no way the Red Sox were going to miss the playoffs this year.
So while the odds are stacked in favor of Andre Luck entering the NFL Draft, occasionally the perfect storm of events will come together and throw common beliefs out the window.