2012 Draft Prospect Profile: Andrew Luck

Editor’s note: Welcome to our 2012 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Scott DelleFave. Scott will be putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.

If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Scott and request he put a profile together. You can email him at theprofessorsd@billsmafia.com with a request.

So, the series isn’t going to be Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Scott will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall the goal is to educate you on all the names you’ll hear called in April.

Andrew Luck: QB, Stanford (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Andrew Luck: QB, Stanford (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck
6′ 4″ 235 lbs.
Stanford Cardinal
Junior (RS)

The Good:
Andrew is the ideal quarterback for the National Football League, big frame, and played in the coveted pro-style system under Stanford Head Coaches John Harbaugh and David Shaw. He has academic and football intelligence levels that are off the charts, which in turn will help him pick up the professional game quicker. Similar to current elite quarterback Peyton Manning, he has exploited defenses by changing the play at the line of scrimmage.

The Bad:
There are very few weaknesses in his game but through some hypercritical analysis, he has a strong arm, just not the strongest in this draft class and he sometimes throws the ball into too tight of a window, which can be coached out with repetition and discipline at the pro level.

The Skinny:
Andrew Luck is arguably the best NFL quarterback prospect to emerge in recent memory, it will be difficult to live up to the hype he has around him, at least in his first few years unless he wins a Super Bowl in his first season.

NFL Comparison:
John Elway, Hall of Fame Denver Broncos Quarterback

NFL Draft Projection:
Top 3 Pick