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2012 NFL Draft Spotlight: Andrew Luck

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2012 NFL Draft Spotlight: Andrew Luck

So I was pretty sick last Friday and as I lay near death the one thing that rang out over and over in my mind was that I was missing that week's Draftwatch.

We can never have that Friday back, but what I can do it give you this, the long awaited launch of this year's series of Draft prospect videos.

I'm hoping to pound out one a week between now and the Draft itself and double up a few weeks assuming that another piece of the puzzle falls where I expect it to.

I'll explain THAT piece of confusion another time though. For now, please take this first video as my effort to make up for being plague-ridden last Friday.

There will be a new Draftwatch this week, so keep an eye out for that Thursday or Friday.

I'm starting these videos with some name guys you'll know and giving you my take on them. After that, I'll be stretching into some of the lesser known players who should be on your radar.

I'll be trying to get over to the defensive side of the ball this year, as well as offensive line but due to the fact that network cameras don't focus on those players very much, I don't know how much I'll be able to do. I have a few ideas and we'll see if we can pull it off.

For now, here's the very first 2012 NFL Draft Spotlight with the guy who is currently the assumed number one overall pick: Andrew Luck.

Enjoy and I'll be back after the video!

I like Luck a ton and there honestly isn't much to pick apart here. He makes a few bad decisions to be sure, but I'd rather have an overconfident quarterback than a guy who is too afraid to throw, such as Brady Quinn.

Luck is going to struggle with the Colts (let's assume they take him because, can you screw that up? Don't answer that). However he will eventually emerge as their leader on the field and in the clubhouse and will help bring that franchise back from the black hole it fell into.

He might even be a better fit for that franchise now than Manning has been. There, I said it.

Luck is as close a 'can't miss' prospect as you will see anytime soon.

That said, while he is the safer pick, Robert Griffin III has more upside. How much? Well, that's a question to answer next week.

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packsmack25's picture

Who the hell is Andrew Luck?

andrewgarda's picture

Small school prospect. Few people know about him. He's my dark horse this year.

PackersRS's picture

Let's make this clear. Luck is the best prospect in this year's draft, no question. I, like almost everybody, agree that there's little chance he won't pan out. Luck will be a very good QB in this league. He has enough physical tools to go along with extraordinaire intangibles.

That being said, his deep throw accuracy and arm strenght aren't elite. He has the tendency to trust his pre-snap read too much and throw blindly, that may fly in college but that's a dream scenario for teams like the Packers, Steelers and Jets that disguise their coverage almost every time. And the key aspect, he played in a run-first offense. He always could hand the ball to the RB and get positive yardage. He's not gonna have anything like that with the Colts. He'll have to do it by himself. While all that is nitpicking, being an elite QB in the NFL is all about nitpicking.

Excellent, can't miss prospect? Yes. Future Hall of Famer like some are painting? It's way too early to say.

packsmack25's picture

He's Matt Ryan but without the bad decisions. He's gonna be a good one, although I really would love to see him fail because it would be quite poetic.

PackersRS's picture

Luck's arm is not THAT bad...

andrewgarda's picture

There are always nits to pick. At some point you (not you but the YOU of everyone) get to looking so hard that sometimes minor concerns get played up. I don't think his down-field accuracy is bad, though occasionally he trusts his arm too much in general.

Like I said, no such thing as a can't miss prospect but he's pretty damned solid.

PackersRS's picture

I used the wrong word. Tried hard not to use bad in the first post because it is not bad at all. It's a good/very good arm, with great short and medium accuracy and speed, with good downfield accuracy and speed.

Like I said, great prospect, just not the perfect some paint, and you certainly did not.

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