For the past year, simply stating the name Andrew Luck had scouts and NFL teams salivating from their mouths. There was simply no getting away from Luck being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
The great Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Jr. at ESPN had this to say about Luck as a prospect:
It is seemingly unanimous among NFL scouts and front-office personnel that Stanford redshirt junior Andrew Luck is the top quarterback prospect to come along in the past 30 years, a once-in-a-generation player almost guaranteed to become an immediate star at the next level.
While it’s hard to argue with every scout in the world on their position with Luck, the question that needs to be asked is what if they’re wrong? What if Andrew Luck is a complete bust?
And I’m not talking about a freak, career-ending injury type bust a la Greg Oden, I’m talking about simply-not-being-a-good-enough-football-player-to-make-it-in-the-league bust. If that seemingly unthinkable becomes a realization, is the NFL ruined?
Now, before you start going all crazy, hear me out for a second. Can you remember the last time that every single person in the world felt the same way about a prospect? Sure, we’ve seen plenty of busts come from a No. 1 quarterback, but JaMarcus Russell, Akili Smith and Jeff George all had major questions surrounding their game coming out of college.
The same can’t be said for Luck. Ask 100 different scouts, experts and “draftniks” and they’ll all say the same thing, “Luck is the greatest quarterback prospect in years.”