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If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:29 pm
What happens if Stanford QB Andrew Luck returns to school next year (Getty)? Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote in his MMQB this week that he’s hearing Stanford QB Andrew Luck is thinking about returning to college for another season and not becoming the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Which would be a brutal blow for the Panthers (but, now that I think about it, a great twist for Jimmy Clausen).

That said, if Luck doesn’t come out for the 2011 Draft, who are some of the top candidates? The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person has some ideas. Here’s his list (click on his link to see their pros and cons):

-Auburn DT Nick Fairley

-Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers

-Georgia WR A.J. Green

-LSU CB Patrick Peterson

-Auburn QB Cam Newton

And our friends at the College Football Blog bring up another name in Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

Some food for thought: QBs (Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford) have been taken No. 1 in the past two Drafts and in 10 of the past 13 years. A WR hasn’t been taken No. 1 since the Jets grabbed Keyshawn Johnson in 1996. Dan Wilkinson was the last DT to go No. 1, and that occurred in 1994.

And for what it’s worth (and though Peterson and Amukamara won’t like to hear this), a cornerback has never been picked No. 1. And this thing has been going on since 1936.

Instead, perhaps Carolina should heed the advice of our fellow bloggers: if Luck stays in school, perhaps the Panthers should avoid the heartache and simply trade down their pick.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:22 am

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:11 am

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2010 4:13 pm

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

Great article. The writer brought something different to the table than other writers. Rather than assuming that Andrew Luck will enter the draft the writer actually considered what the draft board would look like if Luck stayed in college. Anyone who says that they know what Harbaugh and Luck will do are a bunch of liars. Because if these guys were really clairvoyant then wouldn't they have won the lottery. Or how about winning big by wagering on long shots in the 4 major Americans sports. 
What people have not considered is that no one wants to play for Carolina. When I play Madden football I never choose Carolina. Plus Luck is from Texas and I'm sure he grew up watching the Cowboys in his youth. He is a much better QB than Romo, Kitna and McGhee. You know that Jerry Jones would do whatever it take to draft Luck if Jones hire Harbaugh. So if Luck is going anywhere it is to Dallas...and maybe San Francisco if Harbaugh does become their coach. 
I normally don't speculate where coaches and players should go, but this time I cannot resist. Maybe it's that the 49ers have missed the playoffs for 8 straight years...a feat matched only by the equally and perhaps more inept Raiders. Which is really strange because Al Davis wants to win...but all he knows how to do is lose. I hope Jed York does not consult with Al Davis on how to build a successful football team. He clearly has forgotten how to build a winning team.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:21 pm

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

Luck will come out:  Harbaugh's not sticking around, and that'll be the push he needs to say "hm, that's quite the wad of cash over there..."

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