Biography: Three-year starter named to several All-American teams since his freshman season. Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year the past two years. Junior totals included 71.3%/3517 yards/37 TDs /10 interceptions. Sophomore numbers included 70.7%/3338/32/8.
Positives: Smart, consistent quarterback with a complete game. Patien tin the pocket, buys time for receivers and remains poised under the rush. Knows where his receivers are on the field, throws with a sense of timing and releases the ball with proper mechanics. Sells ball fakes, gets outside the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield looking for targets. Displays outstanding field sense and pocket awareness. Quickly locates the open receiver, takes the safe underneath outlet if nothing is available and spreads the ball around the field.Stands in the pocket and takes the big hit in order to get the throw away.Improvises when plays break down. Loses no speed on passes throwing on the move. Throws a catchable accurate pass, puts touch on throws when necessary. Gets the ball through tight windows, gives his receivers a chance to make the reception and effectively places passes were only his target can catch the ball.
Negatives: Stares down the primary target and often slow going to secondary receivers. Does not possess a blistering arm with the ability to drive deep throws.
Analysis: Luck was consistently productive and played at a high level for Stanford the past three years. He's accustomed to playing a professional style of football and enters the draft NFL-ready. He possesses the physical skills, leadership abilities and all the intangibles necessary to carry a franchise at the next level. Luck is as close to a sure-thing at quarterback since Peyton Manning.
Peter Read Miller
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