My Take on Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck has been a hot topic of late. Most have acclaimed him the best QB prospect since 1983 while a few have stated their doubts about his exalted status. I watched numerous Stanford games last year on TV, I went to the Orange Bowl in January to see Stanford play Virginia Tech, and recently, I watched the USC and Oregon games in their entirety. First, let me state that every college QB will have flaws to fix when they turn pro
... EVERY QB ... and Luck is no different. What has pro personnel so excited is the fact that Luck has far more outstanding attributes than flaws.
When I saw Luck play on TV last year something stuck out to me other than his noted attributes. When I went to the Orange Bowl to see Luck live it hit me again. I got to the game early because I wanted to see Luck warm up, I wanted to see if what I thought I saw on TV transcended to seeing him live. While Luck stood still playing catch with his receivers I noticed that he took the ball from holding it at the numbers (good technique) to dropping it down to his waste during his deliberate throwing motion (bad technique). As I watched him, it didn't change throw after throw. While watching him during the game, I didn't see this exaggerated, long, deliberate motion but something still stuck out. This year the TV camera showed him warming up before the USC game and I noticed the same thing that I saw at the Orange Bowl.
The one flaw that I see is a lack of arm speed. Luck warms up improperly and I believe it has led to his lack of arm speed when he throws in games. In college, a QB can get away with it because his guys are wide open, but in the NFL, he will have to work on getting the ball out of his hands much quicker once he decides to throw the ball. If I were working with Andrew Luck once his season is over, I would focus on drills to speed up his throwing motion. Can this be fixed? Absolutely it can. Andrew Luck will be able to step in and play in the NFL right away. He is smart, athletic, and accurate. He has excellent footwork, he has size, he is physically and mentally tough, and he can lead. Luck will go to a bad football team, he will have to get the ball out of his hands quickly or he will get hit a lot, while getting picked off far too often. I love this young man's upside as a pro QB, I think that he will be terrific, but he does need to clean up a flaw that I see.