Andrew Luck Scouting Report
#12 Andrew Luck 6’4” 240 6th Year, Stanford
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Andrew Luck put together an impressive campaign in 2016 all while playing through a lingering injury When Luck is playing at his best and everything around him is working optimally he has performed at an elite level and has looked like one of the better quarterbacks we have seen over the course of the past decade. Surrounding Luck with talent both on defense and offense has been somewhat of a struggle during his time in Indy. Luck is locked in with a big money contract and is entering the prime of his career. 2017 represents an opportunity for the Colts and Luck to take the next step and make a deep playoff run.
Luck has the ability to place the football where he wants to when he wants to. A very comfortable player with loads of game experience both collegiately and at the professional level. Luck has an inclination to want to survey post snap and play late into the down. Doing this creates opportunities down the field that otherwise would not have been there if the ball would have came out faster and is a big reason why Luck may be the best deep ball thrower in the league (particularly down the middle of field). In addition to wanting to play late into the down, Luck also has a propensity to slide, move and navigate the pocket often. This is something that has produced big plays both in the run and pass game but also has led to multiple injuries that have taken Andrew off the field and forced him to miss time. Luck after all, is very quick twitched and displays excellent agility and suddenes within the pocket. This is the Andrew Luck conundrum. He possesses every trait you would want in a signal caller and is able to play the game with his mind before the snap utilizing timing and anticipation however he is much like Aaron Rodgers in his fearless and on the edge nature as he views himself as a playmaker. As a result Luck often bypasses quick ryhthmic throws to hold the ball longer waiting for something to develop down the field. He shows the ability to do everything through the air - throwing with touch to ensure completion at the intermediate levels, throwing on the run, navigating the pocket with his eyes up not looking at the rush as well as anticipating windows down the field. As alluded to earlier, the weakest part of his game is he often avoids throwing with great anticipation in favor of surveying for an extra beat. Luck played some of the best of his career in December (2016). He was single handedly won games for the Colts, specifically against the Jets and Vikings due to his play. His performance against Minnesota essentially knocked themout of post-season contention as he continually beat the Vikings defense with deft ball placement and touch all day long.
Unfortunately, Luck is not expected to actively participate in training camp due to lingering issues from offseason shoulder surgery. When he returns expectations will still be extremely high and the Colts have done some work to bolster their defensive unit in hopes of supporting Luck more in 2017. How fast he progresses in August will be something to monitor as the team may have to turn to Scott Tolzien or Stephen Morris early in the year.
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