Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/27/13
In 2012 the Indianapolis Colts selected Andrew Luck quarterback from the Stanford Cardinal with the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. At the time, the decision was questioned because the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin 3 was available. Looking back at that decision the Colts have seemed to make one of the best draft choices in recent history. Luck in his first year with the Colts shined. He came out of the college game with attributes of a bold personality, smart, well spoken and charisma that all help make a great NFL quarterback. Luck majored in architecture at Stanford and used the idea of angles and degrees to help in his football career. In an interview with the popular College Gameday, Luck spoke on how he used angles while reading coverages. He would use what he learned in the classroom on how close a defender was covering a receiver and the arch and velocity needed to complete a pass in tight coverage. Luck's smarts and mindset towards the game of football makes it obvious to see why he was a Heisman finalist multiple times at Stanford and soon be the best quarterback in the NFL. In his rookie season last year Luck completed 54 percent of his passes. Luck also accumulated over 4,000 passing yards with 23 touchdowns. The downside of his rookie campaign was his 18 interceptions, but he has to have some weakness in his rookie season right? His amazing productivity in his first year in the NFL makes you only think just how special can this kid be? There are several reasons I feel Luck will be recognized as the leagues best quarterback in five years. One of the big reasons is that we will be seeing the end of the careers for several future hall of fame quarterbacks. These would include the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Luck will soon be in a league of his own with fellow quarterbacks looking up at him, much like we have seen with Brady and Manning the past decade. The careers of Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Drew Brees will also be coming to a close in about five years which makes Luck's climb to the top even more certain. Luck has qualities that all of these quarterbacks and some of these qualities surpass some of the other quarterbacks I mentioned. For instance, Luck has the accuracy of Brees, but unlike Brees, Luck has the height and size. Luck also has the control of the game as you would see by Manning and Brady, but has developed this skill at a younger age than Manning or Brady did. The other big reason I see Luck being the cream of the crop in quarterback conversations is the talent that he has had assembled around him. The trade the Colts made getting Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns adds to the talent pool that the Colts are slowly building up. Richardson has been paired with Ahmad Bradshaw, which now makes a dangerous 1-2 punch at running back for Indianapolis. Luck also has a big play wide receiver in Reggie Wayne. Luck also has one of his favorite tight ends from his playing days at Stanford. Along with drafting Luck from Stanford, the Colts also drafter Coby Fleener from Stanford. Fleener and Luck was a great combination in their time at Stanford and have carried that chemistry with them to the Colts. I feel having familiar players around him like Fleener will help Luck develop into even a better quarterback. The key to this part of the formula will be the Colt's ability to sing and keep all of this talent that is being surrounded around Luck. The salary cap could play a big role in that as it does with every team, but the more of these young talented guys the Colts can keep the better Luck will be. So, Luck in five years will have most of the top ten current NFL quarterbacks retired from the league or very close to doing so. Luck will also have a young talent pool around him that will continue to grow right along side Luck. This will help develop chemistry and an understanding of game plans that will help Luck's future be even brighter. We all are witnessing a future great quarterback come of age right before our eyes every week. If the injury bug stays away from Luck and things unfold similar to the way I laid out previously, I believe Luck will be headed to Canton, Ohio to have his name enshrined in the NFL hall of fame. Luck is a great player that will only get better and as fans we should all sit back and be thankful that we can enjoy the career that is sure to follow for Luck and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts. 
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