Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/30/11

Jim Trotter discusses the viability of young QBs in the NFL:

The question figures to be asked before the 2012 draft, in which Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to be selected No. 1 overall. Luck has been groomed in the ways of the NFL since he arrived on campus, first from former head coach Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback for 15 seasons in the NFL, and now from offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who spent nine years as an NFL assistant, learning offensive principles from respected strategists such as Norv Turner, Paul Hackett and the late Mike Heimerdinger.

"A big reason a lot of people feel like Andrew is the most NFL-ready quarterback to come out of college in some time is because we run, in every aspect of our offense, a pro-style system," says Hamilton. "The way we call plays, the things that we ask him to do in pass protection, the audibles that we ask him to manage at the line of scrimmage, our formations, our read system -- they're the same things that NFL teams are doing. They're running the exact same offense, verbatim, at the San Francisco 49ers that we're running here at Stanford."

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