Accuracy: Very good accuracy in the 5-15yd and 15-25yd ranges. Throws the ball to an area that the receiver will be in the best position to make the catch. Does a good job putting enough touch on the ball, so the ball is never thrown too hard or too soft. Can over throw receivers past the 30 yard range, especially to his right. Will look effortless as times throwing routes under 25 yards. Has great short accuracy but will let a few float deep. Would prefer to see him completing a higher percentage of throws past 25 yards.
Arm strength: Has shown the ability to push the ball down field. Luck has consistently connected on deep passes over 50 yards. There are no concerns about his ability to throw deep routes. Luck can spread the ball outside the hashes and deep up the seam. Stanford does run a pro system that does not ask Luck to throw deep often, preferring more of a West Coast attack. However, in workouts and few game opportunities, Luck has looked sharp throwing deep. Throws come out with a very tight spiral and do not flutter as they gain height or depth.
Athleticism/mobility: Luck is a surprising runner with good open field moves and the intelligence you hope your quarterback will have when moving outside the pocket. Some might see Luck as a weak runner, but this is not so. Luck has in the past taken on linebackers and defensive backs around the goal line (USC ’09) and is not afraid of contact. However, he will slide or duck out of bounds when needed.
Decision making: Generally makes the decisions you would want him to make. Luck will improvise when the opportunity is there. Does a good job making line calls and audibles. Is a very smart player, on par with Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan as college players. His decision making skills are everything you would want in a franchise quarterback. The biggest knock on Luck will be his lack of game experience. He has been a two-year starter at Stanford, but does not have 30+ starts. He will make mistakes and try to force plays. This is a sign of his immaturity in the position and not a flaw in his mechanics or intelligence.
Field vision: Keeps his head up and eyes down field. Doesn’t get caught looking at defenders. Excels at finding secondary receivers. Finds his men in zone coverage well. Finds openings in the defensive line and will run if the opportunity is there.
Mechanics: Quickly gets his head around on play action. Locates his receivers down field after taking his eyes off of them. Can turn his back to the receivers without losing them when flipping. Luck’s three step drop is very quick and efficient. He finds his primary receiver fast. Luck’s ability to execute and capitalize on play action is very impressive for a young player.
Will drop his arm at times when throwing deep. Lets his elbow get a little low during his wind up. Has a very good follow through. Swings his hips and midsection in to his throw. Has a very nice wrist flick at the end of his throw, making it look effortlessly. Squares up his shoulders to complete throws to the flats. Would like to see more lower body follow through on short passes to the flats.
Good footwork in and out of his drops. His steps show good depth and balance. First, second and third drop step are all equally spaced and on time. Has experience both under center and in the shotgun. You will see him throw off his back foot at times after play action. Throws well on the run going to his left and right. Very good at checking down his progressions when on the move.
Pocket awareness/poise: A tough player in the pocket. Luck is not afraid to be hit. Steps up and away from pressure very well. Is light on his feet. Takes very few sacks and will leave Stanford having been put on the ground little more than 10 times total.
Final word: Andrew Luck is only a red-shirt sophomore, but he already looks like one of the more polished players in the 2011 Draft class and should cement his spot as the #1 overall player should be declare for the Draft. Doubters will point to a tough game against UCLA in 2010, but Luck rebounded well from that game to throw four touchdowns against Wake Forest.
Lucking at Luck in comparison to other quarterbacks in this class, he stands above them head and shoulders. He does not have the best arm strength in the class, nor is he the most mobile, but Luck is an efficient passer and great leader.
Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback himself, has declared Luck is ready for the NFL now. Those closest to Luck feel he will enter the 2011 NFL Draft.