Report indicates Panthers will select Andrew Luck with first pick in 2011 NFL Draft--if he's available

By Dan Parzych

According to ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, the Carolina Panthers will use the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Standford quarterback Andrew Luck–that is if he does decide to leave school early.Luck has less than two weeks to decide whether or not he will enter April’s draft and is coming off a phenomenal 2010 campaign in which he threw for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns. If he does declare himself eligible, Luck will be one of the top prospects in this year’s class–which is why it would be difficult for the Panthers to pass on him.

While Carolina was hoping last year’s second-round pick Jimmy Clausen would end up being the type of quarterback to build a franchise around, his rookie season drew questions on whether or not that could happen. With a weak receiving corps, the former Notre Dame star failed to cross 200+ passing yards even once his rookie season and completed just three touchdown passes in 13 games played–which is why there seems to be a reason for concern.

However, Clausen could still end up being an effective quarterback for Carolina with more experience, but it would be foolish to pass on a player with the talent Luck possesses. Lucky for the Panthers, Clausen’s contract is cheap–which means they could afford drafting Luck if he does end up leaving school early.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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