Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck did not have the greatest of rookie seasons last year, and was definitely overshadowed by rookie quarterbacks Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins. But I believe when it is all said and done that Luck will be the best out of all of them and here is why.
Luck is the most muscular, stocky, and the tallest out of the three quarterbacks, which will protect him in the long run of his career. He is also the only one out of those quarterbacks who is a pure pocket passer. Yes, Luck can also run when he needs to and is impressively fast for a man his size, at 6-foot-4 weighing 234-pounds, but unlike Wilson and Griffin III, he only runs when the pass is not available and the play breaks down. The other two love to scramble and run because of their gifted speed and agility, but they rarely stay in the pocket like Luck does. I stress this because it is a fact that if you look back in NFL history, the quarterbacks who become the most successful are the quarterbacks who stay in the pocket and fire passes to their receivers. Out of the three, Luck is the only one who consistently throws from the pocket.
Now Luck does have the tendency to scramble, but the Colts coaching staff is looking to fix that. And since he was a rookie last season, of course there is going to be a huge learning curve and it is understandable to make some mistakes.
Looking at the other two quarterbacks, Wilson is way too small at 5-foot-11 and is definitely no Drew Brees. I believe he will be a very good quarterback for some number of years but not great. Griffin III is a great player but already has had two major injuries in his rookie season. Griffin III’s greatest asset is his speed but it will also sadly be his downfall. His running ability has led him to a concussion and an ACL tear in his knee, and no matter how much talent Griffin III possesses, I cannot see him having a long NFL career.
So Luck is built, tall, throws from the pocket, and has very underrated speed. Not to mention Luck’s touchdown to interception ratio in his rookie season, at 23:18, was very similar to both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in their rookie seasons. That’s definitely the greatest of company to be involved with, if I do say so myself.
To sum this up, I believe all of this points in Luck’s favor to be the best of the rookie quarterbacks from the class of 2012.
Agree or disagree?