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Factors in Luck’s decision

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2010 – 11:43 am

NFL.com writer Albert Breer has listed a few factors that will impact Andrew Luck’s decision on whether to turn pro or return to Stanford for the 2011 season.

In his column he wrote the following vignette about Luck.

Speaking of Luck, Stanford’s stud QB, he’s becoming a runaway favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. The question now, as we mentioned, is whether he declares or not. And there could be an interesting dynamic at work there: He’s expected by those who’ve been around him to factor in who has that selection in making his decision on whether or not to leave Stanford after this, his redshirt sophomore season.

His father, former NFL quarterback and current West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, is expected to be pretty involved in all of this as well. So keep an eye on that race for the first pick in December, and keep your memories from 2004 fresh. That was when Eli and Archie Manning orchestrated the son’s arrival in New York with the Giants. Something similar could happen again, but my understanding is that Luck would have no issue with returning to Stanford for another year.

One other factor that could dramatically impact Luck’s decision is whether or not his head coach Jim Harbaugh is successfully plucked from the college ranks to be a head coach for an NFL team.

Dallas is the only sure fire team to be in search of a head coach and with labor uncertainty some teams may be less likely to pull the trigger on firing their current coach to hire a new one, not knowing if there will be games in 2011.

Knowing that the team that holds the top draft pick will impact Luck’s decision though is going to make things tricky. However, West Virginia University, where Luck’s dad is the athletic director is only four and a half hours from Buffalo (I’ve done the drive). Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are the only teams in the NFL that are closer and one of those teams won’t be anywhere near the top of the draft board, nor will they be looking for a signal caller (Pitt.).

Unfortunately I’m doubting that proximity will hold any privileges.


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