Andrew Luck Returns to Stanford: 49ers out of Luck for the 2011 Draft?

January 6, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Just as predicted, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was the first player to come off the board of the 2011 NFL Draft. No, the NFL has not changed the rules and allowed the Carolina Panthers to take Luck three and half months early, nor has Luck reached an agreement in principle with the Panthers ahead of the draft.
Instead, Luck surprised nearly everyone by choosing to forego the 2011 NFL Draft and return to Stanford for his redshirt junior season.
Luck’s motivation in this decision is not entirely clear. In statements, he cited a desire to complete his degree and a fear of regretting leaving college early. That may be true, but one would have to question the soundness of the decision—from a financial standpoint at least.
By definition, Luck’s draft stock cannot improve from where it already is. While he may ultimately enter the draft as a better player and a more polished, NFL-ready QB, his overall draft position is likely to fall, and a there may well...

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