Ripple Effect: How Stanford’s Andrew Luck May Just Set an NFL Draft Trend

January 6, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Today the NFL draft got a bit shaken up. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, virtually a lock for the No. 1 overall pick, announced that he would stay at Stanford because he is "committed to earning my degree."
Luck was in the top 10 of all FBS quarterbacks in completion percentage, passer rating and touchdowns, while leading his Cardinals to an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
Now of course this leads to the question of who will be the new No. 1 choice, but also who will still enter?  
With Luck staying at Stanford, he not only sends a message that he is, as he says, committed, but also that maybe he is not so sure there will be a next year in the NFL.
Now, Luck is a smart kid, and many other pro prospects such as Cam Newton, may see this and question their entrance to the draft as well. Out of Scouts Inc.'s top 32 prospects, 16 are draft-eligible underclassmen, four of them being in the top five.
So what does this mean for the draft? It means t...

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