1. Andrew Luck
Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) calls out at the line against the New England Patriots in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
2013 Statistics: 3,822 passing yards, 60.2 CMP %, 27 total TDs (four rushing), 9 INTs, 62 QBR
There’s no other way to say it: Andrew Luck is a winner.
Out of all the perceived elite quarterbacks in the NFL, only one was able to beat Seattle Seahawks and its vaunted defense. It wasn’t Drew Brees or Peyton Manning.
It was Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
After setting the rookie record for passing yards in his rookie season with 4,374, and leading a Colts squad from a 2-14 mark to 11-5, Luck did it again in 2013.
Without tight end Dwayne Allen and wideout Reggie Wayne (for the latter half of the season), Luck led the Colts to and 11-5 record and yet another playoff berth. He’s as a football IQ comparable to that of Peyton Manning (he was able to call his own game during his redshirt sophomore year at Stanford) and has the arm strength of Kaepernick combined with the touch of Peyton Manning.
Check out this throw at his pro day (skip to 1:00)
Even though the throw was at his pro day in shorts and a t-shirt, it is still an impressive show of arm strength from the former first overall pick.
However, even though Luck has already solidified his place in the NFL, Russell Wilson is not far behind. With every playoff berth and playoff victory, Wilson inches closer and closer to Luck, who hasn’t had the success of Wilson in the playoffs.
But for now, Luck remains the quarterback to beat from the 2012 draft class.