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Posted Sept. 14, 2010
Stanford vs. UCLA
12 QB Andrew Luck
48 FB Owen Marecic
10 OLB Akeem Ayers
3 FS Rahim Moore
1st - 14:53 - 5-step drop ... stares down receiver entire way ... poor footwork, left foot steps out which causes an errant throw that is too higher for 6'2 WR
1st - 14:48 - Seems to short arm throw ... releases ball to late causes low throw - incomplete
1st - 14:44 - Stares down receiver and DL anticipates ball, tips it
1st - 12:25 - Stares down receiver again, but reads defense well and throws an accurate ball to WR in flat ... understood the zone concept and got a first down
1st - 11:50 - Excellent play action on the fake toss ... Shows marginal yet adequate athleticism to get first down with legs
1st - 10:36 - Smart decision to keep football and run
1st - 9:38 - Nice job throwing on run - smooth ... throws accurate pass ... important to note this play doesn't "wow" me - his WR was fairly wide open and I don't see elite talent level yet
1st - 7:01 - Accurate pass on 3rd & 7 and shows solid arm strength ... very smooth
1st - 4:09 - Post corner route pass is floated too much - released ball too early ... poor touch on pass
1st - 1:50 - EXCELLENT FOOTBALL IQ here (2nd & G) ... sees that nobody is open, does a good job of staying in bounds and jumps to avoid going out of bounds - throws an incomplete ball at same time to avoid loss of yardage ... this play is a great example of instincts, "feel for the game" and football IQ
1st - 1:40 - Bad throw ... WR was open on slant, but ball was too high - this should be a throw on the waist ... I think this is correctable with experience
2nd - 13:41 - Nice job not throwing bad pass and goes through all progression ... nice checkdown to RB for big gain ... accurate ball and puts it in front of RB in stride
2nd - 8:14 - Terrible pass ... way too high for 6'6 TE
2nd - 7:01 - Very nice throw off balance, but incomplete (broken up by DB)
3rd - 9:34 - Inaccurate throw - too low ... shows just above average arm strength here on 12-yard comeback from far hash ("NFL throw")
3rd - 9:30 - Outstanding decision to run with ball ... great football IQ
3rd - 8:55 - Inaccurate throw on the run- too low
3rd - 8:15 - Floats deep ball AGAIN ... hangs it up there and safety breaks it up
3rd - 1:11 - Shows a lot of toughness in lowering shoulder to go for rushing TD
Summary: Luck is a smooth, efficient QB that plays like a first round pick (though I didn't see a top 10 talent on tape). He has adequate mobility and athleticism to gain yardage with his legs. However, I am concerned with his shaky passing accuracy
and he floated deep balls twice on the only couple where I remember his receiver wasn't wide open. Will be interesting to see if he improves as a passer as the year goes on - and I DO NOT mean
statistically - I mean on the tape.
1st - 11:50 - Good instincts - once he saw Luck wasn't throwing him the ball he immediately went to block adn took out FS to max yardage
1st - 10:22 - Nice, powerful lead block out of I-form on DE (LT blocks SAM)
1st - 11:18 - Completely unblocked and gets TFL
1st - 10:22 - Outstanding job of taking on block ... simply lowers his shoulder and boulds over TE ... very nice feel for the game here (fun play to watch)
1st - 4:02 - Nice tackle on stretch run ... good job of diagnosing it
2nd - 8:45 - Nice job disengaging from FB to make tackle
2nd - 1:39 - Makes powerful hit ... Ayers definitely has some toughness and power to his game
3rd - 8:09 - Good motor making play from weakside - chasing down to hit ballcarrier ... Ayers seems to have intangibles of a football player ... not finesse or disinterested
4th - 11:32 - I LOVE how despite not being involved at all in a play on a sweep to opposite side of field, he hits #82 just because he feels like it and he is mad his team is down 28-0, but this wasn't unsportsmanlike conduct it was perfectly legal and he wasn't out of control ... Ayers really does have a killer instinct. I love his attitude - he's a competitor
2nd - 11:08 - Shows 4.4 speed on this FS blitz and hurries QB ... has been nearly invisible all game
2nd - 8:07 - Doesn't get deep enough in drop, and gets beat deep, takes poor angle to ball ... absolutely no excuses for a Cover 1 out of a "1st round free safety"
3rd - 2:05 - Nice job in run support, works through trash well here
3rd - 1:17 - Fails to break up pass when had opportunity
@Mark C. I was going to point out to Walter that people can actually travel and most people attending games don't live within walking distance of the stadiums. A 4 or 5 hour drive to go see a game is absolutely nothing. It's only 8 regular season home games each season after all.
Here we are a little over a month away from the big draft. Last year at this time the big trades were happening. Fantasy Football junkie so I love the draft. Had a few thoughts on the top 6 players from the 2016 draft ( was cool how they actually panned out ) so I thought I`d do it again this year. Went with 12 players this year.
Most intriguing ?? Watson-Trubisky-Mahomes & Kizer... Once again , just like last year, the QB position has the most questions and interest.
Safest picks? Garrett-Thomas-Adams & Barnett all look nfl ready.
Most athletic? Peppers-Samuel-Melifonwu & Ross... (GARRETT)
Just wow on how deep this draft class is.