According to our 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will go No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers in April's draft. This seems to be the consensus amongst NFL prognosticators. There is one problem, of course: Luck is a sophomore and has yet to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft.
While it seems hard to imagine a 21-year-old passing up $50 million (plus) to play another season in college, Luck may do just that. He comes from a well-off family that isn't in need of the money -- his father is an ex-NFL QB who is now the A.D. at West Virginia -- and Luck seems legitimately interested in continuing to attend Stanford and play college football.
Luck says after Monday night's Orange Bowl, he plans to make a checklist with his family to help decide whether to stay or go. In the meantime, his head coach Jim Harbough says he'll offer some advice. From the Palm Beach Post:
"I'm going to just tell him, 'Just do what's best for your family. Do what's best for yourself.' Andrew's got a great, supportive family. They're very smart and they will figure out what's best for Andrew."
If what's best for Andrew ends up being the NFL, then our last chance to see him as an amateur will be Monday night at 8 p.m. against the Virginia Tech Hokies. It should be must-see TV.