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2011 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Will Draft Andrew Luck If Available, According To Report

If quarterback Andrew Luck decides to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft, it means that Monday night's Orange Bowl was his final game at Stanford (not a bad way to go out). It also means he'll be joining the Carolina Panthers. 

According to a report at ESPN, which quotes "two high-ranking team officials," the Panthers are set on drafting Luck with the No. 1 overall pick come April. 

While it may be a bit premature to decide your first-round pick before meeting with him or putting him through a workout, Luck has been considered the No. 1 pick for some time now by NFL draft experts, and chances are the Panthers have already seen everything they need to see (especially after Monday night's performance: 18-for-23, 287 yards and four touchdowns). 

The Panthers have already stated that they won't even consider trading down if Luck declares. Of course, this is all a moot point if Luck, a redshirt sophomore, decides to return to Stanford for another season -- something he is in fact considering.