<
>

The Andrew Luck fallout

For those dreaming of a Stanford quarterback tandem of past and present in Denver, it’s time to wake up.

Stanford's current quarterback, Andrew Luck, has announced he will return to The Farm for the 2011 season. Luck was considered the hands-down No. 1 pick in the draft. Carolina has the No.1 overall pick and Denver has the No. 2 pick.

There has been speculation that new Denver leader and former Stanford and Denver star quarterback John Elway would try to package a deal to move up and take Luck. Elway is a huge fan of Luck. That scenario was a long shot anyway, but now it is out of the question.

The Broncos will move forward with Tim Tebow.

But Luck’s decision does affect Denver. It now takes the top player out of the draft and the Panthers could now snag a different player Denver really wants. The Broncos are expected to look at the best defensive player available if they don’t trade down. Players Denver may look at are Clemson defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers and Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley.

Luck’s ouster from the defeat also shrinks the quarterback class. That could be relevant in the AFC West. I can see Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City all looking for young quarterbacks at some point in the draft.