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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Luck: Best young quarterback in the NFL

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- ESPN.com NFL writer Jeffri Chadiha has a nice piece looking at the top young quarterbacks in the league.

And, of course, No. 12 of the Indianapolis Colts is on the list. Andrew Luck is joined by Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. You might as well get these names engrained in your head because they're the quarterbacks of the future in NFL.

Chadiha talked to a number of people ranging from analysts to current and former players in the league.

Here’s how Chadiha broke it down. As you’ll find out below, the Colts made the right decision in taking Luck over RG III in 2012. And the Carolina Panthers, well, it doesn’t look good for them with Newton taking the snaps.

Intelligence
  1. Luck
  2. RGIII
  3. Wilson
  4. Kaepernick
  5. Newton
Comment: Luck took a 2-14 team in 2011 to 11-5 last season. Enough said.

Accuracy
  1. RGIII
  2. Wilson
  3. Luck
  4. Kaepernick
  5. Newton
Comment: Luck averaged a league-best 10.1 yards a throw last season. But he missed on 20 percent of his throws (over- or underthrown).

Durability
  1. Luck
  2. Wilson
  3. Kaepernick
  4. Newton
  5. RGIII
Comment: Luck took every snap last season despite being sacked 41 times. The Redskins are one good hit on RG III’s knee away from turning to their backup quarterback.

Supporting Cast
  1. Kaepernick
  2. Wilson
  3. RGIII
  4. Luck
  5. Newton
Comment: Luck leads this group of quarterbacks by accounting for 80 percent of the Colts’ offense since entering the league.

Urgency
  1. Wilson
  2. Luck
  3. Kaepernick
  4. RGIII
  5. Newton
Comment: Wilson was an afterthought to the rest of the quarterbacks taken ahead of him in 2012. He was a third-round pick who beat out the favorite Matt Flynn for the starting job in Seattle.

The Bottom Line – The most important category
  1. Luck
  2. RGIII
  3. Wilson
  4. Kaepernick
  5. Newton
Comment: The Colts are in good hands for at least the next decade.