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A Step Above

Andrew Luck works the pocket well, displays good footwork and doesn't back up in the face of pressure like other prospects. Luck's mental clock is particularly impressive. He hangs in as long as possible to give receivers time to get open, knows how to sidestep pressure up the middle and is adept at stepping up to avoid edge rushers. He won't require a lot of shotgun looks as he develops because he already has the instincts to manage the pocket.

John Elway might have been a better runner than Luck, but he was not as technically sound in the pocket. Luck excels at keeping his eyes downfield and his footwork intact as he moves in the pocket, whereas film of Elway shows him bringing his eyes down to assess pressure, then back up when he's in the clear.

Luck has had the protection of fellow first-rounders OT Jonathan Martin and G David DeCastro this season and will surely face a bigger pass rush in the NFL, but he's certainly equipped to handle it. -- Mel Kiper and Todd McShay