Quarterback Scouting Report: Luck, Foles

Andrew Luck

QB, Stanford
6-foot-4, 235 pounds

Arm Strength
Excellent velocity. Gets ball out of his hand quickly. Can throw with touch and timing. Throws a laser-like ball. Can place ball downfield in tight spots between defenders.

His short and intermediate throws are on the money. Throws a catchable, tight spiral. Ball placement excellent where receivers can catch in stride and get positive yards. Very adept at throwing the fade route.

Poise in pocket
Can set feet and wait until last second to deliver strike. Will bail out at times if he sees a crease to run but has patience and waits for play to develop.

Very dangerous with ball in his hands. Outstanding speed for the QB position. Turns into a running back in space and will try to hurt defender at collision point.

Game management
Big time leader. Coach on the field. Wants ball with game on the line. Always aware of down/distance and rarely makes mental errors. Knows how to audible, recognize defensive adjustments.

Arguably the top player in college football and likely to get picked number one overall in next April's NFL draft. Has all the tools to be a franchise QB at the next level. Gifted size and athletic skill to match his mental toughness and overall approach to the game. Precision passer and decision maker. Doesn't force things on the field and will always take what the defense gives. His ability to pull it down and run is an added plus. Exemplary leadership qualities. Should lead Stanford to another double digit win season in 2011.

Nick Foles

Arizona, QB
6-foot-5, 242 pounds

Arm Strength
Outstanding velocity on all throws. Can drive the deep out on target. Throws a tight spiral. Can make a 25 yard throw under pressure with a flick of the wrist. Excellent ability to hit deep targets.

Constantly hits receivers in stride short and intermediate. Smooth throwing motion. Looks pin point most of the time. Rarely off target.

Poise in pocket
Stands tall in the pocket and not hurried or flushed easily. Keeps his eyes downfield and can make throws under heavy pressure. Decisive.

Primarily a tall pocket passer type but does have ability to scramble for the first down marker in a pinch. Not going to wow with speed, but has plenty of athletic ability.

Game Management
Seems to have command in the huddle, knows situations, down/distance. Confident under duress and in the red zone.

This 6-foot-5 senior prospect has one of the strongest arms in the nation and is clearly on fire after just two games into his final season. Has completed 76% of his throws for 810 yards and 6 TDs. He is a prototype pocket passer with poise and precision accuracy, and is as good a deep passer as there is in the college ranks right now. He is not gifted as a runner or mobile type improviser though he can throw accurately on the move at times. If given time to throw, this kid will pick a defense apart. He understands coverages and knows how to go through progressions to find the open man. Will be exciting to follow throughout the season. Similar in ability and play style to the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.


Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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