With the Cowboys headed for the top of the draft board come April, we thought we'd get a jump start on introducing you to the players who could wind up being a big part of the next Cowboys team. First up is Andrew Luck.
Name: Andrew Luck
Why He Should Be the Pick: Right now, the Cowboys have a pretty solid chance at landing the first overall pick in the draft and Luck looks destined to be the first man off the board. He's number one on every draft analyst's big board and it would take a serious injury or dreadful showing at predraft workouts for him to lose his status. At 6'4", 235 pounds, he has prototypical size to go with a big arm and nimble feet in the pocket. He also scores well in the intelligence factor on two fronts. He's got the Stanford thing working for him and he's also the son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck.
More specifically for the Cowboys, choosing a quarterback is the fastest way to signal that there's a serious change afoot in your organization. Luck would give them a new face as they try to rebuild after the disaster of the 2010 season and, regardless of what you have on your roster already, it is damn hard to pass on a guy who looks like a franchise quarterback. They are the most valuable commodity this side of unobtanium and, unlike that fictional element, they actually exist.
And, from a somewhat selfish standpoint, a guy with a last name like Luck is a dream come true when it comes to writing headlines.
Why He Won't Be the Pick: The Cowboys are pretty well set at the quarterback position right now. Tony Romo has plenty of detractors, but even his biggest haters would probably agree to stipulate that the team has bigger problems than the quarterback position. If the Cowboys do wind up with the first overall pick, chances are that they will try to facilitate a trade down to pick up extra picks and stock their roster in other spots while keeping Romo under center for a few more years.
Likelihood He'll Become a Cowboy: Luck's chances of going first overall are probably in the 95 percent range, but his chances of playing in Dallas are much lower. We'll call it 10 percent, mostly thanks to Tony Romo's presence and the still hard to fathom thought that they'd have the worst record in all of football.
That said, the hiring of the next coach could change things dramatically. Romo might not be their cup of team, and you'd likely find a trading partner willing to surrender a few worthwhile picks for number nine and his hat. That's especially true if Stanford coach and hot candidate to move up the ladder Jim Harbaugh were to become the apple of Double J's eye.
For now, though, Luck is as big a long shot as a winning season.
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