Posted Thu Jan 6th by Monty
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has opted to return for his fourth year at the university in lieu of declaring himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft, Stanford announced Thursday. Had he entered the draft, consensus is Luck would have been a Top 3 pick, if not the top overall selection.
This means the Denver Broncos, who draft 2nd overall in the draft, can eliminate one prospect from its list of draft candidates. It also increases the already-strong likelihood the team would move forward with someone in-house at quarterback in 2011 — either Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow.
Furthermore, it eliminates Luck from the Carolina Panthers‘ draft board (who draft first), which means they’ll be drafting elsewhere as well.
Bottom line: now one less (defensive) player the Broncos really want might not be available when the Commish announces Denver is on the clock in April.