Posted by Uncle Rico 1:15 ET
According to Jason La Canfora the Denver Broncos have traded wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams in advance of today’s trade deadline. The trade will reunite Lloyd with Josh McDaniels, now the offensive coordinator of the NFL’s worst offense for the 0-5 St. Louis Rams. There is no denying Lloyd’s skill and uncanny ability to make difficult catches, but his Pro Bowl season of 2010 seems to be a deviation from a largely pedestrian career.
More importantly, The Denver Post’s Jim Armstrong examines the shadow Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is casting on the Broncos game in South Florida next Sunday. At stake is the potential to draft the player former University of Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt, now a Pac-12 TV analyst and talk-show host on 102.3 FM The Ticket, said would be a star in the NFL – right now.
“He’s the fifth-best quarterback on the face of the planet,” Klatt said.
Klatt ranks Luck behind Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, a healthy Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. That’s it. So Luck is ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, and Matt Ryan? Klatt continued “I’ve watched every snap he’s had this year and some from last year. He manipulates the defense constantly with his eyes. His football acumen is so superior to any other college player I’ve ever seen. It just kind of jumps off the tape.”
Perhaps Klatt’s evaluation is a little aggressive, but it’s impossible to find an NFL talent evaluator or analyst that doesn’t believe Luck is the real deal.
“He’s a franchise quarterback,” former NFL scout Dave Razzano said. “This kid’s as tough as nails. He’s a big guy (6-foot-4, 238 pounds) who can run. He punishes defenders. He’s kind of like a linebacker at times. He’s a great leader in the locker room, and in the huddle he rallies the troops.”
And SI.com’s Peter King offers that the widely held view of many NFL scouts is that Luck may not be a better prospect than John Elway, but he’s in the same league as Elway. Enough said.
Armstrong knows that if the Broncos organization wants to reverse its fortunes, the key is not winning games this year.
“[Broncos fans have] clamored for Tebow and, now that his time has come, they want him to stay. To those misguided souls, we offer three words of advice: Watch. The. Tape. Tebow is a college superstar hoping he’s not a square peg in a round hole as an NFL quarterback. Luck? Unless every NFL scout ought to be bagging groceries at Kurt Warner’s alma mater, he’s a 17th Street parade waiting to happen. The kid calls his own plays. In college! The Broncos, if they’re going to have any chance at drafting Luck, need to take a knee. They need blown coverages, botched assignments and the occasional arrest or suspension. And if it’s third-and-12, a nice fullback-up-the-middle would be just the ticket.”