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Mayock: Luck is great, but not a “once in a lifetime” prospect


NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is a big Andrew Luck fan. Luck is the top player on Mayock’s board, and Luck’s passion for the game reminds Mayock of Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.

Mayock just doesn’t see Luck as some sort of “once in a lifetime” prospect like others have indicated. (Yes, others means ESPN in this case.) Mayock compared Luck’s talent level more to someone like Sam Bradford.

That’s not an insult. Bradford was the top pick in the draft and Mayock is a big supporter of him. In terms of pure talent, Mayock said Luck isn’t quite at Peyton Manning’s level. He wouldn’t necessarily expect Luck to suddenly become Manning or Tom Brady.

Mayock also said on a conference call Wednesday that he loves “everything” about Robert Griffin III, calling the Heisman Trophy winner one of the most exciting players in the last few drafts. He thought the Browns would be well served to look at trading up for Griffin.

Add up the two comments, and this draft has two terrific quarterback prospects. There just isn’t as big of a gap between the two quarterbacks as we once imagined.