This offseason, NFL Network has been counting down their list of the top 100 players of 2015 as voted on by fellow NFL players. This list is based heavily on the 2014 season and has it's fair share of issues, but it's an interesting discussion topic in the offseason if nothing else.
The list concludes tonight with the top ten being revealed, and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made the list at number 7. Luck is the fourth Colts player revealed on the list, joining wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (35), cornerback Vontae Davis (59), and kicker Adam Vinatieri (98).
It is certainly high praise for Andrew Luck to be named to the top ten of this list by his fellow players after just his third season, and it is well deserved. In 2014 Luck completed 380 of 616 passes (61.7%) for 4,761 yards (breaking Peyton Manning's single-season franchise record), 40 touchdowns (leading the entire NFL) and 16 interceptions for a passer rating of 96.5, also adding 273 yards and three touchdowns on the ground (averaging 4.3 yards per carry). Luck became the eighth player in league history to throw for at least 40 touchdowns in a season and became just the seventh to do so while also topping 4,750 yards passing.
Luck presents a huge threat to opposing defenses, as he can beat you in a variety of ways. He can throw the ball very well, he can extend plays with his legs, he can make plays with his legs running the football, and he's very smart. He is quickly becoming one of the harder players to stop in the league thanks to his skill-set, and it makes a lot of sense for players to notice and rank him highly on this list. Regardless of just how good you think Andrew Luck is (hint: he's really good and one of the best in the league), there's no denying that he is very tough to defend, something players probably heavily factor in for a list like this.
And here's the best part about it for Colts fans: despite the fact that Andrew Luck had a terrific season in 2014 and has already emerged as one of the league's best quarterbacks, he's likely to just continue to get better, including in 2015. So congratulations to Andrew Luck for making the top ten of this list, but he's likely to be ranking pretty high on this list for a number of years to come.