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ESPN's Ron Jaworski ranks Andrew Luck as NFL's fourth-best quarterback

ESPN's Ron Jaworski is counting down the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and the Colts' Andrew Luck is number four on his list.

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is entering his fourth season in the NFL as already one of the league's best quarterbacks, and despite the fact that he broke Peyton Manning's franchise record for most single-season passing yards and led the league in touchdown passes in 2014, Luck figures to be even better in 2015.  With a loaded supporting cast around him on the offensive side of the football, the MVP award is certainly in play for Luck.

He has consistently been ranked among the top quarterbacks in football this offseason, including by ESPN's Ron Jaworski.  In his countdown of the league's best quarterbacks, he has Luck ranked fourth.

"It's not just his size and athleticism," Jaworski said.  "It's his complete physical and mental skillset with a refined feel for the subtle nuances of the position.  It's hard to focus on a single trait with Luck because you check all the boxes when you study him.  The Monday night game against the Giants was fascinating.  New York's approach was heavy blitz.  Luck continually beat it.  Luck may be the toughest pocket quarterback in the league.  He's both fearless and unmindful of pressure.  Few quarterbacks have Luck's strength and power as both a play extender and a scrambler.  He adds a red zone dimension with his ability to run.  But it was as a passer that Luck really excelled in the red zone - 23 touchdowns and only one interception… Luck was also outstanding on third down.  His passer-rating of 112.7 was the third best in the league and his 16 touchdown passes on the money down led the NFL.  As he enters his fourth season, Andrew Luck has all the traits you look for."

Though the top three on the list haven't been announced yet, it's pretty easy to see who they are when looking at the rest of the list - the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, the Patriots' Tom Brady, and the Broncos' Peyton Manning appear to be the three quarterbacks that Jaworski ranks ahead of Luck.  Directly behind Luck is the Seahawks' Russell Wilson at number five, and then Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo and Joe Flacco round out the top ten.

Luck is fourth on this list now, but he could continue to rise after the 2015 season.  His wide receivers have looked great in camp, and so has the quarterback - as he has been dropping beautiful passes to his wideouts in stride all throughout camp.  It has been impressive to watch and gives plenty of reason to think he could reach even bigger heights this year - despite already being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.