The NFL is clearly doing well, but what if Andrew Luck decided to forego his senior year at Stanford, and enter the NFL draft? If that was the case everything would be flipped upside down. Football Madness. Here we go!
Andrew Luck was considered a “once in a generation” type prospect, and was the sure fire 1st overall pick when he decided to come out. If Luck decided to forego his senior year, and enter the 2011 draft he would be the starting QB for the Carolina Panthers. How odd would that be? Which means Cam Newton would be the runner up prize, and fall directly into the lap of the Denver Broncos. Looking at it now, any person with good vision would take Newton over Luck, but that would not have been the case in 2011. So we have Luck in Carolina, and Newton in Denver. That right there just alters everything so much.
The next player taken in that draft? Von Miller. Von would be playing up near the border wearing a Bills jersey. That defense would simply be mind blowing.
The next few picks are ones that would also stir up the league. AJ Green, Julio Jones, Patrick Peterson, Aldon Smith, Tyron Smith, and yes JJ Watt. All of these players would be on different teams, which would be madness alone. Just imagine AJ Green on the Cardinals with Larry Fitz, Julio Jones on the 49ers, or JJ Watt on the Vikings. The 49ers may have won Superbowl XLVII with Julio on the team.
Lets look at things outside the draft though, as if it is not already crazy enough. With Cam being a solid QB in Denver, where the hell would noodle arm Manning be playing football? Arizona or San Fran if I am correct. Those were the two other teams that were close to landing him. With that being said, where would Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, or Colin Kaepernick be? Sounds like Smith would still be in KC, and Kaepernick would have never been discovered. Sounds like Carson Palmer could be playing for a team like Houston, Buffalo or St. Louis. Those are teams that could have really used a QB at that point. Just try and wrap you head around that.
There has to be a team I am forgetting, correct? Oh yeah, The Indianapolis Colts. Manning is long gone by 2012, which means with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft the Colts select who? Drum roll please! Robert Griffin the 3rd, the starting QB for the Indianapolis Colts. So once that 2 year forrest fire is over with in Indy, who is playing QB for the Colts? Who the hell knows, but the real question is: Does “Deflate Gate” ever happen? Thats a tough question, and something that can not be answered.Back to the players though, Trent Richardson, or even Ryan Tannehill would be selected second overall by the Washington Redskins. Not to mention Kirk Cousins would be much more developed by now, with 2 more years of action under his belt. WOW! That also effects where Luke Kuechly, Chandler Jones, and Dont’a Hightower possibly land.
Denver having a nasty QB by 2013 means trouble for Tom Brady for years to come. Do the Patriots win Super Bowl 49, or make it to Super Bowl 50 possibly? This is something that we will never know. The Lombardi Trophy could be in different cities, and stars playing for very different teams than we are used to. All of this could be, but one dude named Andrew Luck decided to say “Na i’ll stay” which really altered the future. Pretty cool thinking about the “ifs” in the world, because they really are crazy.
P.S: I know there is some crazy fan reading this wondering where the hell Tim Tebow ended up. My answer to you: Not in the league. He can’t throw. Give it up man.