You're starting an NFL franchise tomorrow.
They're named the London Fog and the English are madferrit. Under some loophole in the expansion draft system, you have the opportunity to pluck either Cam Newton or Andrew Luck from their respective teams. (We'll get to the fallout connected to the front offices of the Panthers and Colts at a later date).
Who do you pick? Age won't help you make a decision here: Newton just turned 25, and Luck reaches the same age in September. How about team success? Luck has led the Colts to the postseason in each of his first two years, and went off in a wild playoff comeback against the Chiefs in January.
A look at the numbers shows Newton has been a slightly more accurate passer who easily takes the title as the NFL's best rushing quarterback. Luck is no slouch as a scrambler himself, of course, and it's generally believed Luck is operating with a higher ceiling than any young passer alive right now.
Bottom line: Both QBs are studs you'd be lucky to build a franchise around. Luck is our choice, but we wouldn't shed a tear if we ended up with the affable Under Armor spokesman.
Players who took part in NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 voting side with Newton. The Panthers star was revealed at No. 24 on the countdown during Wednesday night's telecast. Luck showed up at No. 30.
A few more takeaways from Wednesday's episode:
» It's good to see Andre Johnson (No. 21) getting the respect he deserves. That man has remained at or near the top of the food chain for a very long time.
» There are just five quarterbacks left on the countdown. You can probably name them. If you can put them in the correct order, you'll receive a London Fog internship.