In what is becoming an annual right of passage for the top quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine, this season’s best will pass on passing at the event.
In today’s news (that’s not really news to anyone) teams (Indianapolis Colts) have told Andrew Luck to forgo throwing at the Combine and wait until his March 22nd Pro Day at Stanford. This news comes on the heals of Robert Griffin III electing to not throw and Ryan Tannehill will pass with his ailing broken foot.
Its been en vogue lately for the top signal callers to elect to wait on showing scouts their throwing wares until much anticipated pro days. Luck was reportedly prepared to throw at this week’s Combine until he was given the green light by
Indy teams to graciously bow out of that portion. Luck will run and plans on participating in all non-throwing drills. The same is expected of Robert Griffin III.
Past top throwers Sam Bradford (injury), Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford all elected to keep their throwing talents hidden until pro days. Last season, Cam Newton elected to pass at the Combine but under much different circumstances. Newton was still battling with Blaine Gabbert in the minds of most for the rights to be the top quarterback in the 2011 class. Gabbert elected not to throw at the Combine while Newton’s team decided to allow him to show off his big arm.
Andrew Luck is the consensus top pick in April’s draft and has nothing to gain or lose by throwing, other than getting use to the lighting in Lucas Oil Stadium. The same can be said for Robert Griffin minus the Lucas Oil comment. Ryan Tannehill on the other hand could use a strong showing spinning the ball to prove to personnel that he is worthy of a top pick in April’s draft. Tannehill is likely to be nursing his foot injury into his pro day and we may only see him weigh-in.