To throw or not to throw ...
Andrew Luck, the Stanford quarterback who is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, has not decided whether to throw this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Luck, who is expected to be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, has been working with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield, who told ESPN that his client is prepared to throw this weekend. However, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts, who are expected to take Luck with the No. 1 pick, have not signed off on that. His pro day is scheduled for March 22.
“There are things he wants to work on, but this is refinement, not an installation or a surgery,” Whitfield told ESPN’s Joe Schad of his work with Luck. “It’s about getting reps and he’s really a marvel to watch. Very sound. Very consistent. Physically impressive. A power guy. A strong guy which people underestimate. One thing we’ve been doing is working the throws out on the perimeter — those throws outside the hash marks.”
Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor, said he doesn’t expect to throw, either. RGIII is projected to be the second quarterback taken in the draft. “It’s still up in the air ,” he said on “The Dan Patrick Show,” “but I'm probably not going to throw.
Cam Newton, last year’s No. 1 pick and another Whitfield client, threw at the combine and followed up with a strong performance at his pro day. That worked out pretty well for Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
As far as watching the combine goes for TV viewers, there will be no actual workouts until Saturday. The first batch of players (special-teams players, offensive linemen and tight ends) will arrive in Indianapolis today and they’ll undergo intense evaluation (medical exams, the Wonderlic test, interviews, the taking of photos that will prove to be hilarious in the future and such) ahead of their Saturday workouts.
Quarterbacks, wideouts and running backs will arrive Thursday, with testing until their Sunday workouts. Defensive linemen and linebackers arrive Friday and work out Monday, with defensive backs coming into Indy on Saturday and working out Tuesday as the combine wraps up.
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