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Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:44 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 10:50 am

By Josh Katzowitz

Robert Griffin III already has made the decision that he most likely will not to throw at the scouting combine, saying “It’s still up in the air but I'm probably not going to throw." Instead, he only will toss the ball in front of scouts at Baylor’s pro day on March 21.

Although it was reported last weekend that likely No. 1 pick Andrew Luck also won’t throw in Indianapolis this week, is reporting that Luck could throw and that he’ll be prepared to do so.

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That’s the word from quarterback trainer George Whitfield, who has worked with Luck in three sessions heading into this week’s combine and who also tutored Cam Newton before the 2011 draft. Whitfield also plans to work with Luck in Palo Alto, Ca., in the weeks leading up to Luck’s March 22 pro day.

"There are things he wants to work on, but this is refinement not an installation or a surgery," Whitfield told the website. "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."

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reported that Luck originally wanted to throw at the combine but that the Colts advised against it. So, the chances are good that Luck probably won’t throw, especially if his (almost-assured) future employer is advising against it.

But in case there’s a last-minute change of mind, Luck sounds willing to throw and is ready to make it happen.

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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:19 am

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

Well, they can advise all they want... if he wants to throw he can throw.  It's not like they're going to throw a hissy fit and draft someone else just because he does it.  I don't think it'll matter much either way... teams have already anylized this kid minutely, so they know what they think of him.  And he's got his pro-day too.  But if he wants to throw, I don't see why he shouldn't.  I mean, the odds of a career-ending injury while tossing the ball around in non-contact combine drills is pretty negligible.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:48 pm


The only thing that will happen is that Luck, while a very good QB prospect, will still get tatered every time he drops back to pass after getting drafted by a team that can't run, can't defend ANYTHING, and can't protect their QB even if they make opposing D's count to "10 alligator" before they rush, and then CRUSH, him.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:41 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

Everyone seems to be saying it's Luck's choice, not the Colts', which is true, but my first thought is-- why would Luck want to throw? His stock could not possibly go any higher and he has absolutely nothing to gain regardless of how well he does. It didn't make sense to me for him to return to college when he'd have been #1 overall last year and neither does this report of him wanting to throw for scouts (same as with RG3). I realize Luck comes from a well endowed family and maybe these things really are positive character traits but why attract unnecessary scrutiny when your's and future generations of your family's financial future is already assured?

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:28 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

Until Luck signs a contract with the Colts, Luck can do whatever the heck he wants.

If the Colts don't like it, they can choose not to choose him in the draft if they want, which would be silly, all things considered.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:53 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

If he wants to throw there isn't a damn thing they can do about it but trade the pick or pick RGIII. Not likely they do either. They are taking him and F them if he throws befroe they hire him. He should go and do whatever he wants. He has no contract and they have no say. What do they think could happen if he throws a few footballs. I could understand them nto wantign him to play in a game or something where he coudl get hurt, but the combine? They practiaclly wear skirts. More Irsay BS

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:02 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

What if he wants or decides to throw anyway? Do the Colts really have any control over him anyway?

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:42 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

Maybe the Colts don't want him to throw because they plan to trade the pick, and the hype surrounding Luck couldn't get any higher? throwing would only serve as an opportunity to diminish some of the hype. Could be a very smart move in the long run.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:43 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

A kid that high in the draft willing to do everything???  God forbid......Let him throw Colts. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:43 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

I agree, why should Indie dictate if he decides to throw. Its not like he will be dropping past 2 or into the 2nd round where they can get a crack at him.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:35 pm

Luck could throw at combine; Colts might nix it

I understand it is pretty much a lock that the Colts will take Luck.  But, I don't think they should have a say if he throws at combine or not.  I think it is actually more about not letting scouts get any reports they don't already have anyways, then the pay.  Luck is going to get the max the rookie scale will allow.  Then he will make a crazy amount after that contract is over.  I don't think players though should even have the right to pick what they will do.  If you are there, then do it all. Otherwise, stay out of it all together.

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