NFL scouts out of Luck

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates in the third quarter against the Oklahoma...

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates in the third quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the 2012 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - Anyone at the NFL Scouting Combine hoping to see the No. 1 prospect take part in throwing drills is, well, out of Luck.

Andrew Luck, the Stanford University quarterback prodigy, told reporters at a Friday afternoon news conference that he has decided to skip all throwing drills on Sunday morning, as expected. Luck had indicated to the NFL Network on Thursday that he might do it.

But he will take part in all the other drills that measure speed, agility and the like.

"I was told earlier that there's (a report) out there that teams had advised me not to throw, and that is not the case," the 22-year-old said. "I made the decision by myself. I bounced it off my agent and my father, and we felt it was in my best interests to wait for my pro day (at Stanford on March 22)."

Luck, who's widely expected to be selected No. 1 overall in April's draft by the Indianapolis Colts, said he already has had a brief chat with the club at the Combine.

"Yeah, I had a chance to talk to them," he said. "I talked to (new Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde) Christensen for a little bit."

If Luck winds up on the Colts roster along with longtime legend Peyton Manning, it'd be a thrill, Luck said.

"When you have a chance to learn from a guy like Peyton Manning, if that chance arises, then you better take advantage of it," he said. "He's arguably the best quarterback ever, and he was my hero growing up."

Luck said he has met Manning a few times, including at two Manning family football camps.

"I did talk to him too after I made my decision to come back to school last year, for advice," Luck said. "(And) I got a couple of texts through the season, but other than that, not much."

Of course, Luck said he has heard all the talk about how he's going to be the next Peyton Manning — and in Indianapolis, of all places.

"I'm not too caught up in that stuff right now," he said.

"I understand. The questions have to be asked. Of course. It's part of it. I understand the speculation. And in my mind, too, nothing's happened yet. I haven't been drafted by any team, and (Peyton's health and contract status is) still going on with the Colts."

When I asked Luck whether he felt he was a better prepared quarterback than most coming out of college these days, because he's one of the few who still plays in a pro-style passing offence, he didn't hesitate to agree.

"I definitely think it will help. I think (current Stanford) coach (David) Shaw, and his background with the NFL, and obviously (former Stanford) coach (Jim) Harbaugh and his background with the NFL — I think they prepared not just me, but (my teammates here) at the Combine.

"They challenged us, intellectually ... as well as physically, to run the (pro) scheme. I think guys did a good job of stepping up. I know I loved it, having run checks and pass checks and all that stuff. So I think it will help me in the long run, yeah."

And don't even bring up his supposed "rivalry" with Robert Griffin III of Baylor University, the second highest regarded quarterback in the draft. There isn't one, he said.

"The first thing about football is it's a team game. I think Robert is a great quarterback, a great competitor, a great guy who's easy to get along with. But I don't get motivation by competing against him.

"(RG3's game) is fun to watch. Fascinating. He's athletic, he's explosive, he can make a lot of throws."

Too bad nobody will get a chance to see either of them throw here this weekend.

 


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