The great combine debate for top QBs: throw or don't throw?

Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M speaks Friday at a news conference during the NFL Combine...

Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M speaks Friday at a news conference during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. (John Kryk/QMI Agency)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - To throw or not to throw?

That is the question top quarterbacks wrestle with before each year’s NFL scouting combine. The top ones often don’t throw.

The thinking by agents is that their ballyhooed clients have far more to lose than gain by throwing. So why risk it?

Indeed it’s hard enough for top prospects at the front end of the pre-draft cycle to remain there. Just ask Geno Smith, last year’s consensus No. 1 pick in January mock drafts, who plummeted to 39th overall by April’s real draft.

Was it because he failed to shine at last year’s combine? Perhaps, in part. But three years ago Cam Newton threw poorly here and still went first overall.

At this year’s combine, three healthy quarterbacks chose not to partake in Sunday’s throwing drills. All three were among my pre-combine Top 4 passers: No. 1 Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, No. 3 Derek Carr of Fresno State and No. 4 Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.


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