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Luck or Griffin? Who's Your Pick?

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

With the NFL's annual combine in full swing in Indianapolis, what everyone wants to know (or thinks they already know) is who will be the first pick in the upcoming draft. The experts seem to think that Stanford's quarterback, Andrew Luck, will be the first player selected by the Indianapolis Colts, who by virtue of their disastrous 2011 season, will choose first. After the QBs went through testing at the combine this weekend, though, some of the so-called experts, as well as many NFL teams, may be re-thinking their take on Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor.

Griffin wowed onlookers with an amazing 40-yard dash clocking a 4.41. To put that into perspective, the fastest time at the combine so far this year is 4.36, by Travis Benjamin, Stephen Hill, and Chris Owusu, all wide receivers. Of all the QBs that ran the 40, the next closest to Griffin was Wisconsin's Russell Wilson who finished in 4.55.

Griffin's stock may have risen farther with his success in team interviews. Each team is permitted 60 interviews, each lasting 15 minutes, with prospective players while at the combine. Griffin exuded confidence, intelligence, and charisma.

"You only have 15 minutes to talk to guys and that goes pretty quickly when you're talking to (an) entertaining young man like he is," said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who met with Griffin on Friday. "He's very sharp. He's well thought out. He gives great answers. We could have talked to him for an hour.

Griffin led Baylor, clearly not a household name among college football's elite, to its greatest season of the modern era, leading the Bears to a 10-3 record, wins over Oklahoma and Texas, and an Alamo Bowl championship. He completed 291 passes out of 402 attempts for 4,293 yards and 37 TDs. His completion percentage was a remarkable 72.4% and his passer rating was an amazing 189.5. If not for Wilson, who had a tremendous season for the Badgers in the Big Ten, Griffin would have led the country in efficiency.

With all the athletic ability, arm strength, intelligence, etc. that Griffin possesses, why is it then that Andrew Luck is the sure bet to the number one pick in April's NFL draft?

While there are numerous adjectives to describe Griffin and his athletic prowess, one word describes Luck--franchise. He is the quarterback that comes along once every so many years that an NFL team can build its whole franchise upon. Should he be drafted by the Colts with the first pick, he will be exactly what Peyton Manning was back in 1998--the savior.

Luck has all the intangibles. Son of former West Virginia QB Oliver Luck, the Stanford QB is tough, durable, and a proven winner. He became a starter in his redshirt freshman season and led the Cardinal to a 23-3 record the last two seasons, finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 4 in the nation. Luck is a lot like Manning studying endless amounts of game film on his opponents looking for the slightest advantage. And he found many. Last year, the 6-4, 234-pounder, finished 288-for-404 for 3,517 yards, 37 TDs, a 71.3% completion percentage and a 169.7 passer rating. All that in a two-tight end, run-driven offense.

So, will it be the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Maxwell, Walter Camp-award winning Luck? Or will the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien-award winning most interesting man in college football funky sock-wearing RG III be the first name called on Thursday, April 26?

Thankfully, the Indianapolis Colts will make that decision and, whatever it may be, they will get not only a phenomenal football player, but also a great young man.

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