Luck, Griffin in spotlight at NFL Combine
The NFL Scouting Combine brought the star quarterbacks front and center Friday. Colts fans want to know which one of them will be under center next season.
Rookies-to-be Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III handled their media sessions like seasoned veterans on Friday. Each quarterback announced that they would not throw the football for scouts until their individual pro days. Griffin III will run the forty-yard dash at Lucas Oil stadium.
Luck and Griffin III were both officially measured by NFL teams on Friday. Luck is 6'4, 238 pounds. Griffin III is 6'2, 223 pounds.
Now comes the task of trying to measure up on the field.
The possibility of being the number one pick and playing for the Colts comes with the potential of playing behind Peyton Manning. Speculation is rampant that Manning may be released by the Colts by March 8, more than a month before the NFL draft.
If Manning isn't on the roster, the challenge is in replacing an all-time great. If Manning is still with the team, the challenge is being a top pick who is sitting, not playing.
"I'm not too caught up in that right now," Luck said. "I understand that is a possibility. Peyton was my hero growing up. He was my football hero. That's who I modeled myself after, in high school, in middle school. You never truly replace a guy like that. And who knows what happens. So many different things can happen."
Added Griffin, "I've talked to Peyton a couple times. I wish him nothing but the best. It'd be amazing to see him be able to stay in Indy and play. I'd be happy to play behind him. I would embrace it. It's not very often you get the chance to play, or be on a team with a legend like Peyton. Obviously, I would come in and compete to be the starter, but if Peyton Manning was the starting quarterback of the team I'm on, then it'd be an honor to sit behind him and learn all I could. I'd hold that clipboard with pride, and wouldn't come in demanding to be the starter."
Luck, from Stanford, and Griffin III, from Baylor, want the distinction of being the number one pick.
"As competitors, we all want to be the best," said Griffin, "but whether I'm No. 1 or not, it's not going to change who I am. It's not going to change my confidence. But I'd be a fool to say I don't want to go No. 1 in the draft, because I do, Andrew does. I think all of us do."