NFL Combine 2012: Andrew Luck Must Attend Combine for Non-Football Reasons

Shawn MullerContributor IIFebruary 20, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal reacts during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Draft geeks across the country are probably shaking their collective heads in wonderment right now as to why Andrew Luck is participating in the NFL combine starting on February 22nd in Indianapolis.

You can't really blame people for wondering why. 

After all, the Indianapolis Colts front office has already stated that they will be selecting the former Stanford quarterback with the first overall pick in April's draft, correct?

While it is true Luck will be wearing a Colts uniform next season, participating in the combine is not that big of a surprise after all.

In fact, it makes complete sense.

His showing up at the combine has nothing to do with the NFL draft.

Rather, it has everything to do with gaining some familiarity with Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts front office and the city of Indianapolis. 

If you knew you were going to be playing in Lucas Oil Stadium for the foreseeable future, wouldn't you jump at the chance to spend some extra time to gain a little comfort with your future home field?

Of course you would, and Luck would be foolish if he didn't take advantage of an opportunity like that as well.

The faster Luck becomes familiar with his new city, the quicker Colts fans will be able to move on from Peyton Manning, which is the most important step for both Luck and the Colts front office.

He has nothing left to prove on the field as a collegiate player, so if anything, performing in front of the Colts front office in their building is just icing on the cake for both sides.

The guy is already considered to be the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect since another former Stanford Cardinal signal-caller known as John Elway.

He is extremely accurate throwing from the pocket and on the run, has a great arm, size and mechanics. 

What better way to introduce yourself to your new city and fans than by showing your skills one more time?

The faster Luck makes himself known in "Nap Town," the quicker folks in Indianapolis will be able to move on from the Manning Era.