NFL Combine 2012 Results: Day 1 Highlights and Reaction

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterFebruary 23, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal prepares to snap the football 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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Indianapolis, IN

Live from Indianapolis, we have set up shop at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine to bring you news, updates and analysis from the top players participating in the world's biggest job interview. 

The combine officially kicks off tomorrow, with media availability for offensive and defensive linemen, but that doesn't mean the first day of the combine was without excitement.


Will Andrew Luck Throw?

Will he or will he not throw at the combine, that is the question. After much uncertainty Wednesday, it has been revealed that superstar prospect Andrew Luck will not throw at the 2012 combine, instead waiting until his March 22 Pro Day to wow scouts from the Indianapolis Colts.

Most telling is the fact that Luck consulted the Colts regarding his decision to throw. For anyone thinking Luck won't be the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft, this should be your sign that Luck is already bowing to the demands and wishes of the team holding the first overall pick.

In my 10 years covering the draft, this is the first instance in memory where a team has told a top prospect not to work out at the combine, but if you believe the press clippings, Luck has nothing to gain by throwing to receivers he's unfamiliar with.

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to look for a receiver against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/G
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The Matt Flynn Market

Matt Flynn went through the combine process before the 2008 NFL Draft, but four years later, we are again talking about the quarterback from LSU. 

Flynn's name is sure to be a hot topic all week after the Green Bay Packers agreed to a two-year deal with tight end Jermichael Finley—a player many expected the team would use the franchise tag on. With Finley signed, the Packers are free to use the tag on Flynn.

An unrestricted free agent, Flynn is free to sign with any team in the NFL, but if the Packers use the famed franchise tag on the backup quarterback, they will receive compensation from any team who wishes to sign the budding star at the NFL's most important position.

Assigning the franchise tag to Flynn doesn't come without risk. The quarterback designation would mean guaranteeing Flynn a one-year deal worth $14.4 milion. That's a big gamble in the hopes that another team will take Flynn off the Packers' hands in exchange for draft picks.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Or
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Trent Richardson Surgery

The top running back in the 2012 class and a top-five player on my big board, Alabama's Trent Richardson didn't necessarily need a big combine performance to move his stock up, but it never hurts to show up and live up to expectations. Instead, Richardson will be a non-performer after knee surgery.

According to a Pro Football Talk report, Richardson suffered an injury in practices leading up to the BCS National Championship Game (which explains his limitation in the big game). That injury led to offseason surgery, which will limit Richardson's activity in the pre-draft process.

The injury and surgery are being called "minor," but at this stage, any injury is significant. Richardson will be on hand for interviews and medical checkups, which will heavily affect his draft stock.

Should Richardson fall down the board? Based on the value of a running back in today's NFL and this new injury news, it's very possible that Richardson could slip into the teens when the 2012 draft rolls around.


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