Cam Newton is the only future top pick in the NFL Draft in recent history to throw passes at the NFL combine.
Andrew Luck surprised no one when he decided to pass on throwing at the NFL Combine. The consensus No. 2 quarterback, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, also declined to throw the ball.
Luck will instead be able to throw on his own turf with his own receivers at his college Pro Day at Stanford. Ironically, Luck's home turf and his receivers will soon be located in the place where he just left: Indianapolis.
Luck did participate in workouts, running an impressive hand timed 4.59 40-yard dash—Cam Newton ran a 4.56 last year. Luck also showcased a 36" vertical leap and a 10'4" broad jump—all great numbers for a quarterback.
You can find all of the latest measurements, times and figures at my 2012 NFL Combine database.
We learned that by coming to Indy, Luck could be replacing his hero. During a combine press-conference, Luck stated, "Peyton was my hero growing up, he was my football hero, he's who I modeled myself after in high school and middle school. You never truly replace a guy like that. If I had the opportunity to learn from a guy like that, of course you're going to take advantage of that, absolutely."
Scouts were able to obtain accurate measurements on Luck, although there really weren't any surprises. Luck measured just over 6'3" and weighed in at 234 pounds.
His 10" hands show why he has rarely fumbled in his career, unlike former Texas A&M Ryan Tannehill, whose 9" hands illustrate why he put the ball on the ground 11 times during his college career.
Scouts wanting to do their last minute homework on Luck will have one final chance for a public display. Luck is scheduled to work out March 22nd for Stanford's Pro Day.
He will be joined by fellow first-round hopefuls David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin and Coby Fleener.