Andrew Luck Pro Day: Stanford QB Must Outshine Robert Griffin III's Pro Day

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal throws a pass as he scrambles against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The day after Robert Griffin III wowed the nation with his relaxed pro day it is time for the other All-American quarterback, Andrew Luck of Stanford, to show his stuff in Palo Alto. The Cardinal are holding their pro day, today at 2pm eastern, an affair that will be televised for the eyes of the nation.  What we saw out of RGIII just a day ago has put a little bit more pressure on the kid everyone but Merrill Hoge has already assumed would be the first pick in the NFL Draft.

What that means for Luck is he has to command the building the same way that Griffin was able to during his big moment for the NFL. No, Luck won't have the same relaxed, rapping to Biggie swagger that RGIII brought to the table, but the big kid from Texas must certainly look the part; something he's done from the moment he hit the field at Stanford.

While Robert Griffin III's pro day was about proving that he warranted the hype that ensued when the Redskins traded up to make sure they could grab the quarterback; Andrew Luck's day is about something different.

Andrew Luck's day is about doing everything that he's already proven he is capable of doing. Luck's already played under the big lights in a couple BCS Bowls and in some big time matchups in the Pac-12. The microscope has been focused on the Stanford quarterback since he decided to return to school in 2011.

The Colts, by all accounts, are locked into making Andrew Luck the new guy in Indianapolis, and today is the first time Colts fans will get to see Peyton Manning's replacement. That's a heavy burden to bear, but it is one that Luck will carry with him when he takes to throwing this afternoon. Physically we know he can get it done. As far as eyes being trained on his every move, the kid has already lived that. What we are watching for is Luck remaining that calm and collected quarterback in the face of this new pressure. The pressure of replacing a legend.

RGIII's pro day was about proving he had the arm to make all the throws and could do so accurately, Andrew Luck's day is about pressure. Pressure from folks being just a day removed from seeing the phenom that is Robert Griffin III. Pressure from having to prove that he is the guy who should be the number one pick. Pressure from having to step into the shadow of Peyton Manning.

We all know the kid can play. He's gone out on to the field and balled since he got the start as a redshirt freshman under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Today, at his pro day, Andrew Luck is out to prove that his old coach was right in 2010 when Harbaugh said Luck was the best quarterback he's ever been around; pro or college.