When the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off Wednesday in Indianapolis one of the predominant storylines will undoubtedly be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is the presumptive favorite to be selected first overall in April's NFL Draft and has been labeled a "once in a generation" prospect by some draftniks.
However, if the 6'4" 235-pound signal-caller has any sense, Andrew Luck won't press his luck. Then the story even bigger than Luck being at the combine will be his not taking part in drills while he's there.
Simply put, there's nothing really for Andrew Luck to gain by throwing and running in Indy, but he has plenty to lose should things go awry.
After throwing for more than 9,300 yards and 82 touchdowns over the past three seasons for the Cardinal there are miles upon miles of game tape that scouts and coaches can view regarding Luck's mobility, arm strength and accuracy. There's nothing Luck can show them in Indiana that can't be seen just as easily on those tapes.
OK, so they're not tapes, but you know what I mean.
Moreover, it's not like Andrew Luck can really do anything that's going to help his stock by working out in Indianapolis. He's been the prohibitive favorite to be the first overall selection in the draft for months now, and when you're sitting on top there's only place to go...
Should Luck work out and for some strange reason have an off afternoon (or two) then the gap between him and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is only going to narrow, especially since Griffin's athleticism may shine a bit more than Luck's better all-around game in the combine's "ooh, what's his 40-yard dash time again?" environment.
Of course there's also the risk of injury, and while that risk is present every time Luck gets out of bed it's a bit higher running agility drills than it is sitting in an interview room, which is the only thing Luck should be doing lest he risk a financial catastrophe during a meaningless drill.
If Luck just really has to show off that right arm there will be ample time to do that on his home field at Stanford's pro day on March 22nd, but I can't say that I'd even be inclined to take my chances then either.
That last name's held up so far, Andrew. In just a few short weeks you'll be on your way to a new home and a nice fat payday.
You've come this far.
Don't push your...well, you know.