2010 NFL Draft: All Eyes Will be on Tony Pike's Arm at the NFL Combine

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 27:  Tony Pike #15 of the Cincinnati Bearcats is pictured before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Nippert Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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All eyes will be on Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike, who is one of only a few college quarterbacks willing to actually throw at the NFL Combine.

Fellow draft class quarterbacks including Florida's Tim Tebow, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour are all declining to throw in Indianapolis in favor of throwing at their respective Pro Days instead.

Throwing at one's Pro Day is said to be a smart move by some, but a bad move by others because if a quarterback has a bad outing at his Pro Day, then he does not have a chance to redeem himself before draft day.

Pike has a bit of buzz going into the combine, not because of his abilities, but because of his size. His skinny and lanky frame has people asking if he will be able to take the pounding at the NFL level.

No one knows for sure, but he is very similar in stature to the Ravens' starting quarterback Joe Flacco and NFL teams love really tall quarterbacks who can easily see over big offensive lineman.

Flacco stands at 6'6", 235 lbs; Pike is close at 6'5", 225 lbs.

Pike's arm strength will be thoroughly tested, but he showed during the Senior Bowl that he is capable of easily throwing to any part of the football field.

His accuracy, on the other hand, has been questioned. But that is something that can be fixed through good coaching and a commitment by the player to improve.

Pike finished his college career with 5,018 yards passing, 61 percent completions, 49 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.

He is one of only a few quarterbacks who can increase his draft stock with a solid throwing performance at the combine. Pike is currently projected somewhere near the third, but can move himself up into the second round with a good showing.

With many teams looking to figure out their current quarterback situation, or looking to find their next future franchise quarterback, all eyes will be on Pike in Indy.


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