Scouts overwhelmingly take Luck over RG3

Scouts overwhelmingly take Luck over RG3
April 19, 2012, 4:03 pm
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The Indianapolis Colts apparently have removed any doubt about which quarterback they will select next week with the overall number pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Of course, there havebeen some loud dissenters who believe that Robert GriffinIII is the superior prospect over Andrew Luck, the player everyone believes will indeed be selected number one.Those RG3 supportershave been vocal in the opposition to that conventional QB wisdom - but they also may be in the extreme minority. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel polled 20 NFL scouts for their take on the best player and the top quarterback in the draft. Let's just say the guy on the cover of seemingly every magazine this side of Cosmopolitan did not finish on top."In a Journal Sentinel poll of 20 evaluators, 17 said Luck was the best player in the draft regardless of position. Griffin had two votes, and Alabama running back Trent Richardson got the other."When 19 scouts agreed to rank the quarterbacks on a 1-to-5 basis, Luck was a unanimous selection and Griffin came in second on 18 ballots."In 10 years of polling by the Journal Sentinel, Luck joined Sam Bradford in 2010 as the only quarterback to garner every first-place vote from scouts." The overall top-6 voting breakdown of the incoming quarterback class (withfive points for a first-place vote, etc.) went as follows:Luck, 95 points; Griffin, 75; Ryan Tannehill, 57; Brandon Weeden, 18 points; Brock Osweiler, 14; Kirk Cousins, 13. The 20 evaluators were asked which quarterback has the biggest bust factor. The 6-foot-8Osweiler led the way with eight votes, followed by Tannehill (4), Weeden (3). RG3 and Cousins each received two votes.Nobody picked Luck. With all that said, the "unassuming" Luck is not necessarily ticketed to join the all-time greats. "I don't think he's Peyton Manning, John Elway, Dan Marino, any of those guys," one seasoned scout said. "Those guys were special. I don't think this kid is special in any way except his intangibles." The RG3-Cam Newton comparisons received some attention"When Griffin (6-2 12, 223) ran the 40 in 4.36 at the combine, he might have become the fastest important quarterback of all time."To gauge Griffin's size and speed, consider how these players ran and measured shortly before being drafted:"Cam Newton (6-5, 246) ran 4.58 a year ago. Aaron Rodgers (6-2, 223) ran 4.73 in '05. Michael Vick (6-0, 208) clocked 4.48 in 2001. McNabb (6-2 12, 223) ran 4.57 in '99.""Cam made Griffin some money because now everybody is looking at an athletic guy," said Don Gregory, the Carolina Panthers' director of college scouting. "Michael Vick made Cam some money. In the right offense, if you move him around and do what (Mike) Shanahan did with (Jake) Plummer, he'll be fine."Apparently none of this really matters anymore, at least not in terms of who the Colts and Redskins select. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, the debate over Luck and RG3 has barely even begun.