Andrew Luck gets vertical. (AP)INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck's athleticism is without question the most underrated aspect of his game. It's why I find him easy to compare to Steve Young and Rich Gannon in their primes. With all the talk about Luck's intelligence, leadership and accuracy (all of which are true), even a cursory look at his game tape shows a mobility out of the pocket that rivals any "traditional" quarterback in recent memory.
Well, the cat should be out of the bag now. Luck didn't throw at the scouting combine during the quarterback drills, but he did put up several times that rivaled those put up by Cam Newton in 2011.
Luck had an official 4.67 40-yard dash time, but his unofficial 4.59 matched, to the millisecond, what Newton did at last year's combine. Luck's 36-inch vertical jump and his 10-foot-4 broad jump (the best among quarterbacks this year), also closely matched what Newton did. Actually, Luck jumped an inch higher than Newton, despite being an inch shorter. Luck beat Robert Griffin III in the vertical by three inches, though Griffin got his own back by going three inches more in the broad jump.
"I'm not going to throw at the combine," Luck said from the podium this week. "I'll participate in all the other drills, the running, the jumping, the 'L,' the 5-10-5. I was told earlier that there's something out there that teams had advised me not to throw and that was not the case. I made the decision by myself. I bounced it off my agent and my father and felt like it was in my best interest to wait until pro day so we'll go from there."
And as it is for RGIII (who blew up the day with his own combine performance), Luck's decision not to throw won't affect his draft stock.
So, maybe that will have people going back and looking at this impressive part of Luck's college career. After all, he did run 163 times for 957 yards (a 5.9 average) and seven touchdowns. Add in his two receptions for 24 yards, and it seems that Andrew Luck is even more a complete quarterback than we might think.
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