Teams at the NFL Combine are known for asking some eyebrow-raising questions to their prospects during the pre-draft process. This week, former Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton was caught off guard when asked one loaded question from a New England Patriots scout: "How would you replace Tom Brady?"
Did the scout really just ask how Luton, a potential late-round pick, how he would replace a quarterback who has won six Super Bowls with the Patriots? Yes, yes he did.
The 6-foot-6, 224-pound Luton said the question surprised him, mainly because it is such a tough question to answer. However, he did not back off from the idea of replacing the G.O.A.T in New England.
"I said that's tough," Luton said. "Those are big shoes to fill. But for me I'm a pretty even-keel guy. I kind of reiterated that. I said I'm going to be consistent; I'm going to be prepared as best as I can be, and I've never let any of the outside noise distract me. I don't think that that would be an issue.
I bring it every day and prove that I'm a leader. No matter if it's a high or a low, I'm going to keep doing it every day. However, that pans out; I'm not going to be worried about filling anybody's shoes if I'm doing the best that I can do.
A big question looms for the Patriots: Will Brady play in New England next season? If he decides to join another team, it would end a historic run for New England that included six Super Bowl championships, the most of any player in NFL history. It does seem a little interesting that the Patriots are asking this question. Do they expect him to leave?
Whether Brady comes back this season or not, the Patriots need to invest in their future at quarterback. Luton is projected to be a late-round selection or priority free agent come April. In 2019, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,714 yards and 28 touchdowns with just three interceptions through 11 games.
He was named "National Comeback Player of the Year," but will heir to Brady be his next title? One thing is for certain: Luton will be as prepared as he can be if Bill Belichick gives him a call.
Will former Beavers QB Jake Luton replace Tom Brady? originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest