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Did Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III have the Better NFL Combine?

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Intro: For the next week, 335 NFL Draft Prospects will get analyzed from every angle at the Scouting Combine. Today, Colts.com takes a look back on how Colts players fared at past combines.



INDIANAPOLIS – From Saturday through Tuesday, the stopwatches and counters will be clicking away throughout Lucas Oil Stadium.

A total of 335 prospects will travel to Indianapolis for a week of dissection from teams all over the NFL.

It starts on Saturday with tight ends, offensive linemen and specialists hitting the field for drills. The conclusion of position groups comes on Tuesday with the defensive backs wrapping up the combine.

Last week, Colts Vice President of Football Operations Jimmy Raye talked about how the Colts use the combine as just another tool in the draft process, knowing that it’s a workout and players will have good days and bad days.

In trying to dive deeper into Raye’s point, Colts.com has taken three instances in comparing combine numbers to NFL results.

2012 Combine Drills

Robert Griffin III

Andrew Luck

Russell Wilson

40-Yard Dash

4.41 (1st)

4.67 (4th)

4.55 (3rd)

Vertical Jump

39” (1st)

36” (4th)

34” (6th)

Broad Jump

10’0” (3rd)

10’4” (1st)

9’10” (4th)

3-Cone Drill

DNP

6.80 (3rd)

6.97 (5th)

20-Yard Shuttle

DNP

4.28 (5th)

4.09 (2nd)

NFL Passing Stats

62.7% passer, 6,403 passing yards, 36 TDs and 17 INTs

57% passer, 8,196 passing yards, 46 TDs and 27 INTs

63% passer, 6,475 passing yards, 52 TDs and 19 INTs

Record as QB

12-16

22-10

24-8


ANALYSIS: The quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class were dissected at every level. Luck and Griffin were always thought to be at the top of the group with Wilson really being the unknown due to his 5-11 frame. As you would expect, all three tested very well at the 2012 combine and have turned those into productive starts to their NFL careers. It’s pretty clear that Luck and Wilson have now positioned themselves at the top of the class with both of them turning in some of the best performances in NFL history for quarterbacks after two seasons.

Dwayne Allen’s 2012 Combine Numbers

40-Yard Dash

4.89 (9th)

Bench Press

27 (2nd)

Vertical Jump

32” (8th)

Broad Jump

9’2” (8th)

3-Cone Drill

7.12 (5th)

20-Yard Shuttle

4.37 (5th)

60-Yard Shuttle

12.07 (6th)

Rookie Stats

45 catches for 521 yards


ANALYSIS: Allen is the prime example of how the combine drills can have minimal translation to on-the-field success. Allen is very outspoken about the combine and no one can argue with his point. He did not test near the top of his tight end class but the 2012 John Mackey Award winner (college’s best tight end) proved those February numbers to be miniscule. His 45 catches in 2012 were 37 more than any other rookie tight end not named Coby Fleener. Allen falls right in line with Colts GM Ryan Grigson in saying the tape tells the real story of a prospect.

2009 Combine Drills

Vontae Davis

Darius Butler

40-Yard Dash

4.49 (7th )

4.46 (1st)

Bench Press

25 (1st)

DNP

Vertical Jump

36” (15th)

43” (2nd)

Broad Jump

10’5” (7th)

11’2” (2nd)

3-Cone Drill

6.75 (7th)

6.92 (13th)

20-Yard Shuttle

4.07 (5th)

4.19 (12th)

NFL Stats

70 games, 61 starts, 13 INTs, and 51 PDs

69 games, 25 starts, 11 INTs, and 46 PDs


ANALYSIS: The Colts cornerback position is filled with products of the 2009 class. Davis and Butler both tested well that year and have turned those in to solid NFL careers. Butler was a four-year starter at Connecticut and the All-Big East corner was a second-round pick back in 2009. Davis left Illinois after starting for three years in the Big Ten and was the second corner taken five years ago.

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