Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Why QBs need to throw at combine
By Tom Carpenter
Last year, we didn't see Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III throw at the NFL combine, because they had nothing to prove -- both were locked in as the top couple of picks. Fast forward to this season's underwhelming class of quarterback prospects, who have much to prove, and it appears that we will see some of them sling the pill.
Per NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Geno Smith is expected to throw next week at the combine.
"Spoke w/ Geno Smith's rep, Jeff Nalley. Says Geno will do full workout at #NFLCombine. Good sign. Usually when one jumps in, others follow," he tweeted. "These guys can change mind, but if Geno works out at #NFLCombine (I think he will), bodes well for teams who want to see QBs in big numbers."
The news on Smith came on the heels of word that Matt Barkley was poised to do the same.
"Good to hear Matt Barkley plans to throw at the combine. He needs to. I expect #Chiefs to closely watch him. Could be a target in 2nd round," tweeted ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson.
As Williamson notes, QBs like Smith and Barkley need to impress in order to move into the first round, especially if they are going to convince a team with one of the top picks to invest in one of them:
Bill WilliamsonRookie QBs get the memo
"Often, the top quarterbacks prospects do not throw the ball at the combine. However, no quarterback this year is currently considered a sure thing. Thus, the quarterbacks will have to convince teams they are worthy of a top pick and that starts with throwing the ball at the combine in addition to throwing at their individual pro day workouts, which usually occur in March. The first team that needs to be convinced to take a quarterback is Kansas City. The Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in the April draft and quarterback is their greatest need. However, unless a quarterback shows it is worthy of the top pick, the Chiefs may try to trade for a veteran once the league season starts March 12. Both Barkley and Smith are going to try to use the combine as a time to convince the Chiefs to wait for the draft."