NFL Network’s Mike Mayock recently broke down this offseason’s headliners and what else to look for at this week’s Combine on a conference call with reporters.
It appears that the Colts will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in this April’s draft, preventing the Dolphins from selecting the Heisman runner-up.
Mayock, however, isn’t sold that Luck will be a superstar.
“I don’t put him up there as a once-in-a-lifetime guy,” Mayock said. “I’m not trying to sit here and tell you he’s going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.”
For Miami, more realistic options include free agent Matt Flynn, who played in Green Bay under Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, and Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor.
While acquiring either would present risks, Mayock feels that Griffin III is a bigger wildcard for talent evaluators.
“With Griffin, grab a hold of the seat of your pants and we’re going for a ride,” Mayock said. “And it might be really special; on the other hand, it might not.”
If the Dolphins do pick Griffin or another quarterback—Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill or Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden—there is recent precedent for how to work a rookie into the lineup. In 2011 Cam Newton and Andy Dalton both made the Pro Bowl.
“They gave those kids chances to make plays in comfortable situations,” Mayock said. “In the old days, NFL teams said, ‘Hey, this is our playbook and go learn it, kid’”
Ahead of this week’s Combine, Mayock had some advice for those who have their stopwatches ready.
“Don’t get carried away with the measurables,” Mayock said. “What the combine should be is a crosscheck of what you’ve already seen on tape.”
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