Robert Griffin's 40 time will make all the headlines today. We don't know the official time yet, but he was clocked first at 4.41, and then on his second he was 4.38. Gil Brandt of NFL.com had him at 4.34. Those times make Griffin faster than all but one of the wide receivers at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. Impressive, to say the least.
However, while not having as much a 'WOW' factor as Griffin's 4.38 time, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck also ran the 40, and notched a very good time for someone his size (6'4, 230 pounds).
Andrew Luck runs a 4.66, which is impressive for his size.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 26, 2012
To give you some perspective, Cam Newton ran a 4.59 at last year's Combine. Tim Tebow had a 4.71 in 2010. Aaron Rodgers was 4.7 in 2005. Michael Vick ran a 4.25 in 2001.
Peyton Manning ran a 4.81 in 1998.
Lucks' second run on the 40 was a 4.59, which was the same speed clocked for Newton last year. At the end of the day, Matt Grecco sums it up best:
Nobody should care one bit how fast Luck runs here. It has zero to do with his draft stock.— Matt Grecco (@mgrex03) February 26, 2012
True, but the 40 time points out an interesting truth that, in a way, flies in the face of a meme that is developing.
Fiction: Andrew Luck is a statue at quarterback, similar to Peyton Manning. He beats you with his brain, but his physical talent isn't anything to write home about.
Fiction: Robert Griffin III is a "freakish" athlete that will change the game of football. However, he can't read defenses and will get his ass handed to him in the pros if he tries to win with talent alone.
The reality is Luck is one of the better physically gifted quarterbacks we've seen in a long time. That he's big, strong, smart, and fast makes him the de fecto No. 1 overall. Conversely, RG3 can read defenses and knows how to use his talents in the right offense.
In the end, both men have all the physical and mental tools it takes to succeed. The one red flag I see for RG3 is he talks way too much. If he acts as cocky before gameday as he has in Indianapolis this week, especially if he gets taken by the Browns, some people in Pittsburgh and Baltimore might make it a point to remind him that this is a man's league, not the Big 12.
And by "remind him" I mean break his f*cking face.