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HOUSTON (CBS Houston)- Taking it from the top, when the NFL Draft gets underway in New York City Thursday night, the top two picks projected to be called first by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, will be young men from the State of Texas.
The two young men are Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
The Indianapolis Colts have made public their intention to draft Andrew Luck from Stratford High School in Houston and Stanford University with the number one overall pick. Luck is also the son of former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck. The elder Luck is currently the Athletic Director at alma mater, West Virginia.
POSTON HIGH ON BOTH
Longtime super sports agent Carl Poston of Elite Athletic Management knows both well and says that both have all the necessary tools to be successful in the NFL.
“Both are tremendous athletes. Andrew Luck has got the pedigree from his Dad. He’s also from the Houston, Texas area and I’ve known Oliver for a long time too. He (Andrew) played the pro set game. So, he’s a very solid, solid quarterback. You really can’t go wrong with Andrew.”
Luck finished his collegiate career as the second best passer in Stanford history with 9430 yards behind Steve Stenstrom. Luck concluded his career ranked first all-time with 82 touchdown passes, .687 completion percentage, passing efficiency of 162.7 6, and total offense of 10,387 yards.
During his March 21st pro day, reports indicate that Luck chose to throw into wind gusts of up to 15 mph. According to all reports, those who attended were impressed by Luck’s arm strength.
Poston says Griffin III is dissimilar to Luck but gets the same results – he wins!
“Robert’s a different type of quarterback,” says Poston. “I still think you can’t go wrong with Robert as well. Both of them are students of the game. Robert might be a better athlete in terms of producing better scores and better speeds.”
Griffin ran an official 40-time of 4.41 and was the fastest quarterback at the NFL Combine. But that only proves that Griffin is not just a quarterback – he’s an athlete. Griffin was a track star at Baylor which is why some teams initially visualized him as a wide receiver. He took third place during the NCAA’s in the 400-meter hurdles and he also qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials.
The Heisman Trophy winner and son Robert Jr. and Jacqueline Griffin from Copperas Cove, Texas, finished his career with 10, 366 yards passing and 77 touchdowns. He set 54 school records during three-plus years with 40 starts in 41 career games. Griffin was named 2011 consensus All-American, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-Big 12. Poston had little hesitation in stating that either Griffin or Luck will have few challenges making the transition.
“The pro set quarterback is someone who can manage the game as well as dictate the game,” says Poston. ”I think both those guys can do that well. So, it’s going to be interesting.”
STATE AND LOCAL HOPEFULS
All of the Texas schools will have players hoping to hear their names called. That list includes the University of Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, UTEP, Baylor, the University of Houston, Rice University, SMU, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, Prairie View A&M, and Texas Southern.
Texas will have linebacker Keenan Robinson, DL Kheeston Randall, LB Emmanuel Acho, safeties Christian Scott and Blake Gideon listening for their names. Fourteen longhorns total worked out for the NFL scouts during the University of Texas Pro Day including running back Fozzy Whittaker of Pearland and Cody Johnson.
Texas A&M will also have its share and with the late surge of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, there’s a good chance that the Aggies will hear their name called somewhere in the first round. Could be that the Aggies hear Tannehill’s name within the first 10 picks if the Miami Dolphins and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman have their way.
Rice is hoping to hear the names of defensive end Scott Solomon, punter Kyle Martens, and quite possibly, Rice team MVP running back Tyler Smith. OL Jake Hicks and Davon Allen could get called along with NT Michael Smith, QB Nick Fanuzzi, CB Denzel Wells, and CB Chris Jammer.
The University of Houston would like to hear the names of quarterback Case Keenum, wide receivers Patrick Edwards and Justin Johnson. On the defensive side of the ball, DE/LB Sammy Brown and LB Marcus McGraw could get a nod.
However, as Poston says – starting Thursday “it’s going to be interesting.”