Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are conducting a bit of a battle for the first overall selection in the NFL draft. And both are using the charm offensive.
Both have already begun interview sessions with teams. Luck has already spoken with the Colts at the Combine. RG3 spoke with Philadelphia Thursday evening and said he's scheduled to talk to Kansas City, Washington, and Indianapolis.
Luck shaved his mountain man beard for the event. RG3 today was rocking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle socks. Neither will throw at the Combine -- confirmed by both.
Luck is obviously prepared. He knows he is the presumptive first pick. But he cannot blow it by being something of a jerk during the Combine. He can leave no doubt that he'd be a bad teammate in Indy if he's selected and the Colts try to keep Peyton Manning.
So he's not.
"Peyton was my football hero. That's who I modeled myself after. You never truly replace a guy like that ... Who knows what happens."
Luck went on to say that, "If I have the opportunity to learn from a guy like that, of course, you're going to take advantage of it."
Yes, he was coached well. Luck measured an even 6-4 today.
RG3 was equally effective during his media session. The guy was masterful. Obviously, he wants to go No. 1 and cleared the way by saying he wouldn't be a problematic backup behind Peyton Manning.
"It would be an honor to sit back and learn," he said. "I'd hold the clipboard with pride."
Asked to name players he patterns himself after, RG3 mentioned Randall Cunningham, Steve Young, John Elway and Ken Stabler.
One knock against RG2 was erased earlier today when he measured in at 6-2 3/8ths and 223 pounds. Another knock is he played his entire career at Baylor in the shotgun.
"So did Eli Manning and Tom Brady in the Super Bowl," Griffin said.
Griffin also said he's eager to get on the grease board with teams and show him he knows schemes. There is a perception the Baylor offense is simplistic and RG3 might have trouble picking up NFL concepts.
Not true, he said.
"I can't wait to show teams what I know," he said.
Griffin is from a military family. Both parents were sergeants in the service. "It helped me to be the disciplined person I am," he said.
Love this kid!