INDIANAPOLIS — Robert Griffin III proved he’s the fastest quarterback at this year’s NFL scouting combine.
It might not be enough to supplant Andrew Luck as the No. 1 pick.
The two finally got a chance to demonstrate their athleticism Sunday when workouts began.
Griffin showed his speed in the 40-yard dash, finishing officially in 4.41 seconds – the best of any quarterback. Unofficially, Luck ran a 4.59, the same time Cam Newton posted in 2011, but the time was adjusted to an official 4.69, fourth among QBs.
Justin Blackmon, the No. 1 ranked receiver in this draft class, ran the gauntlet – a drill in which players must catch balls thrown quickly in succession.
Three receivers led the official results: Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, Stanford’s Chris Owusu and Miami’s Travis Benjamin all finished with official times of 4.36. Oregon running back LaMichael James (4.37) and Miami running back Lamar Miller (4.38) rounded out the top five.
FANS WELCOME: A little more than three weeks after the NFL allowed fans to watch the Super Bowl’s media day for the first time, league officials let a smattering of fans watch the combine workouts for the first time.
The league gave out about 250 free tickets to some of Sunday’s workouts.
NFL Network televises the performances, but league officials traditionally have kept the workouts closed because they didn’t want spectators becoming a distraction by cheering.
CRICK ALMOST READY: Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick is nearly recovered from the pectoral tear that cost him more than half his senior season.
When his college career ended, he was eighth on the school’s career sacks (20), including 9½ in both 2009 and 2010. Now he’s trying to prove he’s healthy in time for April’s draft.
“I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there,” he said.