INDIANAPOLIS—It was 1998 when the Indianapolis Colts last had the first-overall draft pick in an NFL Draft. Needing a franchise quarterback, it was safely speculated that the Colts decision would come down to one of two college prospects, either Peyton Manning from Tennessee or Ryan Leaf from Washington State.
At the 1998 NFL Scouting Combine, most teams were split over which was the better choice. And so too were the Colts undecided when their team president and general manager asked a question to both Manning and Leaf just days before the draft, "If we were to make you the No. 1 overall pick, what's the first thing you would do?"
Their answers have become part of NFL legend. It's been said that Peyton Manning mulled over the question before responding that he'd request a playbook so he could immediately begin learning the Colts' offense. Ryan Leaf mentioned something about taking his friends to Las Vegas for one last fling.
It was the last piece of information that the Colts needed.
Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium quarterbacks didn't use their arms but, rather, their charm. In between what's best described as 'speed-dating' with potential NFL teams, some of the top crop of QB's were shuffled into the media room to take, well, more questions.
We had one question for each and it was the very same one Bill Polian is credited for asking both Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf before the Indianapolis Colts made the first selection in the 1998 NFL Draft.
Asking the college prospects to respond as if they were being asked by the general manager of an NFL team, "If we were to make you the No. 1 overall pick, what's the first thing you would do?"
Tim Tebow (Florida)
"I would do whatever you wanted me to do and I'd do it with all my heart. And I'd do it over and over again."
Tony Pike (Cincinnati)
"First thing I'd [have] to thank God and then thank my family. They sacrificed so much in their personal lives to get me where I am today and I know they put up with a lot. I'd definitely thank them first and then treat them to a nice dinner."
Dan LeFevour (Eastern Michigan)
"I'd move to [your] city right away and start learning. That's the most important thing as a quarterback is to be around the facility, be seen in the building and get to work to get comfortable with that offense."
Javen Snead (Mississippi)
"That's a tough question. The very first thing I'd do is celebrate with my family."
Daryll Clark (Penn State)
"First I would definitely go home and talk with mom and talk with dad and see exactly what they need. Take care of all of that. Then I'd take care of all the things that I felt I needed to be ready to get started."
Tim Hiller (Western Michigan)
"I would get to [your] facility as soon as possible and start learning the playbook. As the first pick overall pick [I'm] going to be expected to be the guy, right away, so you better start learning."
Mike Kafka (Northwestern)
"I'll see you tomorrow. I'd come up to your facility, learn what I'm doing, know what my job is and learn the assignments."
Noticeably absent from media availability at the combine on Friday were Sam Bradford from Oklahoma, Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame and Colt McCoy from Texas.