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NFL Draft: A Look at Luke Getsy

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Luke Getsy will be the first to tell you he’s “never been crazy about” watching the NFL Draft, but the Akron quarterback will pay attention this year.

“I always make sure I see where everyone is going, guys that I know and guys that I’ve met in the last six months,” Getsy said. “Sunday, I’ll be watching a little more intently.”

Getsy isn’t sure whether he’ll be selected, as some scouts project him as a sixth- or seventh-round pick and others view him as free-agent material. When he attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this past February, Getsy interviewed with 22 teams. Sixteen teams also attended Akron’s Pro Day, although many were drawn by Zips offensive guard Andy Alleman, who, like Getsy, is a former Pitt player who followed J.D. Brookhart to Akron.

“I think it’s going to take a team that likes what they saw at my combine workout and my pro day workout,” Getsy said. “I know teams are interested. We’ll see how interested they are.”

Although Getsy isn’t the type to blow you away with his physical prowess, remember that he was a three-sport star at Steel Valley who ended his career as the WPIAL’s all-time leading passer and led the Ironmen to a WPIAL Class AAA basketball title as a senior.

At 6-foot-2{1/2}, 223 pounds, he has the requisite size to play quarterback. And though his mobility is questioned, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.94 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.4, the three-cone drill in 6.94 and had a vertical leap of 32.5 inches at the combine.

Getsy also spent some time working out with quarterback coach Roger Thedur, who refined Getsy’s throwing motion to improve his release and his accuracy.

“He definitely helped my mechanics and got ready,” Getsy said. “When I was at Akron, I was dropping the ball a little too much and slowing my release down. My release is so much quicker. I’m getting the ball up and I’m more accurate with it. It’s tough at first. I was throwing one way for so long, then you switch it up at the end of December.”

That Getsy has played in a pro-style offense, much like other Mid-American quarterbacks who have started in the NFL, could be another advantage. Getsy hopes to join a list that includes Eastern Michigan’s Charlie Batch (Steelers), Marshall’s Chad Pennington (Jets) and Byron Leftwich (Jaguars), Miami’s Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers), Getsy’s predecessor at Akron, Charlie Frye (Browns), and Toledo’s Bruce Gradkowski (Bucs).

“I can’t speak for the other guys, but the offenses I’ve been in under Walt Harris and J.D. Brookhart is going to help me out,” Getsy said. “We’re speaking the same lingo. It’s a good training to get to that point, so I’ll have a little advantage there.

“It’s definitely going to be something that’s going to help me. I had three different quarterback coaches in five years (Walt Harris at Pitt, Jim Pry and Joe Moorhead at Akron), so it shows that I’m able to adapt quickly to whatever style is coaching me. Everyone has their own style and there’s no one specific style I do better with.”

Getsy will spend the weekend at his Munhall home, hoping to hear his name called during the NFL Draft. All he wants is a phone call from an NFL team, one that likes what they see and is willing to take a chance on him.

“Whatever was meant to happen will happen. I’m just going to take what I can get. Hopefully, I’ll get a great opportunity. It’s more important to get to the right place, than be drafted or not drafted.”
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