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If both went to Stanford, it almost certainly would have played out much differently, of course.

“There’s only one ball out there at a time,” Harbaugh said.

Luck is considered the prototypical quarterback type _ 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck. Griffin was a state champion sprinter in high school, and opponents may fear his legs as much as his arm at the pro level, just as teams did in the college ranks.

Their styles seem wildly different.

That’s not even close, Harbaugh insists.

“Really, the perception isn’t that relevant,” Harbaugh said. “But they’re both great athletes. I wouldn’t even compare them. They’re both great. They’re both extremely smart. They’re both extremely athletic. Both, great arm strength. Both throw the ball accurately. They’re both really good.”

For at least another year, Harbaugh can keep rooting for both from afar. Barring a postseason matchup, his 49ers won’t be seeing the Colts or the Redskins in the 2012 season.

And come draft night, he will be watching.

“Neat to be a small part of it,” Harbaugh said.


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