NFL Draft Preview – Matthew Stafford & Mark Sanchez

Apr 21, 2009
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Matthew Stafford had an outstanding season for Georgia last year.  He completed 235 of 383 passes (61.4%) for 3459 yards with 25 TDs and 10 INTs.  He had a Passer Rating of 153.54.  He played great in their Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State throwing for 250 yards and 3 TDs.  Aside from a 3 INT performance against Florida, he was pretty solid all year long.

He has great size (6’3″, 237 LBs) with a big, strong arm.  He played in a Pro Style Offense and can make all of the throws.  He is also a very intelligent player that should have no trouble adjusting to the next level.  He has a public spat with Mike Singletary, but that should not have any bearing on his draft status.  Unless he is unreasonable with contract demands, he’ll be throwing to Calvin Johnson at some point next year for the Detroit Lions.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #1 to the Detroit Lions

WalterFootball.com:  #1 to the Detroit Lions

Draft King:  #1 to the Detroit Lions

Consensus Draft Services:  #1 to the Detroit Lions

The Football Expert:  #1 to the Detroit Lions

NFL Draft Scout:  Top ranked QB
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Mark Sanchez isn’t as highly regarded as Stafford, but he’s clearly the #2 QB prospect in the draft.  He had a great year at USC completing 241 of 366 passes (65.8%) for 3207 yards with 34 TDs and 10 INTs.  His passer rating was a robust 164.64.  He saved his best game for last as he helped USC take out Penn State in the Rose Bowl.  He completed 28 of 35 passes for 413 yards and 4 TDs.  He also added a rushing TD.

Sanchez has good size at 6’3″, 225 Lbs.  He too has a strong arm, great leadership skills, working knowledge of a Pro Style Offense, and the smarts to make the NFL transition.  He comes from a great pedigree of USC QBs, that was bolstered by the play of Matt Cassel, who also spent time as a reserve Trojan QB.  My guess is he’ll be drafted in the eight spot via a trade with Jacksonville.  Who will jump up to get him?  Maybe Denver.  Maybe the Jets. 

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #8 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

WalterFootball.com:  #8 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Draft King:  #4 to the Seattle Seahawks

Consensus Draft Services:  #12 to the Denver Broncos

The Football Expert:  #8 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Draft Scout:  #2 ranked QB

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    everyone’s forgetting about Davis?

    Sanchez+NFL= i fall really short of saying MAMULA.

  2. LestersLegends
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    I posted JD’s Junior Report on him a while back.

  3. CK0712
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    I know, i remember reading it, he did a great job on it. seriously though, alot of ppl. are 4getting about him!

    he’s got a long way to go (sanchez) before he’s a starter….just my gut is all!

  4. LestersLegends
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    I hear ya on Sanchez. I’m warming up to him. Seems like a good kid. Yeah, you hear about Freeman and not Davis really.

  5. CK0712
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    everyone’s guilty, me as well! wonder if he’ll change his mind on not coming to new york this w/e!

    stafford, earmarked for the lions, he would have a good groomer.

    anyone’s guess, everyone (including me) is stuck on the top names.

  6. LestersLegends
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    I hear ya. That’s who I have focused on as well. Those are the ones that draw people’s interest I think.

  7. Larry
    April 21st, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    I hear what you want in a QB is a guy who is not afraid to take control of any situation,
    One person said about Sanchez is even if you want someone to go Subway to get subs for everyone Sanchez is your guy. It sounds like Sanchez a attitude of give me the D**n ball and lets go out there. I know USC QBs have not panned out that great, but this one will win a Super Bowl if he stays healthy and is not on the Lions.

  8. LestersLegends
    April 21st, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    I think Leinart is the exception. Carson Palmer is a great QB. He just has the misfortune of playing in Cincy. Cassel was great last year. I suppose the jury is still out on Booty. I’m not expecting much out of him. That’s a great Subway line about Sanchez and like I said I’m slowly coming around on him.

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