NFL Draft: Quarterbacks


Matthew Safford's may not have a rookie season the likes of last year's breakout stars if drafted QB-needy Detroit. (By Andy Lyons -- Getty Images)

The Blue Chips

Matthew Stafford, Georgia
6-2, 225
Those who wonder if Stafford can have the same rookie success as Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Baltimore's Joe Flacco need to keep a few things in mind. First, Stafford is leaving after his junior season. Second, if he goes to the Lions, he won't have the same help from the running game as Ryan and Flacco. Stafford's development could be far slower.

Mark Sanchez, Southern Cal
6-2, 227
Doesn't have Stafford's physical skills, but some in the league consider Sanchez the top passer available. Also passed up his senior season. Did have a redshirt season in 2005, unlike Stafford, but Sanchez had to wait his turn. Only 16 collegiate starts. Still that's 16 more than Matt Cassel made during his college career at Southern Cal.

Class Grade: B

Others to Watch

Josh Freeman, Kansas State
6-6, 248
Has been in the shadows of Stafford and Sanchez during the predraft buildup, but many expect him to go in the first round, perhaps to the quarterback-needy Jets at 17th. . Running threat had 20 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Nate Davis, Ball State
6-1, 226
Consecutive 3,500-yard passing seasons with 74 career touchdowns, sixth in Mid-American Conference history behind Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Tim Lester, Bruce Gradkowski and Ben Roethlisberger.

Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State
6-2, 225
Threw for 2,018 yards as a redshirt freshman at Oklahoma, then was kicked off the team. Passed for 5,564 yards in 19 games at Sam Houston State.

Teams in need

1   Lions
2   Seahawks
3   49ers
4   Broncos
5   Jets

Redskins Outlook

While some would say starter Jason Campbell is developing, the Redskins continue to look elsewhere, missing out on Jay Cutler in trade efforts and now coveting Southern Cal's Sanchez. Owner Daniel Snyder's quest for his franchise quarterback continues.

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