The Detroit Lions will draft former Georgia star quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick at the NFL draft on April 25, Pro Football Talk reported Wednesday.
With representatives for each of the 32 professional teams watching, Stafford completed 45 of his 50 passes to four receivers on Georgia’s pro day last month.
In a script of plays he said he wrote, Stafford zipped passes to each sideline, he threw deep routes — including one completion of at least 50 yards — and he threw while rolling to his right and left.
The workout was important because Stafford did not throw at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
“I wanted to be able to throw a bunch of balls,” Stafford said. “At Indy you get to throw about 10 to 15 and it was a good chance for me to get out here and throw 50 and let people see.”
Stafford didn’t give himself a grade but said “I think I did pretty good.”
“I missed one or two that I just threw high but other than that I think I did well,” he said. “This is how well you can throw in your shorts to a guy in a T-shirt with nobody guarding him, so it’s important I guess for people to see the physical attributes, but it’s not real football.”
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula said he was impressed by Stafford’s throws.
“I think he’s got a bright mind,” Shula said. “I think he’s a fast thinker and I think he has all the tools that an NFL quarterback is going to need to be successful.”
Shula said Stafford’s draft status should not be hurt by not throwing at the NFL combine.
Southern California’s Mark Sanchez joins Stafford as the highest rated quarterbacks in the draft.
Stafford was a three-year starter at Georgia before bypassing his senior year to enter the draft.
He completed 235 of 383 passes (61.4 percent) for 3,459 yards with a school-record 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and was 27-7 as a starter in his career.
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