- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009

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TAKE YOUR PICK » Which QB should Detroit select first overall in the draft: Matt Stafford or Mark Sanchez?

Matt Stafford; The Georgia slinger unquestionably has the stronger arm. The strong-armed Texan could throw a perfect spiral through a piece of Plexiglas from 60 yards. His numbers improved every season at Georgia, concluding with a junior season in which the 6-foot-3, 237-pound gunner completed 235 of 383 passes (61.4 percent) for 3,459 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Neither Stafford nor Sanchez qualifies as particularly mobile (both were sacked 17 times), but the Georgia junior (20) is two years younger.

Mark Sanchez; Though the Southern Cal junior lacks Stafford’s massive arm strength, Sanchez is a more accurate passer who can make all the throws. In his first full season as USC’s starter, Sanchez completed 241 of 366 passes (65.8 percent) for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Unlike Stafford, who had two full seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs, Sanchez should have another performance leap in his future.

Our take; The Lions would do themselves a favor by drafting can’t-miss Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith or trading the top pick because both Stafford and Sanchez have serious issues. Sanchez needed another year of seasoning at USC. He’s the better player, but what NFL team wants to hand the keys to its franchise to a player with one year of college starting experience?

Stafford’s issues are more worrisome. First, he looks like he has never seen a weight room and could eat himself out of the league before his first snap. Second and more importantly, Stafford performed poorly in big games… almost without exception. In four games against top-10 defenses this season, Stafford threw three touchdowns and six interceptions.

TWT FIVE: TOUGHEST SCHEDULES

The toughest men’s college basketball schedules through Sunday’s games, according to Ken Pomeroy of kenpom.com:

1. Oregon (6-12)

2. Tennessee (11-5)

3. Georgetown (12-4)

4. Indiana (5-12)

5. South Florida (6-11)


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