Sanchez may work out in Indy
Matt Stafford isn't expected to throw at the NFL combine this week, but Mark Sanchez, the other quarterback that might interest the Lions at the top of the draft, is leaning towards a full workout in Indianapolis, his brother and co-agent Nick Sanchez said Monday.
Right now we're preparing to do everything, Nick Sanchez said. It'll be one of those game-time decisions, see how he's feeling. We're training to do everything.
Sanchez and Stafford are widely considered the top two quarterbacks in the draft, and ESPN analyst Mel Kiper said last week both are worthy of going No. 1 overall. Of Sanchez, Kiper said, if he would have gone back to USC next year he would have been probably lock, stock and barrel the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. That means something.
Sanchez's decision to work out, if he follows through on it, won't assure him of top billing in this class, but it's a good sign nonetheless. First, personnel types like to see players compete on a stage like the combine and like to see quarterbacks throw outside their comfort zone to receivers they don't know. Second, if he performs well, Sanchez will generate some of the No. 1-overall-buzz he's lacking right now. That shouldn't influence general manager Martin Mayhew one way or another, but it could help convince a skeptical fan base that Sanchez is worthy of that choice.
The biggest question teams have with Sanchez is his lack of college game experience (only 16 starts). That won't be answered at the combine, but for the Lions, a team looking to develop a quarterback long-term and likely to start a veteran this year, that might not be an issue.
Workouts for all quarterbacks are scheduled for Sunday.