SI story: Stafford impressed at combine
Sports Illustrated has a story titled "Searching for Bobby Layne" appearing on newstands tomorrow about Matt Stafford, his ties to Bobby Layne and how the Lions are doing their diligence evaluating the draft's No. 1 quarterback prospect. You know all about the Stafford-Layne connection through their alma matter Highland Park High, but here's a couple tidbits from the story I found interesting:
Stafford apparently met with 10 teams during the combine. Peter King reports he wowed coached on at least two accounts. Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee drew a Miami pass play for Stafford, complete with terminology, erased it, then asked Stafford to redraw it and explain his route progression, King wrote. When Stafford finished, Lee told him he'd nailed it. Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula asked Stafford to draw up a play and teach it to the room of coaches and scouts. Stafford drew up his favoriteRex Gun 562 Vacationand drilled the coaches on it.
In another visit, Stafford told the magazine he was grilled by the team psychologist from the 49ers, who asked about his parents' divorce when he was in high school. Stafford said "he'd adjusted well," King wrote. Told he sounded as if he might have unfinished business concerning the divorce, Stafford said there certainly was not. 'I felt like, I wonder how much I'm being charged per hour for this?' he says. 'But I understand. They're going to pay a lot of money in the first round.'
Lastly, of the Lions dinner with Stafford last Thursday at Shula's Steak House, Stafford told the magazine that coach Jim Schwartz asked him, If this was a recruiting visit for college, what would you want to ask us? Stafford said he'd like to visit Detroit and see the city. The next day, King wrote that Stafford snuck behind Detroit's buttoned-up chief operating officer, Tom Lewand, bear-hugged him and lifted him off the ground. 'Come on!" Stafford said, laughing. 'Let's go! I'm ready!' In other words, Pick me!