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Posted Feb. 20, 2009

Stafford vs. Sanchez: Wrong QB Debate

For the past few weeks, most people are talking about Georgia's Matt Stafford versus USC's Mark Sanchez as the top two quarterbacks in the 2009 NFL Draft and who is the top dog.

I think this is the wrong argument.

"So Matt, what is the right argument?"

Sanchez does not have much game experience. He only has 487 career pass attempts in Pete Carroll's system. Therefore, in the leading months up to the 2009 NFL Draft, we could see Kansas State's Josh Freeman pass up Mark Sanchez as the No. 2 quarterback.

Sanchez is my No. 2 guy right now, but we have seen crazier things before in the months leading up to the draft. We are only in the seventh mile of a marathon, and there is more to come.

Why could Freeman pass up Sanchez you ask?

Well, I think he has a better physical skill set. Freeman is 6-6, 238 while Sanchez is about 6-3, 225. Freeman has a bigger arm than Sanchez as well.

Not only that, but Freeman is far more experienced than Sanchez. He has thrown 1,151 balls in his career - 673 more than Sanchez. He has two more seasons of starting experience in an offense where he was required to be under center more than a typical spread and throw some pro routes. Maybe this pro-style offense was part of the reason Ron Prince was canned.

Don't forget about Freeman in the quarterback battle. Sure, he has his inconsistencies and accuracy concerns, but he is a very legit first-round talent. All it takes is for Mike Singletary to like how he interviews more than Sanchez.

I do not think Freeman is going No. 3 overall, but people seem to be forgetting about Freeman. With more experience, a bigger arm, and greater size than Viva Sanchez, don't count him out of the race on Draft Day.

After all, the draft can be pretty unpredictable. To think it is set in stone when we are 63 days away is ridiculous.



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