2009 #1 NFL Draft Pick:
Detroit Lions -
Matthew Stafford (QB, Georgia)
With the first overall pick of the 2009 draft the Detroit Lions picked 6’2”, 225 lbs. quarterback out of the University of Georgia. The Lions are hoping Stafford becomes their franchise QB leading the team to the playoffs for the years to come. He held a 27-7 record as Georgia’s starter.
An early graduation from high school allowed Stafford to enroll at Georgia early and compete in spring drills. This exposure to the program left him in great shape to play in 8 games his freshman year, compiling a 6-2 record. Stafford was able to combine his amazing arm strength with excellent accuracy to amass 51 touchdown passes for the Bulldogs. He was the most NFL ready QB in the draft.
Stafford was a Texas standout at Highland Park High School before attending the University of Georgia. He was an All-State choice 3 times, Gatorade Player of the Year, EA Sports National Player of the Year, and “Mr. Texas Football.” He led the Highland Park Scots to a Texas State Championship for the first time since 1957.
Stafford throws the ball into tight spots on occasion, relying on his pro-level arm strength. He also has a tendency to lose accuracy on crossing patterns and will become lazy on his fundamentals from time to time. Stafford is in a great position to learn from veteran QB Daunte Culpepper and standout wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The Lions will look for any improvement from a record of 0-16 last year.
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