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On the clock: Sanchez vs. Stafford

1/15/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
In NFL draft terms, would you take USC quarterback Mark Sanchez over Georgia's Matthew Stafford?

The Detroit Lions, owners of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, will face that question at some point in their preparation; Sanchez made it official Thursday and declared his eligibility. For the time being, the Sanchez-Stafford debate will be among the top NFL draft conversations. It's guaranteed to spark response. Try it on your friends at the club this weekend.

If you're interested, Scouts Inc. draft expert Todd McShay currently grades Sanchez (95) slightly higher than Stafford (94). Overall, Scouts rates Sanchez the ninth-best prospect available, with Stafford just behind him at No. 10.

Those of you who paid attention during the college football season: Let me know what you think about this question in the comments section below. It's early in the evaluation season, but never too early for speculation.