Jitters and a powerful arm in Athens, Ga.

March, 19, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The early consensus from the Athens, Ga., is that quarterback Matthew Stafford probably didn't change any minds during his pro day workout. If you liked him before the workout, you liked him afterwards. If you had concerns about making him the No. 1 overall pick of the draft, they weren't allayed.

Stafford displayed a rocket arm, according to ESPN.com draft analyst Todd McShay. But McShay said it looked like Stafford might have experienced some "jitters" and added:

"[Stafford's] footwork and mechanics at times were a little bit off. I think that's part of the concern with Stafford as the No. 1 pick."

Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew and Lions quarterbacks coach Gary Horton were among those who scouted the workout, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com. Brandt classified 47 of Stafford's 50 passes as accurate. Brandt's conclusion:

"What did I learn from Stafford's workout? That I wouldn't be worried if I were the Lions about taking him with the No. 1 pick."

Stafford now has 11 days to prepare for a private workout with Detroit, scheduled for March 31 on the University of Georgia campus. Lions coach Jim Schwartz is expected to attend that event, which likely will carry more weight for the team than did Thursday's pro day.

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