Keeping Stafford off the field in 2009
|Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions agreed on a contract Friday night.|
DETROIT -- The Black and Blue blog has arrived in the Eastern time zone, and I'll be heading out to the Lions' facility shortly to be in place for the formal announcement of Matthew Stafford as the No. 1 overall pick. Hopefully I won't get stuck behind any of the Brinks trucks bringing Stafford's first paycheck to the building.
If you're inclined to have ESPNEWS running in the background, keep in mind we'll be starting the NFC North portion of the "On the Clock" series at 3 p.m. ET. I'll be jumping on to update the latest and greatest news from each division team.
Meanwhile, Don Banks of SI.com had a good early reaction to the Stafford contract: Despite the record-setting moolah, the Lions must be patient and let Stafford develop on the bench at least for one season.
Consider this list of the last five quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall, as compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. The collective performances were hardly impressive and not necessarily a productive building block for future success:
Oakland's JaMarcus Russell (2007): 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
San Francisco's Alex Smith (2005): 1 touchdown, 11 interceptions
New York Giants' Eli Manning (2004): 6 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
Cincinnati's Carson Palmer (2003): Didn't play
Houston's David Carr (2002): 9 touchdowns, 15 interceptions
And finally, here is a trivia question to consider while you're waiting for this thing finally to get underway:
Name the last Georgia quarterback to appear in the Pro Bowl. (Hint: Think with your feet.)