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INDIANAPOLIS -- Matthew Stafford is attending the annual scouting combine in mind and body, just not in shorts. The Georgia quarterback is meeting with teams and conducting the normal interview process for prospective draft choices, but he's holding back all throwing workouts until his pro day on March 19.
Stafford did poke his head into the media room, however, and here is a sample of what he said:
Would it help to sit behind a veteran during your rookie season?
Matthew Stafford: My philosophy on that is, I want to do everything I can to be as ready as possible to play wherever I go. It doesn't matter. If they don't feel that I'm ready to go and I have to sit behind a veteran for a while and maybe learn some of the things that I need to learn, then that's fine. But I'm going to make it as hard as I can on coaches to try to keep me off the field. I've always been one to want to get in there and play as soon as I'm ready. That's my plan going in to wherever I play.
What would it be like to have Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson on your team?
MS: I saw him up close and personal two years ago in 2006 at Georgia. Not too many guys look like that when they put the pads on. He's a heck of a player and an incredible athlete and, from what I hear, a great guy. He did big things last year, and it would definitely be fun to throw to a guy like that. You can't say it wouldn't be. He's an outstanding player, a huge target with speed and great hands, and somebody you can definitely build an offense around.
Do you think you should be the No. 1 overall pick?
MS: You know what? It's not up to me to say. I think I'm doing everything that I can to prove to people that I'm a good football player and worthy of the pick, and if that so happens to be the first pick to the Detroit Lions, I'd be more than happy to be there. I'd come and play and try to turn that thing around. It would be a great honor to be picked first. No question. I'd like to have that synonymous with my name for a long time. But it's not a do-or-die, obviously. I'm going to play football in this league someplace, and it's not where you get drafted. It's where you take your career from there.