Don't forget about Mark Sanchez

March, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Throughout all the recent discussion on Detroit's quarterback situation -- Daunte Culpepper? Jon Kitna? Matthew Stafford? Jay Cutler? -- one prominent name has been overlooked. USC quarterback Mark Sanchez is generally considered the second-best quarterback in the draft, and the Lions have the ammunition to draft him if they want.

Lions officials will attend Sanchez's April 1 pro day, which is one day after the team's private workout with Georgia quarterback Stafford. The Lions won't give Sanchez a private workout, but coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday they will host him on a visit to their practice facility in Detroit. The Lions also hope to tack some drills of their own onto his pro day throwing session, Schwartz said.

Typically, the schools control the workout procedure and plan the drills. Schwartz said the Lions hoped Sanchez will give Detroit the option of, say, throwing into the wind instead of with the wind.

"I'm sure his agent will be open to it," Schwartz said.

The Lions are in an interesting spot with Sanchez. Even if they prefer him over Stafford, it's unlikely they will choose him at No. 1. It's also risky to assume he will be available with their No. 20 overall pick. More than likely, the Lions would have to make some sort of trade -- either down from No. 1 pick or up from No. 20 -- to draft him in an appropriate slot.

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