Stafford Won't Throw
INDIANAPOLIS--Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford said today he won't participate in the throwing drills at the NFL scouting combine.
"I'm not going to throw here," Stafford said. "Yeah, I'm going to run. I won't bench or throw but everything else--I'll run, jump, do whatever they want me to do."
Stafford said he'll do his throwing for NFL scouts at his on-campus pro day on March 19.
"I'm going to have a pro day... and be able to throw 50, 55 balls and do kind of what everybody expects in a pro day workout, and I'll take care of it then," Stafford said.
Stafford had dinner here Thursday night with Detroit Lions officials. The Lions, coming off the first 0-16 season in NFL history, have the top overall selection in the draft and many observers expect them to use it on Stafford.
"I had salmon and asparagus," Stafford said today. "Kept it healthy. It was good."
Stafford was asked if he thinks he should be chosen first.
"You know what? It's not up to me to say," he said. "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 some place, and it's not where you get drafted. It's where you take your career from there."
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