3 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related
2009.04.25  A Lot to Learn for No. 1 Overall QB
So what should Lions fans expect from Matthew Stafford? Well not much the first year. The last five quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall have not done much in their first season, each throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, with the exception of Carson Palmer who held a clipboard his entire rookie year.
Last 5 Quarterbacks Selected No. 1 Overall - In First Season
Player Team TD-Int
'07 JaMarcus Russell Raiders 2-4
'05 Alex Smith 49ers 1-11
'04 Eli Manning Chargers<< 6-9
'03 Carson Palmer Bengals DNP
'02 David Carr Texans 9-15
>> Traded to Giants on Draft Day
2009.04.24  Big Money for Top Picks
Matthew Stafford has agreed to a 6-year deal with the Lions that will pay him $41.7 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $78 million -- easily the largest contract ever for a No. 1 overall pick.
Maximum Contract Value of No. 1 Overall Pick - Since 2004
Year Player Team Contract
2009 QB Matthew Stafford Lions 6-yr/$78M
2008 OT Jake Long Dolphins 5-yr/$57.8M
2007 QB JaMarcus Russell Raiders 6-yr/$68.0M
2006 DE Mario Williams Texans 6-yr/$62.1M
2005 QB Alex Smith 49ers 6-yr/49.5M
2004 QB Eli Manning Giants<< 6-yr/$54.0M
>>Originally drafted by Chargers
2009.04.09  SEC QBs are Hit-Or-Miss
Quarterbacks from the SEC have been hit-or-miss in recent years.
Quarterbacks Drafted in 1st Round - From SEC, Since 2000
2007 JaMarcus Russell LSU Raiders
2006 Jay Cutler Vanderbilt Broncos
2005 Jason Campbell Auburn Redskins
2004 Eli Manning Ole Miss Chargers
2003 Rex Grossman Florida Bears
3 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related
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