5 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
2009.04.09  Georgia Quarterbacks Drafted
It's been a long time since a Georgia quarterback has made an impact in the NFL. The only Georgia quarterback to make a Pro Bowl appearance was Fran Tarkenton. Stafford will be just the 7th quarterback from Georgia drafted in the common draft era.
Georgia Quarterbacks in NFL Draft - Since 1990
Year Player Picked By Round
2006 D.J. Shockley Falcons 6th
2005 David Greene Seahawks 3rd
2001 Quincy Carter Cowboys 2nd
1995 Eric Zeier Browns 3rd
2009.04.09  First-Round 'Dawgs
Recent 1st-round picks from Georgia have been underwhelming, to say the least.
Georgia 1st Round Picks - Since 2003
2005 David Pollack DE Bengals
2005 Thomas Davis LB Panthers
2004 Ben Watson TE Patriots
2003 George Foster OT Broncos
2003 Johnathan Sullivan DT Saints
5 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related