13 Research Notes for NFL Draft Houston Texans and related
2009.09.13  Extra DBs Don't Faze Sanchez
Much of the reason Mark Sanchez had success on third down was his ability to pick apart the Texans' defense when they brought in extra defensive backs (sub small package). Houston held Sanchez and the Jets' passing game in check in its base 4-3 defense.
Mark Sanchez by Defensive Formation - Week 1 vs Texans
Defense vs 4-3 vs 5+ DB
Comp-Att 8-17 10-14
Yards per att 8.1 9.6
TD-Int 0-1 1-0
2009.09.13  Sanchez Good on Third Down
Even in his first NFL start, Mark Sanchez was not rattled even in pressure situations - the Jets' rookie stood tall on third downs, racking up over 70 percent of his passing yards in those situations.
Mark Sanchez - Week 1 vs Texans
Down 3rd Down All Other Downs
Comp-att 12-15 6-16
Pass yards 191 81
TD-Int 1-0 0-1
Passer Rtg 141.0 28.4
2009.04.25  Cushing is Rare Texans LB Pick
Linebackers Selected Rounds 1-3 by Texans - Team History
Year Round Player School
2009 1st Brian Cushing USC
2006 2nd DeMeco Ryans Alabama
2004 1st Jason Babin Western Michigan
2003 3rd Antwan Peek Cincinnati
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
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