Tag:Mark Sanchez
Posted on: April 6, 2009 6:27 pm

Matt Hasselbeck's mini-camp key to Top 10?


 The Seattle Seahawks own the 4th pick of the draft and are thought to be considering using the pick on the eventual successor to Matt Hasselbeck. Some have theorized that if the Detroit Lions were to select someone other than Georgia's Matt Stafford with the top pick that the Seahawks would end his "fall." Others believe the Seahawks may take USC's Mark Sanchez at #4 regardless of what the Lions do.

Through savvy decisions in free agency and trade, Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell has put the team in position to take the best available player with the fourth pick of the draft. The team entered the off-season with clear needs at receiver, offensive tackle, and defensive tackle but filled those with the signing of TJ Houshmandzadeh, re-signing of Ray Willis and trade for Cory Redding. They could look to fill their greatest remaining need at outside linebacker with Aaron Curry, if he was available, or look to the future with OTs Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe, receiver Michael Crabtree, or one of the quarterbacks.

Ruskell will be able to make a much more informed decision after this week's mini-camp.

The 33-year old Hasselbeck is expected to participate in the mini-camp, after missing 9 games last season with a bulging disk in his back.

Though there won't be anything even remotely resembling the physicality of a regular season game in this week's mini-camp, how Hasselbeck performs could be a critical component in the Seahawks' decision on draft day.

Sanchez is one of the real wildcards of the 2009 draft, with his projected team ranging from Seattle at #4, Jacksonville at #8 or San Francisco (#10) all the way into the deep teens with the Jets (#17) and Bucs (#19).

Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:58 pm

USC Pro Day, Sanchez Report

Mark Sanchez was his typical charismatic self and threw the ball well in his scripted workout today - better than he did at the Combine in February. Of his 50 throws, five fell incomplete but only two or three were inaccurate. He looked very smooth in his delivery, flattening his ball flight on out routes and showing more than adequate velocity.

Detroit Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan asked Sanchez to make some additional throws after the scripted portion of the workout was over. He threw some receiver screens, so Linehan could watch the flight of the ball up close, as well as a few roll-outs. Linehan talked with Carroll about five yards behind Sanchez as he threw.

The Trojan quarterback then launched a half-dozen deep balls, the first few were overthrown a bit but he eventually hit WR Patrick Turner on the sideline and former teammate TE Dominique Byrd down the hash. After he finished throwing, Sanchez spent time with the Lions' representatives.

Former USC and NFL quarterback Rob Johnson, who has been working with Sanchez this off-season, was also on hand for the workout.

Posted on: April 1, 2009 3:52 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 3:17 am

Southern Cal Pro Day, part two

Although linebacker Brian Cushing and his teammate, Clay Matthews, tested very similarly at the Combine, their 40 times were significantly different today according to initial reports. Scouts timed Cushing between 4.7 and 4.75, as much as two-tenths of a second higher than Matthews ran.

QB Mark Sanchez is now getting ready to throw as the NFL scouts huddle up to go over their 40 times to reach a consensus on each player.

CB Cary Harris is not working out today because of a pulled hamstring, and is very disappointed. He really wanted to improve his 40 time from the 4.67 he posted in Indianapolis.


Posted on: March 23, 2009 11:27 am

Lions negotiating with potential #1 picks?


 As is often the case this time of the year, there are rumors flowing through scouting circles that the Lions have begun negotiations with several different players in the hopes of finalizing a contract well before the opening pick is made on April 25th.

KFFL is reporting that the Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith will be the first pick.

At the same time, there are other rumors via league sources that Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe, Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez's representatives have been contacted. Jason Smith and Matt Stafford are represented by the power firm CAA. Eugene Monroe is represented by a virtual unknown in the business, Sanat "Sunny" Shah. Mark Sanchez is represented by his brother, Nick Sanchez.

Detroit Lions' president told Tom Kowalski of MLive.com that:

“We have to have robust dialogue with the agents of the players we’re interested in. We’ve started that process and we’ve made it very clear to all of them that we have to have that as this month draws to a close.”





Posted on: February 22, 2009 12:43 pm

Brandstater, Brown most impressive QBs

The NFL generally does not allow media in to view the workouts. For the third year in a row, however, they have allowed a select few media members in to view the quarterbacks and wide receivers workout. I was among those allowed in to view this mornings workout.

Among the impressions with the QBs:

Fresno State's Tom Brandstater was the most impressive thrower of the bunch. His passes were thrown accurately and with impressive velocity. Central Arkansas's Nathan Brown also helped himself. Enough zip for the out and and good touch over the top on the deep ball and post-corner. 

Brandstater and Brown helped themselves, but the scouts most wanted to see juniors Josh Freeman (Kansas State) and Nate Davis (Ball State) this morning. Freeman has good arm strength, but his accuracy was inconsistent. On many of his shorter and intermediate routes, he often was a bit high or wide with his throws. All in all, it was a solid performance, but not the jaw-dropping one some had projected. Davis was a little erratic early, but improved as the practice went on. He has the best deep ball (in terms of accuracy, velocity, trajectory, etc.) of any of the QBs here. He did not wear gloves.

Texas Tech's Graham Harrell struggled, at times.

USC's Mark Sanchez will throw later today. Georgia's Matt Stafford will run, but not throw.



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