Marky Mark Sanchez, Off Your Trojan White Horse and into the NFL

Ross JonesCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2009

Mark Sanchez is expected to declare for the 2009 NFL Draft today, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Although the Trojans of Southern California will dearly miss the signal caller, Sanchez will undoubtedly be one of the top two quarterback prospects in the draft. 

The eye-black wearin’, Vinny Chase lookalike has made the right decision by entering the draft because of potential wage-scale overhaul and the lack of quarterback competition in the draft.

Students go to college to (flirt with chicks and drink booze) obtain a degree and pursue a career. Although Sanchez won’t be receiving his collegiate credentials, after one full season, Sanchez has made himself generational money. 

In 2008, the Atlanta Falcons picked Matt Ryan, a quarterback out of Boston College.  Ryan and the franchise agreed to a six-year, $72 million contract, which drew much skepticism. Veteran players were in an uproar over how much money first round rookies make opposed to proven stars in the league. 

Ryan’s monumental contract surpassed the likes of Michael Turner, Asante Samuel, Ryan Grant, and Flozell Adams. Two from the aforementioned list are now All-Pro players making less than a collegiate talent who, prior to this season, never stepped foot inside the NFL lines. 

Since then, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner has expressed an interest in a potential wage-scale overhaul. Simply put, first year NFL players won’t be offered such lucrative contracts. Because Sanchez is declaring himself eligible in 2009, he won’t feel any of the potential factors that would come with this policy.  Line those pockets Mark!

To understand Sanchez’s value, it’s important to realize there is a market for talented quarterbacks in the league. 

The Seahawks need to plan for the future—Matt Hasselbeck is injury-prone and aging. 

The Vikings haven’t found a legitimate starter since Daunte Culpepper got his roll on in the ’90s. 

The Detroit Lions have a former CFL quarterback daydreaming with the ball in his hand. 

The Kansas City Chiefs have Tyler Thigpen under center. He showed glimpses of talent, but is that the direction newly hired GM Scott Pioli wants to go? 

Now, GMs are forced to answer where they will find a legitimate arm.  Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy, three future legit NFL arms, have all said they will return to their universities to contend another year for the BCS Championship. 

Other than the draft, here is the crop of free agent talent for the QB position: J.P. Losman, Rex Grossman, Kerry Collins, Kurt Warner, Charlie Batch, Patrick Ramsey, Kyle Boller, and Jeff Garcia.

Also, many draft experts have agreed there is an absence of elite quarterback talent in the upperclassmen this year. After all that said, Georgia’s Matt Stafford and Sanchez will be the top two talents at this position this year, bar none. 

Many skeptics are saying Sanchez should stay in school and develop another year.

I say, "a year too early is better than a year too late." 

For example, Matt Leinart. 

His senior season, he didn’t get the ring, Heisman, or a number one overall selection. The year prior, draft analysts predicted Leinart would’ve been picked by the 49ers (No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith). 

Sanchez has nothing left to prove. 

He’s got Matt Hasselbeck’s legs with Aaron Rodgers' pinpoint accuracy. 

The time is now. 

Hop off your white Trojan horse and onto the stage at Radio Music City Hall.