Jake Long was the No. 1 pick last year, who goes in that spot in 2009?
What? I need 300 characters? Okay, I'll throw in my scouting report on Mark Sanchez:
Strengths: Arm Strength, Accuracy, Size, Pocket Presence, Poise, Decisions Making, Leadership, Energy, Athleticism
Scouting Report: Sanchez has prototypical QB size at 6’3" and 230 lbs. He has a perfect drop back and gets rid of the ball quickly.
He has very good mechanics and makes up for a long motion with quick decision making. His pure arm strength has been compared to Carson Palmer and he delivers the 15-25 yard out pattern with a perfect line drive spiral consistently.
He has the right amount of touch on his passes, and can throw the deep ball at an NFL level. He has pinpoint accuracy, rarely missing his targets and usually hitting them right on the hands.
Usually he throws a great pass that only his WR can catch, but sometimes he overthrows. This isn’t too bad, though, because he is still making sure it won’t get picked.
Sanchez has a great pocket presence. He is aware of where all the defenders are and where he is on the field. He steps into his throws on a consistent basis, and is rarely tipped at the line.
He has good mobility, picking up a few yards on the ground and getting away from defenders on bootlegs very well. He is extremely athletic, as shown by his throws on the run.
Sanchez is a great leader on the field with tremendous amounts of energy. His teammates are very trusting of him and he is always in sync with his receivers.
Sanchez is the most complete QB in this draft. There really isn’t any aspect of his game that he doesn’t excel at. He has improved greatly in 2008, making better decisions with the ball and hitting his receivers hands more regularly.
While he doesn’t have as many snaps at the college level as most draft prospects, this will not hurt him because he is simply more fundamentally sound than most.
NFL Draft Projection
Sanchez will most likely be a top-10 pick, possibly going as high as first overall. The longest I think he would fall would be 17 for the Jets—and that is a big stretch.
NFL Comparison: Brett Favre.
Mark Sanchez is so much like Favre. He is 6’3", 230 pounds. He is very athletic. He has a great arm, and is very accurate. And most of all he is a great leader who brings an energy to his team.
I think he is far less of a gunslinger than Favre, although at times he can throw one up there.