Matt Stafford plays one of the most critical positions in all of professional sports, and he has many of the physical tools scouts look for in an elite quarterback. There is more pressure on quarterbacks now than ever. The amount of information an NFL quarterback has to process is remarkable, and this is before the play even begins.
Stafford has incredible arm talent, but in 2011 he showed he was much more than a big-armed quarterback. He showed touch, poise and was remarkably efficient. The Lions have one of the most electric offenses in the NFL, and it all starts with Stafford at the helm.
Without an elite quarterback taking snaps from center, NFL teams are essentially going in reverse. The Lions have put a lot of talent on the field, but without an elite quarterback they would go nowhere. The Lions will only go as far as Stafford takes them, and if 2011 is an indication, exciting things are in store for the Detroit Lions.
In 2011, the NFL witnessed all of the talent that Stafford has as he became the fourth quarterback in history to throw for more than 5,000 yards. He threw 41 touchdown passes, along with 16 interceptions, and he finished with a passer rating of 97.2. Stafford had a historic season, and he did it as a 24-year-old.
We are going to look at Stafford from a scouting perspective, to try and see for ourselves what makes him the player that he is today, and just how talented he can be down the road.