Is Mark Sanchez Ready for the Big League?

Don AbrahamContributor IApril 23, 2009

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the USC Trojans to hand the ball off during the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi against the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Pasadena, California. The Trojans defeated the Nittany Lions 38-24. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

It's hard to not be persuaded by a handsome, well-educated, athletic young man from Orange County, Calif. Many NFL executives are cramming the phones right now to jockey for USC quarterback Mark Sacnchez.

Is he ready for the big league?

Who knows?  USC coach Pete Carroll did not seem too confident about his chances in the NFL.  When speaking at a press conference with Sanchez back in January, Carroll said "After analyzing all the information, the truth is there—he should’ve stayed for another year.” 

I agree with Caroll, especially after seeing how Matt Lienert turned out at Arizona, and Vince Young in Tennessee. 

The NFL has a very complex format for quarterbacks.  Becoming an NFL quarterback is very difficult and there are issues of masculinity, humility, decisiveness, and intelligence.  Sanchez is very intelligent and comes from a great family and excellent community in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Humility—he's got it in the bag!

Decisiveness we don't know yet; there is nothing to measure how he will react with Brian Urlacher breathing down his neck every step of the way. Neither is there any way to assess how he reacts to cornerbacks with recovery speed faster than anything hes ever seen.

Decisiveness is practically how fast can you make good decisions. Will Sanchez throw to the receiver who appears to be open, due to a zone scheme imposed by the opposing team's defensive coordinator? Or will he reach down and gather up his masculinity and develop the trust and respect of his teammates in order to rally the team around his ambitions?

We cannot tell until he throws on that uniform.  Typically, you can determine after five starts how well of a quarterback will be for the rest of his career.

Luckily for Sanchez, the Lions aren't interested in drafting him.