Mark Sanchez Rumors and The NFC North

Tim SeemanAnalyst IApril 23, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC passes the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN is reporting that four teams are jockeying for position to draft Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez.  The four are Seattle, Washington, Cleveland, and the New York Jets.

What's interesting about this to me is Washington's plan.  The Redskins want to trade picks with Seattle to jump from 13 to four and use that pick to draft Sanchez.  If that happens, Jason Campbell, the quarterback that Washington offered up for Jay Cutler, will become expendable again.  Paolantonio said that if this happens, the Minnesota Vikings might be one of the teams interested in Campbell.

How hyped would the quarterback situation in the NFC North be if that happened?  Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers got drafted one pick before Campbell in 2005, so the direct comparison between the two will immediately commence.

Cutler in Chicago is already a big deal, and if Detroit drafts Matthew Stafford as many expect, the NFC North will suddenly have the best stable of young NFL quarterbacks that will, presumably, compete head to head for years to come.

This would also allow the NFC North to drop it's "black and blue" stereotype and join the rest of the football world in becoming pass-wacky.  And it should excite fans of all four teams because, ultimately, it's the fans who will benefit from all the improvements.

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