Matt Stafford Talks About The Detroit Lions And The Draft

John Niyo / The Detroit News

Top NFL draft prospect Matthew Stafford, who could be the Lions’ choice for the No. 1 overall pick next week, took part in a short chat with Thursday afternoon. Here are some excerpts:

On disappointment if he doesn’t go No. 1 overall: “It would be a little bit disappointing, but I ‘m going to make the best out of any situation I go to.”

On “saving” the Lions’ franchise: “It’s going to be a guy that steps in and brings a winning attitude and won some college football games. With a new staff and other guys coming in, we’ll bring a winning attitude.”

On throwing to ex-college rival Calvin Johnson: “It will be awesome. I don’t think it will be weird at all. It will be a lot of fun. He’s an outstanding player.”

On the climate in Detroit: “Well, Detroit has a dome, so it shouldn’t be too cold, hopefully.”

On the Lions’ pass protection: “I think that starts with the running game. The Lions were down so much that they had to throw the ball. That gave the defense a chance to get to the QB. You have to stay ahead as much as you can.”

On what separates him from other quarterbacks in this draft: “I think experience, playmaking ability are probably the two things.”

On plans for his first NFL paycheck: “Hopefully put most of it away. Buy a house for my mom to live in.”

On how far he can throw a football: “At the combine, I threw 80 yards, that’s the furthest I’ve ever thrown it.”

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  • Corey

    If anyone ever wondered why the lions are the WORST FRANCHISE IN SPORTS HISTORY!!!!!!!!! bar none. all they had to do was watch the draft. With their first round picks they take mathew stafford and brandon pettigrew. ok I can understand Mathew stafford because no team can really be a team without a quarterback and the lions havnt had a quarterbak to speak of in years. However what good is a quarterback without an offensive line. The lions second pick of Pettigrew is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard of. Why they didnt take a reputable tackle that could protect stafford is beyond me. With the rest of the draft being just like the years past, one bad pick after another, it begs the question of weather or not the Ford’s want the team to suck so bad that they can sell them and get them out of Detroit. We had oppurtunities to get a bad ass linebacker out of USC or Ohio State depending on ur preferences, and we wasted our picks on bullshit bench players. Well it looks like we are primed for another losing season with no hope in site because the powers that be (head coach, owner, and GM) can not make a good choice if there mothers life depended on it. Any regular Lions fan could have pulled the trigger on players that would have been worth building a team around, but the ones pulling the strings must have performance issues or something.