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 ESPN.com 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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