… Stafford is noncommittal about whether he will think about entering the draft after next season.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It depends. There’s a whole lot of time between now and then as far as injuries can happen, the team can or can not play good. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that can happen. There’s a lot of factors that boil down into it.”
Stafford has a good resource. He is good friends with an NFL scout who used to work for Dallas and lived across the street from Stafford in Texas.
“That really, really helps,” Stafford said.
Gil Brandt, the former Dallas Cowboys personnel executive and a draft analyst with NFL.com, watched Stafford play in high school.
“I think he has outstanding ability and he’s a very mature guy,” Brandt said. “As an example, I talked to (Dolphins No. 1 overall pick) Jake Long and told him you ought to send a nice big check to Lloyd Carr for advising you to stay in school and make considerably more money. I think for somebody in Stafford’s case, if he stays there through his fourth year, he has a chance to be the first player taken in the draft.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt told quarterback recruits for the next signing class that they would have a chance to compete for the starting job in 2010.
That’s true no matter what Stafford decides.
“You just tell them by Year 2, you’ll be competing with Logan Gray and whoever else we sign in this class and maybe a guy a year behind you,” Richt said. “The numbers are not that daunting. It’s a very good time to come in and go compete.”
In case you were wondering why Richt thinks it’s crucial for Georgia to sign two QBs in the class of 2009…