No. 1 for Stafford? I don’t care

I’m sorry, but I can’t really get too worked up about whether Matthew Stafford throws for the pro scouts or not and whether he goes No. 1 in the NFL draft.

I enjoyed watching him play for the Dawgs and I wish him well in his pro career. I’ll definitely follow his progress, though perhaps not with the same feeling as I would for a player who stuck around his full four years in Athens and accomplished a bit more.

If he goes No. 1, good for him (though I’m not sure it really will be good for him if that means he winds up in Detroit). If he doesn’t go No. 1 but still goes on to become a top-notch NFL quarterback, I doubt anyone will remember where he went in the draft. And if he’s a bust in the pros (unlikely as that seems), he’ll only get cited as one of those No. 1 draft picks that didn’t work out.

Aside from possibly padding Stafford’s bank account a bit more (and that of his agent), I can’t see where there’s that much of an up side to going No. 1.

OK, I recognize there’s maybe some sort of PR prestige from having a UGA player go first in the draft. But that and a buck and a quarter will get you a drink in one of the AJC’s new “high end” vending machines.

In other words, Stafford being drafted No. 1 won’t really do anything for the program he left behind in Athens.

And so it doesn’t really matter all that much to me.

13 comments Add your comment

Clay

February 27th, 2009
5:40 pm

I can’t argue with this.

Class of '98

February 27th, 2009
6:05 pm

Amen brother. I wish the kid well, but I really don’t care about his pro career one way or the other.

wreckmaniac

February 28th, 2009
11:38 am

He’ll be competing against Vick who is another name in the mix.

wreckmaniac

February 28th, 2009
11:39 am

He’ll be competing against who is another name in the mix.

wreckmaniac

February 28th, 2009
11:40 am

He’ll be competing against Vick who is another name in the mix

Justin

March 2nd, 2009
12:22 pm

I just can’t look at Matt like I look at Zeier, Bobo, Greene or even D.J., He never really felt like he was “OUR” Quarterback. Don’t get me wrong I love the guy and hope he has a great career but I just don’t have that feeling about him or knowshon for that matter. To me the bottom line is that Old Joe has his chance now and I will be rooting on another number 14! Go JOE!

Chuck

March 2nd, 2009
10:34 pm

The only good thing for Matt and Knowshon is that if they didn’t leave now they would have lost out on a lot of money . Let’s just hope itdoesn’t go to their heads and wind up being a disgrace to the past,present and future dawgs that have the oppurtunity to play in the NFL…

melissa

March 3rd, 2009
1:05 pm

i fulllllly agreeeeee!

LifelongDawg

March 3rd, 2009
11:56 pm

I loved Stafford as a Bulldog, but really don’t have an opinion as far as how he does in the pros. Thanks for the 3 years and all that, but I got tired of the double-talk with the media in the lead-up to his announcement of going pro. Being coy and disingenuous might be the modus operandi of these underclassmen that go pro early, but it irks the fans. Just tell the truth and be done with it. I always credit forthright honesty more than ham-handed excuses about not wanting to create a “diversion” for the team. The “will he, will he not” that lingers is much more of a distraction than just saying yes or no. Good luck to him and Moreno, but the football I watch is on Saturdays.

Jason

March 5th, 2009
8:13 pm

Sour grapes from dawg fans as usual. Why should he have stuck around if dawg “fans” were questioning his loyalty? So just because he didn”t want to stay all 4 years he isn’t a true dawg? Please.The only reason you guys don’t feel Stafford or Moreno were true dawgs is because they weren’t from Georgia. If that’s the case then that’s the fault of Richt not Stafford or Moreno.

dan

March 9th, 2009
10:55 pm

I just watched the “highlights” from the Florida vs. Uga game last year and it still pisses me off how half ass Stafford and Knowshon played in that game. Where’s the heart? Where’s the intensity? I can do without pampered mercenary’s on my team. Give me a guy who will lay on the line for UGA. Those are the kind of guys that win championships. Let the prima donnas play in the NFL, that’s where they belong.

dan

March 9th, 2009
10:57 pm

I just watched the “highlights” from the Florida vs. Uga game last year and it still pisses me off how half ass Stafford and Knowshon played in that game. Where’s the heart? Where’s the intensity? I can do without pampered mercenary’s on my team. Give me a guy who will lay it on the line for UGA. Those are the kind of guys that win championships. Let the prima donnas play in the NFL, that’s where they belong.

Mike

March 15th, 2009
2:04 pm

Wishing Matthew well …… the downside is pure fact that QB’s who come out early have had little success in the NFL. Hope he beats those odds …… we’ll see. Still hope some set of circumstances keep him out of Detroit. They’ve been a bottom-feeder for decades & MS will likely make little difference.

Hey BUZZ —- kiss it, punk. You’re such a big man with one win in 7 yrs. Keep your hand on your stinger …. you’ll see some intensity in November, boy.