It was easy to tell that Mark Sanchez is cool in front of the cameras.
As the quarterback at USC, Sanchez received more media attention than most prospects and he flashed his charisma throughout his press conference.
If he wasn’t selling his virtues to prospective teams, he was cracking a joke or thoughtfully explaining the offensive system he ran in college.
Sanchez opened by explaining that, despite only one year as a full-time college starter, he was ready for the pros.
“I think the experience I’ve had has been very valuable and the type of atmosphere I’ve played in. I’ve been in a big city, a large media market and we’ve played in the Rose Bowl, we’ve played in nationally televised games, and I’m ready for this league,” said Sanchez.
Asked about his strengths, Sanchez confidently rattled off a series of attributes and said he has “the whole package.” He also added, “I’m someone who’s prepared to make that city (that drafts me) my new home. L.A. doesn’t have a football team and wherever I go that’s going to be my new home.”
Though Sanchez made clear he would love that new home to be in Detroit as the top overall pick, mock drafts have him landing at any number of places. (See where Sanchez is headed in Steve Wyche’s first mock draft).
As such, Sanchez was asked the most popular question here at the combine: What teams he has or is going to speak to this week.
Sanchez was more prepared to answer that question than any other prospect this week. He pulled out an index card with the name of every team he is talking to and revealed them one by one.
He followed by saying he would speak to “a million more” in the combine interview sessions.
“It’s like speed dating. There’s teams everywhere. They ring that ‘mah mah’ and you switch teams,” Sanchez said.
Has Sanchez ever actually done speed dating? “Uh, no. My friend told me about it,” responded Sanchez with a faux guilty look, eliciting laughter from the throng of reporters.
When the session turned serious again, Sanchez thoroughly explained why working in a pro-style offense at USC will help his transition to the pros due to his understanding of progressions and coverages.
Even in the rare instance where Sanchez seemed uneasy, he recovered. In explaining how he will adjust to possibly going to a losing team like the Lions, he said, “It’s about working through being 5-2 and turning the season around and making things right.”
Of course being 5-2 would be a great start for Detroit, so he then quickly added, “about turning around at 0-16.”