Stafford runs but doesn’t throw at combine

Georgia QB Matthew Stafford held true to his word at the NFL Scouting Combine and didn’t participate in throwing drills Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Stafford was on the field throughout the day with his position group, warming up before drills with the other quarterbacks but electing not to participate in the actual drills. Stafford, who told the NFL Network that he was tempted to throw today, stayed on the field long after his quarterback group had left, casually throwing with various other players who were available.

Stafford, regarded as a possible No. 1 overall pick by the Lions, also told NFL Network’s Scott Hanson today that he is ready to begin negotiating with Detroit at any time.

While he didn’t throw, Stafford did elect to run. He took both turns in the 40-yard dash earlier and also ran in other drills.

It was an interesting sight earlier in the morning when Stafford warmed up with USC’s Mark Sanchez on the sidelines when their QB group hit the field. Stafford then watched intently as Sanchez went through a passing drill throwing to stationary targets on each sideline under the supervision of Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

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