USC QB Mark Sanchez has been making appearances lately as his stock in next week’s NFL Draft continues to rise. It’s part of the business of football, as Sanchez explained on the radio Tuesday during his recent media blitz. And two teams reportedly in hot pursuit of Sanchez are the New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
Sanchez told the New York Daily News that he had a great workout with the Jets and believed he impressed the team:
- “I think they were really impressed with everything that went on,” said Sanchez, adding, “I threw it really well. I was spinning it all day. I knocked down all the throws. It was great.” He also felt he dazzled them with his knowledge of a pro-style offense.
- “As soon as I sat down with their team and their playbook, they were like, ‘Wow, this kid has a natural feel for the game. He understands our offense very well,'” said Sanchez, adding that his agent has been talking “quite a bit” to the Jets.
There was no word on whether Sanchez impressed the Jets with his humbleness, too.
The Redskins also are looking at Sanchez, according to The Washington Post. The Redskins were involved with the Broncos in trade discussions for Jay Cutler, who eventually was dealt to the Bears, indicating that Washington’s current coaching staff might not be sold on starting QB Jason Campbell.
Here’s more from The Post:
- Spoke with a league source who had a little more information on USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, whom the Redskins are strongly interested in drafting with their 13th overall pick in the April 25-26 draft.
- Sanchez, according to a league source, will have visited Detroit, St. Louis and San Francisco by the time he winds up his tour of NFL teams with a visit to Redskins Park Friday and Saturday. After seeing Sanchez at the NFL combine in February, the Redskins gave him a private workout with team officials, including owner Daniel Snyder, in late March in California. He also was evaluated by team officials during his pro day at USC.
The Redskins have a recent history of taking quarterbacks in the first round. They selected Patrick Ramsey 32nd overall in 2002 and Campbell 25th overall in 2005.
All of our experts have Sanchez being drafted before the Redskins pick at No. 13.