He's played in a major media market in Los Angeles with no NFL football team, so USC quarterback Matt Sanchez knows how to handle the spotlight.
He has an easy, unflappable way about him during interviews. He's witty and open in front of a crowd, able to coax a few laughs out of gruff, veteran sports writers -- similar to the personality of current quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
But could Sanchez be the heir apparent to Seattle's longtime quarterback?
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It might be a little bit of a stretch considering the needs Seattle has to fill at other positions.
But Seattle team president and general manager Tim Ruskell said Seattle is in the zone for needing a guy to groom as the team's next quarterback, mainly because Hasselbeck is 33 years old and had health issues last season. And if Seattle drafted Sanchez now, he would come in with little pressure to be the guy right away and could learn from Hasselbeck for a few seasons.
Of course, when you draft a guy with the No. 4 pick and the money he'll make, there's pressure to play him right away. But look at the situation in Arizona, where Matt Leinart is serving as an understudy for Kurt Warner, and maybe it's a wiser investment to let a young quarterback sit back hold the clipboard and learn for a couple years. It certainly helped in the development of another USC quarterback in Matt Cassel for the Patriots.
Jon Gruden and Steve Mariucci discuss the best value at quarterback in this video clip. Mariucci thinks Sanchez might be the best value if you can get him later in the first round.
There's been some astute observations in the past few days asserting that Matt Stafford might be the guy for Seattle if he falls to four. While it's certainly possible, with the shaky quarterback situations in Detroit, St. Louis and Kansas City, I don't see Stafford slipping to four.
An earlier conversation with Rob Rang from NFLdraftscout.com further confirms that Sanchez might be in Seattle's crosshairs. Rang said that Sanchez reminds him a lot of Hasselbeck. He doesn't have a big arm, but he's accurate. And Sanchez has the ability to make touch throws, move around the pocket to extend the play, good leadership skills and is likable.
And the Seahawks have learned to trust the judgment of USC head coach Pete Carroll, although he didn't exactly endorse Sanchez turning pro after his junior season.
Sanchez measured out at 6-4, 201. And said the Seahawks were one of the teams he scheduled to talk today.
"It's like speed dating," Sanchez quipped about the interview process. "There's teams everywhere."
Asked if he thought he should be drafted No. 1 over Stafford, Sanchez had this to say.
"Absolutely. I better think that. And he'd better think that, too."
Sanchez will throw at the combine this weekend, while Stafford will not.