Draft Prospect Sanchez to Visit With Jaguars
Mark Sanchez (Darron Cummings/AP)
Mark Sanchez (Darron Cummings/AP)
Senior NFL Analyst
Posted Mar 22, 2009


The Jaguars are in what appears to be a complete rebuilding process, and that process may start directly under center. Both Atlanta and Baltimore enjoyed great success a year ago with their rookie signal callers, and the Jaguars seem poised to make a similar move this year.

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has a full schedule ahead of him this week as he meets with representatives of the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Washington Redskins.

According to a source, Sanchez is scheduled to have dinner Sunday night, March 22 with a Jaguars scout prior to hopping on a plane for an official visit with the Jets. Then on Monday, he'll spend the bulk of his day with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer prior to an offsite workout on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, March 25, the 6-foot-2, 227-pound quarterback is scheduled will have a private workout for the Washington Redskins at USC.


AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Sanchez isn't expected to still be available when the Jets make their first pick at No. 17 in the first round, nor when the Redskins make their selection at No. 13. Of the three teams, the Jaguars have the best shot at nabbing him at No. 8, but even that seems unlikely based on the speculation that he could be the top pick overall in this year's NFL draft. 

But with some draft-day maneuvering, any of the three teams could move up and put him in position to become their franchise quarterback.

The Jets clearly have the worst quarterback situation of the trio with Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge on their depth chart. And the Jaguars could certainly use someone to compete with David Garrard for the starter's role.

But the biggest surprise is that Washington, who has Jason Campbell as their starter, is scheduled to evaluate Sanchez. 

Campbell just completed the best season out of his four years as a Redskin, completing 62.3 percent of his throws for 3,245 yards, 13 touchdowns and just six interceptions during 16 starts. However, he's entering the final year of his original five-year contract with the Redskins, so the addition of Sanchez would certainly be a way for the team to prepare for the future while adding a rookie who could be capable of stepping in as a starter should Campbell falter.

Sanchez, who declared for the NFL Draft a year early following his junior year, played in 27 games for the Trojans. He completed 65.8 percent of his throws for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and just ten interceptions.

Read more about Mark Sanchez through the links on his Scout.com profile page.

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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's player interviews and NFL features are published across the Scout.com network and at FOXSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter for NFL updates and insights. And you can contact him by email through this link.



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