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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

6-2, 225Born: 2-7-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Summary

Matthew Stafford probably had the best overall season of his seven-year career in 2015. His 32 touchdown passes were just four shy of leading the league and his 67% completion percentage was easily a career-high. Stafford was especially impressive in the second-half of the season; he threw 19 touchdown passes against just two interceptions and completed 71% of his passes in the final eight games. The Lions offense really took off when Jim Bob Cooter was promoted to offensive coordinator mid-season. Stafford enters 2016 without superstar receiver Calvin Johnson to lean on and will have to hope that free-agent addition Marvin Jones can credibly fill that void. The steadying presence of Golden Tate will help. The continued emergence of third-year tight end Eric Ebron will be another key in the team effort to replace Johnson's passing game contributions. The Lions also have a tremendous receiving back in Theo Riddick to boost the passing game. At 28-years old, Stafford is just entering into his prime years and may actually benefit from a more balanced approach of spreading the ball around to a number of dangerous receivers instead of feeling pressured to force-feed the ball to Johnson. Stafford is a high-end QB2 and has QB1 upside if he can continue his torrid pace from the second-half of 2015. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 18, 10, 11, 11, 13, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 20, 20, 22, 23, 23, 26
QB Dynasty - 14, 10, 11, 19, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2013 DET 16 371 634 4650 29 19 36 74 2 4
2014 DET 16 363 602 4247 22 12 43 93 2 3
2015 DET 16 398 592 4262 32 13 44 159 1 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 355 541 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 386 590 * * * 42 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 382 602 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 15 366 557 * * * 40 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 123
QB: 17

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1@ Indianapolis Colts
2vs Tennessee Titans
3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Chicago Bears
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