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Posted: Tuesday March 31, 2009 2:54PM; Updated: Tuesday March 31, 2009 3:18PM

Stafford wows at private workout

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Matthew Stafford held a private workout for the Detroit Lions in Georgia Tuesday

Sources described Stafford's workout as "flawless" and say the Lions were wowed

Atlanta-based sources believe the Lions were impressed enough to draft him No. 1

By Tony Pauline, Special to,

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The Detroit Lions may be leaning toward drafting Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick after a
The Detroit Lions may be leaning toward drafting Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick after a "flawless" private workout.
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The Detroit Lions brain trust headed south today to hold a private on-campus workout with Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Matt Stafford. The results were encouraging for Stafford and the Lions, who own the first pick in April's draft.

Sources described Stafford's workout as flawless, stating it was significantly better than his March 19 pro-day workout, also held at Georgia.

Stafford used his former Georgia teammates as primary pass catchers. Bulldog receivers Mohamed Massaquoi, Kenneth Harris, Demiko Goodman and tight end Tripp Chandler took part in the workout, but that is where the similarities to Stafford's college days ended.

The Lions coaching staff put Stafford through a workout that included an assortment of passes and routes he will be required to complete in the NFL and which will be part of the Detroit offense in 2009.

The draft's top quarterback was on point with all his throws throughout the session. He threw just about 40 passes and hit on all but three of them. Stafford fired the ball downfield, hitting receivers in stride, and threw accurately through the entire session.

Detroit coaches did speak with Stafford about aiming his passes, which negatively affected his accuracy, yet that seemed to be the only glitch all morning.

Overall, the Detroit brass were very complimentary about Stafford's work today. The Lions praised his overall passing mechanics and the way he threw the ball.

The draft is still more than three weeks away, but Stafford's workout today was so impressive that observers in Athens got the impression it was a "done deal" and the Lions will use the first pick to acquire Stafford.

Mark Sanchez and the USC Trojans hold their pro-day tomorrow in Los Angeles.

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