INDIANAPOLIS -- Baltimore draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. looks at Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford and sees a little of Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. Big arm, can make all the throws, but a little inconsistent.

"He's inconsistent like Cutler was at Vanderbilt and still is with the Denver Broncos," Kiper said. "The inconsistency sometimes doesn't leave you. It was there with Cutler and is still there. Stafford had it at Georgia and if he still has that inconsistency in the NFL, he'll be an up-and-down quarterback," Kiper said.

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In a recent teleconference, the ESPN draft analyst said that Stafford is worthy of the No. 1 pick, but will have some things to prove before the April draft.

"He's got to show everybody ... he's not just a thrower, but a pitcher," Kiper said. "Can he take a little off, be more precise, finesse some throws. That's something he needs to show in workouts."

Stafford won't be showing it during the scouting combine in Indianapolis. It's been reported he won't participate here, saving his workout for Georgia's pro day.

Kiper said quarterback Mark Sanchez likely would've been the first pick in 2010 if he had stayed at Southern Cal for another year. Instead, the NFL must project Sanchez off one season as a starter.

"Stafford's not quite as instinctive as Sanchez, but Sanchez doesn't have the arm that Stafford does," Kiper said. "Both have qualities that you like, and they have something that bothers you a bit."

Veteran NFL and Ravens writer Ken Murray is covering the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis for The Baltimore Sun. He will keep you updated on developments daily.

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