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Q&A with Todd McShay

Todd McShay has his own mock draft at ESPN and often debates Baltimore's Mel Kiper Jr. about the draft. In a conference call with national media Tuesday, McShay spoke to a number of issues.

Do you expect the Lions to take quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first pick?

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McShay: I'll be surprised if Detroit goes in any other direction besides Stafford. I think they've honed in on him. I know they're negotiating now with him. ... I think it will be Stafford and I think they are convinced that they need to get it done [contract signed] before the draft.What do you expect the Jets to do about their quarterback situation?

McShay: They still have some deciding to do. They've only been around these quarterbacks for a short period of time. Kellen Clemens has upside and obviously has not played to his potential so far, but also has not had a whole lot of game experience. ... If Mark Sanchez starts to fall a little bit, if you can get a good deal to move up and get him, I think it would be a wise move. Otherwise, I'd ... go with a wide receiver. I would not take Josh Freeman and go through another developmental process with a quarterback that needs two to three years of developing. ... I wouldn't reach for a player just because I have a need there.

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What teams might take Sanchez?

McShay: He could come off the board as early as Seattle at No. 4. Of all the players in this year's class, right now he seems to be the hottest moving up and teams are realizing as they meet with him and are around him more that he just has an infectious attitude. He loves the game. He's a gym rat. He has leadership skills and I think that's playing well with a lot of teams that are spending personal time with him. Seattle at No. 4 is a strong possibility. The next spot is Jacksonville at eight, if they're willing to trade out. I think the Jets are a possibility to trade up. Washington, you never know with Dan Snyder. He's met with him twice personally. ... If he gets past No. 8, I'd say San Francisco. Whether the 49ers take him or trade that pick, I don't see Sanchez getting out of the top 10 picks.

-Ken Murray

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