"I think he'll be able to (start as a rookie), mainly because of his intelligence level and work ethic," Richt said. "When he throws the ball, it just pops off his hand. There's a lot of zip. It's an effortless throwing motion and a lot of velocity. I don't think there's any question he's going to become an outstanding quarterback in the NFL."
...From the Huge show...Mark Richt.
I agree.... but more so because of the size of contract. You DO NOT pay $40 million guaranteed to a player because they need to be 'groomed' or 'developed'... you pay'em that much because the can compete right away.
If Stafford is all the hype that he's made out to be... this shouldn't be an issue. If he's not, Don't pay him.... its as easy as that.
(I believe the truth lies somewhere inbetween... Based on Mayhew's posturing, he and Schwartz and the rest of the front office, have put a contract out there based on their evaluation of Stafford's value/abilities and WILL NOT budge. Condon on the other hand, is looking to set a record.)
If you draft him, the QB starting position should be wide open at the start of training camp.