by Chris Burke
If quarterback Matthew Stafford is going to be the No. 1 pick at the NFL Draft in April, then Thursday is a critical day. Stafford, who did not take part in passing drills at the league's scouting combine in February, will be the featured attraction at Georgia's pro day in front of a multitude of scouts -- including, of course, representatives from the Lions.
While quarterbacks often sit out certain drills at the combine (though it's worth noting that Southern Cal's Mark Sanchez participated), Stafford's decision immediately led to questions about the impact on his draft status. He's still expected to be one of the first guys off the board, but Detroit's opinion on him may be changing. For one thing, since the combine, Detroit reportedly engaged in talks with Denver about Jay Cutler's availability, hinting that the Lions may not see what they want from a QB at the No. 1 pick.