I said in my last article that the Redskins would actually take an entirely different player. Here's actually the link to who I think they SHOULD take: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/351271-2010-nfl-mock-draft-redskins-should-but-wont-select-russell-okung
Now, I do honestly expect quarterback Sam Bradford out of the University of Oklahoma to be drafted fourth overall by the 'Skins.
Apparently Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, has a man-crush on Bradford, and he's been a guy to take the hottest name instead of the most prudent choice on the draft board.
The former Heisman Trophy winner is without a doubt, the hottest name up there besides Tim Tebow.
Yet, Tebow is probably not going to be a first round draft pick, but Bradford certainly will be and he will sadly become the latest bust that will put on a red and gold uniform.
The main question is how will he become a bust?
There are two ways for a player to become a bust. The first is for the athlete to be his own undoing by either unsportsmanlike/criminal conduct or lack of motivation or becoming a selfish guy whose teammates aren't motivated to go the extra yard for him.
Guys like Ryan Leaf, Lawrence Phillips, and Jeff George come to mind.
However, the majority of busts come the second way and that is through means beyond their control.
Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State didn't intend to blow out his knee, but it happened. Tim Couch and David Carr didn't want to be sacked nonstop and tear up their bodies.
There is also another cause that usually only applies to quarterbacks and that is they go to a place where they have no talent around them to help them out and/or they have horrible management in charge of them.
I don't believe Bradford has any character or legal issues around him. He just has to stay healthy and have a good team around him in order to succeed.
The question is can he?
We all know that Sam Bradford is a potentially great quarterback. He has a great attitude, great mobility, and very accurate at times.
He does have concerns since he mainly throws from the shotgun and most of the NFL snaps are under center. He'll need to work on his three, five, and seven step drops.
He'll need to learn to read defenses pre-snap. He needs to learn all the things that you need to know perfectly in order to be a great quarterback.
That means a great coach in Mike Shanahan.
Eyebrows also should be raised because while he has good arm strength and precision, he does not have a bazooka that can scale the field from one end to the other.
Teams that want the super long ball should pass on Bradford.
The greatest worry of them all is we don't know anything about this guy as of the past year.
He didn't just mess up his shoulder once, it happened twice, and no one truly knows if he has healed enough or correctly. He's not throwing at the combine, so teams will be shooting blind if they want to draft him.
It's a crapshoot either way with a quarterback, but Bradford's circumstances make it such that the odds are even in more favor of him failing than succeeding at the NFL level.
Its a bad pick to me, but that's what Snyder does best. He makes bad picks.
Good luck Mr. Bradford. You'll need it.
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