2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Sam Bradford

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2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Sam Bradford
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Sam Bradford is a "what you see, is what you get " prospect with very prolific numbers, good size, and a solid arm.

However, the fact that he sustained two injuries (to his shoulder) and that he missed the 2010 NFL Combine , well, it raises questions.

But that shouldn't keep Bradford from being discussed with the top prospects in the draft, or being mentioned for the top overall selection.

 

Strengths

Bradford was extremely prolific at Oklahoma, and despite only playing in 31 NCAA games at Oklahoma, he still managed to toss over 8,000 passing yards, 88 touchdowns, and just 16 interceptions.

Come to think of it, that's not prolific, that's disgustingly beautiful.

People can knock Bradford for being a "system" quarterback or being robotic in his throwing motion, but the guy can flat-out light up the scoreboard, and has the ability to make every throw in the game.

He has perfect size with room to add significant bulk, along with excellent accuracy and decision-making, as he completed over 68 percent of his passes through 2007 and 2008.

He has good experience and success against big-time competition, possesses outstanding leadership skills, and is even an above-average athlete.

There aren't any major questions regarding his arm strength or ability to make any pro throws or reads, making Bradford arguably the best quarterback prospect in this draft.

 

Weaknesses

The naysayers will tell you otherwise, but there simply isn't much that is wrong with Bradford. And when experts do find a problem, it's usually because they're digging deeper than any sane person ever would.

However, Bradford is coming off of a significant enough injury that can raise some eyebrows, and he is a prospect, so there will always be doubts.

With that said, Bradford does have some minor issues heading into the NFL Draft .

He seems to be a bit stiff in a lot of his movements, and while this actually helps him make the routine throws and plays (all the time), it could potentially be holding back any upside.

He's a solid enough athlete, but he hasn't blown us away with any speed or agility, and we haven't gotten a great idea of what he can do on the run.

Oklahoma protected him pretty darn well until 2009, so we haven't seen him face a ton of elite pressure, and even when he has, he's done a great job getting the pass out with his quick release (just another one of his many strengths).

Still, the defensive ends and linebackers at the next level will be faster and stronger than in college, so the transition factor, especially with Bradford only playing three games in 2009, is a slight concern.

Another problem area is that while he has solid arm strength, some are skeptical of his ability to make the tight throws into closing windows, or if his deep ball will have elite accuracy. Throw in his shoulder injury, and this is an even bigger question.

 

Overall

If we're being honest, all of the "weaknesses" for Bradford are a joke. All the questions about his arm strength, accuracy, and athleticism should and will be answered on his Pro Day, and he should retain his spot (arguably) as the top quarterback in this class.

Jimmy Clausen is close, but Bradford is the more polished, NFL-ready signal caller.

 

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