Sam Bradford: Sooner Will Be the Next Peyton Manning

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMarch 30, 2010

DALLAS - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners on the sidelines after an injury during play against the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl on October 17, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Following Oklahoma Sonner's quarterback Sam Bradford sparkling performance on his pro day, the blogs are now ablaze with writer's writing wishful scenarios in which the St. Louis Rams have an Al Davis moment and pass on the next great passer.

Every year, fans and writers alike analyze and hyperanalyze the skills of a quarterback prospect, because there's really no telling which skills will make him successful in the NFL.

Some things are for sure with Bradord, and those are his ability to read the field, his quick release, and his ability to throw with accuracy. Some commented that not one ball was uncatchable, because the only incomplete pass was a drop by the receiver.

Of course, Bradford's pro day does not account for whether he can do that with a 270 pound defensive end in his face.

Bradford's pro-day was so impressive that some commented that it was the best by a quarterback in 10 years.

Do the math.

The Colts selected Peyton Manning from Tennessee in 1998.  As many know, Manning was knocked back in 1998 as being finesse, and some thought that Ryan Leaf would be the better pro.

Ahem.  Yeah, we all know how that turned out.

Clearly though, Rams fans can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that Bradford is no longer just a "need" player—He is the best player available in the Draft. 

No question.

As much as I love pass-rushers, quarterbacks play in the NFL a long time, much longer than other players.  Of course, that is largely because the NFL creates exclusive rules (i.e. the Brady rule) to protect the job security of quarterbacks.

Regardless of whether you like it, the NFL is built around quarterbacks on the backs of everyone else.  Defensive linemen, thus, are not players to build around when your team has as many needs as the Rams have.