Sam Bradford Versus Jimmy Clausen

John DostoyevskyContributor IApril 9, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Who is, and will be the better pro quarterback? In this year's draft, there are two QBs that will be drafted in the first round. They are Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen.


Sam Bradford

Bradford was a good college quarterback who thrived on a very good team. Over the course of his college career, he played out of the spread offense in the shotgun, not under center. He played behind a great offensive line and was not hit very often. When he did during his senior year, he got hurt both times. That brings up questions about whether or not he can play consistently at the NFL level where they hit harder. He is a hard worker that reads through his progressions well. He has not yet shown the leadership ability necessary to be a great NFL quarterback. His accuracy is great, but his arm strength is average. Given the fact that he played out of the shotgun, his footwork will need work. 


Jimmy Clausen

Clausen may not have the numbers that Sam Bradford, but he is without a question the better quarterback and  more prepared to play at the NFL level. He has a stronger arm, his accuracy is among the best I have ever seen, and his Mechanics are as good, if not better than Peyton Manning's. His coach was Charlie Weis who did not play with the spread offense, and thus did not play out of the shotgun, and instead, under center. His footwork is not great, but it's better than any other quarterback available. He stands strong in the pocket and played with a less than spectacular line. He did get sacked and has proven that he can take hits—and I mean a lot—because unlike Bradford, he got back up. Some say he is cocky, but all great NFL QBs are cocky. They have to be confident, exude confidence that they are the best quarterback out there, and lead their teams. The other players have to trust the QB's decisions. He is always in the film room trying to get better and is a smart QB who will be a great pro quarterback.