2010 NFL Combine: Sam Bradford Says Shoulder Is At 85 Percent

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma quarterback, Sam Bradford hasn't been taking time off to nurse his injury.

Not in the slightest.

Coming into the NFL Combine, his throwing regimen—supervised by Dr. James Andrews—has been as often as every other day with throws ranging from 20 to 40 yards. Asked by a reporter how hard he was throwing, Bradford replied,

"It's 20 to 40 yards and I'm putting as much as I can on them. If you want to improve your arm strength, I've always thought that is the way to do it."

Bradford is also comfortable with teams poking and prodding at the shoulder. His first day at the Combine didn't include media time because he spent over two and a half hours having his shoulder tested in every way doctors knew how.

In addition to Dr. Andrews, Bradford expects team doctors and other independent experts to take a close look at him in the next few weeks.

As of right now, Bradford calls his arm 85 percent after undergoing AC Joint reconstruction.

The rumor mill at the combine is at an almost near consensus that Bradford will go number one to the St. Louis Rams. From the Rams beat reporters to all of the major outlets, all are guaranteeing it.

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Rams GM, Billy Devaney poked some fun at ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday, thanking "Dr. Schefter" for clearing Bradford and making his pick for him.

"On to the second round."

Bradford, for his part, claims to have no qualms about going from a successful Oklahoma program to a team in rebuilding mode. He cites his leadership, both vocally and by example as why he would be a good fit for any NFL team.

If he doesn't go number one, teams on the look out for a quarterback will immediately look to trade up—including Cleveland, Buffalo, and Washington.

One of the more humorous moments of the combine so far was when a reporter asked Bradford (a Native American) if he had any problems with the nickname of the Washington football team—the Redskins. The reporter even asked if Bradford would ask that team not to draft him.

Bradford laughed off the question (as did the other reporters) and said that the issue wasn't something he was going to worry about.

The former Sooner doesn't worry about a lot—certainly not his so-called competitions with Colt McCoy, Gerald McCoy, or Jimmy Clausen.

He called his Longhorn counterpart a friend. "It's nice to have someone to talk to about all of this stuff."

He also doesn't have any sort of rivalry with his defensive teammate for first overall. "We both wish each other the best whatever happen."

And as reporters peppered him about the competition for top QB honors, Bradford simply didn't care—giving one word answers to any reporter who tried to bait him with any Clausen question.

And for those who thought it was ironic that he was wearing Under Armor with #1 QB imprinted on it.

"It's alphabetical, and I have the first name."

Smart kid too.

Michael Schottey is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and Detroit Lions Team Correspondent for DraftTek.com. He is LIVE from Indianapolis this week with NFL Combine updates. Follow him at Twitter.

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