2010 NFL Draft, Fire and Ice Report: QBs Not Named Sam Bradford Falling

Chris MaierCorrespondent IMarch 24, 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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The Senior Bowl and Combine are in the rear-view mirror and the Pro Days are at the midway point, meaning it is time to check in and see who stock is on fire and whose stock is icing down.

This week we look at the offensive side of the ball.

On Fire

QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

Coming out of a spread offense and offseason shoulder surgery, Bradford has established himself as the near consensus number one pick based on interviews, intangibles, a 36 on the Wonderlic, and tape of him playing behind pristine protection. 

RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State

An excellent Combine in which he ran better than expected and displayed better than expected hands has positioned Mathews as the best all-around back in the draft and a likely first round pick.

It is possible, although not necessarily probable, that Mathews could be selected before C.J. Spiller.

WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame

Answered questions about his speed by running a sub 4.4 40 (unofficial), allowing teams to focus on his versatility and run after catch ability. 

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TE Dennis Pitta, BYU

Had a tremendous week at the East-West Shrine Game and followed it up by displaying better than expected athleticism at the combine.  The owner of the best hands among tight ends in this year's draft may have moved himself into the second round.

OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana

No offensive lineman has improved his stock more this offseason.  Saffold dominated at the East-West Shrine game and had an excellent workout at the combine.  Originally considered a left guard he is now getting left tackle consideration.

Saffold could sneak into the end of the first round if there is a run at the position like there was in 2008.

OG John Jerry, Mississippi

Has slimmed down to 325 lbs. and has displayed better than expected athleticism at both the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine.  He is an ideal fit for a team looking for a road grading right guard.

Despite the surprising athleticism, teams need to resist drafting him as a right tackle.

On Ice

Quarterbacks not named Sam Bradford

The Browns traded for career backup Seneca Wallace and signed struggling Jake Delhomme.

The Cardinals signed Derek Anderson and his 42.1 QB rating (2009).

The Seattle Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst, who has yet to take a meaningful snap in three NFL seasons, has a career 61.5 pre-season QB rating, and has never even been the second string QB.

Three teams with quarterback needs, two of whom are picking in the top ten in the draft, and each decided to take questionable veterans rather than invest early draft picks in quarterbacks not named Sam Bradford in the 2010 draft. 

RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech

Likely stabilized his slide with a solid Pro Day, but a poor Combine workout and work ethic concerns may have cost him the top power back in the draft title to Toby Gerhart.

WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma

A top-five talent who could fall into the 20s due to a "diva"-like attitude, work ethic, and attitude concerns.  It is surprising how little positive buzz there is around Bryant.

TE Anthony McCoy, USC

A so-so Senior Bowl and unimpressive Combine has caused McCoy to slide to the middle of the pack at the tight end position.

OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers

Looked stiff and slow in his Combine workout and then called in sick to his Pro Day, much to the dismay of scouts who came specifically to see him.  Once a top 10 consideration, Davis is sliding to the back half of Round One, if not further.

OT Ciron Black, LSU

Early in his career Black was considered one of the top tackles in the nation, but a poor senior year and sub-par workouts have him projected as a right tackle only who will be fortunate to be a day two selection.

His saving grace is his experience and the lack of depth at the tackle position beyond the top seven.

Chris Maier is Senior Editor for NFLDraft101.com.  He can be reached at cmaier@nfldraft101.com.  Follow me on twitter: nfldraft101

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