2010 NFL Draft: Is Sam Bradford Now the Selection for Cleveland?

Daymon JohnsonCorrespondent IMarch 29, 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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After what’s being called the “best workout in the last 10-12 years” by Scouts, GM’s and football minds alike, the question must now be raised; is Sam Bradford the right selection for the Cleveland Browns in the 2010 NFL draft?

Sam Bradford threw 60+ passes in a scripted workout on Monday, in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.  Gil Brandt, a well respected and highly regarded football mind, had this to say about Bradford’s workout:

Bradford threw 63 passes (13 during a stationary period and 50 scripted throws) during the workout and, in my estimation, didn’t have one that was uncatchable. He moved around well, including throwing on the run out of the pocket, and went through the entire route tree. The scripted workout included three-, five- and seven-step drops, shotgun, and play-action plays, plus sprints and rollouts to both sides.

It really was a treat to watch, and I think everyone here was in awe of Bradford’s performance. In fact, he put on the best quarterback workout by a draft prospect that I’ve seen since I watched a private workout Troy Aikman put on for us with the Cowboys in California.”

Typically, when Gil Brandt speaks, teams listen.  He’s as highly respected as ANYONE in or associated with the NFL.  He diagnosed Akili Smith, Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf, Gino Toretta and sadly, Brady Quinn as bust candidates when no one else did.  The guy almost has a crystal ball, because his predictions are more often than not, right.

His review has echoed the reviews from virtually everyone in attendance.  Frankly, all of them have been glowing regarding Bradford’s day.  One scout, who remained anonymous, said “That was the best workout I’ve seen from ANY QB that I’ve ever scouted and I scouted Peyton Manning for god’s sake.”

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Another scout said “His arm shows no signs of repaired damage, and looked stronger today than it did on tape.  This kid is so intelligent, and so strong, that there’s no way he won’t make it in the NFL as a franchise QB.  He’s the next Peyton Manning, and if he’s not, I’d be absolutely shocked.” One word: Wow.

With Cleveland’s need for a young signal caller to groom to take over in two years, or less, is Sam Bradford now the QB that Cleveland must trade up and acquire?  Is he the player that Cleveland has been searching for since their reinstatement to the league?

Most Cleveland fans are in agreement that Jim Clausen is not the answer and there are some that feel as if Colt McCoy, Jarrett Brown, Dan LeFevour, Jevan Snead or some other QB could be the answer later in the draft.

However, with this type of buzz, and the amount of positive comments and reviews about Bradford, would it not make sense to trade up to acquire a guy that could potentially be what a Peyton manning or Aaron Rodgers is?

Trading up would require Cleveland to make a large investment in draft choices and/or players to make Sam Bradford a Brown, but it could be worth it.

The first pick in the draft holds a point value of 3,000 points alone.  Just for means of comparison, Cleveland’s No. 7 selection has a 1,500-point value.  Heck, the Browns’ entire draft only has a value of 2,980 points. 

So, Cleveland would likely have to include this season’s first rounder (No. 7 overall) and probably a third rounder, and 2011’s No. 1 overall as well.  If not, some major pieces of the puzzle are changing place in the form of players to make this work.

In the end, the brass in Berea has a serious decision to weigh regarding whether or not Sam Bradford is a suitable candidate to target.  Time will tell, but we know that Holmgren has stated publicly that he likes Bradford. 

Did this workout sway him enough to make him change his approach to the 2010 NFL Draft?

Browns fans, there is now a prospect in the draft that seemingly has the ability, intelligence and talent to be the next Peyton Manning, and my question to all of you is this:  How much is Sam Bradford worth?


Here's a link to the only video that can be found after hours of scouring youtube and other sites:


Notice how much bigger Bradford is than he was in college.  After reviewing some information out there, the revelation has been made that Bradford adopted a strict workout regimen to address some of the physical questions that existed.

This was most likely a smart move, especially considering that he had a reputation in college for being injury prone.

As a sidenote, the Plain Dealer is reporting that Bradford will be spending some extra time with Cleveland brass.

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