Sam Bradford had his pro day in Norman today. It was his first real workout in front of pro scouts and GMs and by all reports Bradford was very impressive. Gil Brandt at NFL.com was left “speechless.” Bradford threw 63 balls, and showed plenty of arm strength. I’m sure it answered questions for some, and probably further peaked the interest of the St. Louis Rams. Their interest in Bradford appears to be increasing. Perhaps they’ve realized they can’t continue to pass up first round quarterbacks. Full of holes or not, the Bulger/Boller/Keith Null era probably needs to come to an end. If the Rams take Bradford, it drops the two prized defensive tackles (Suh and McCoy) into the laps of the Lions. We’ll see if they can mess that up. I guess I’m just wondering what people’s thoughts are on Bradford. I’m no talent evaluator. When looking at quarterbacks I apply the following:
Arm Test: Probably my biggest concern. Though I can frequently be wrong about this, my general stance is there are a lot more quarterbacks in the league with good arms than there are with noodle arms. The poster boy for the bust with the arm is and will always be Jeff George. If you could convince people George was 22, and he ran through Bradford’s workout today, he’d probably be going in the top-5 picks next month. That’s all I’m saying. You don’t need a huge arm to play in the NFL, Drew Brees doesn’t throw lasers, but a weak arm in my book is equivalent of a guy being 5’11”.
Face Test: Some guys look the part. Brady Quinn failed the face test. Cade McNown? Fail. This is not a fool-proof plan either. Take a look at Eli Manning. Complete fail on the face test, and he turned out to be a good quarterback. Romo doesn’t score too high on the face test either. Mark Sanchez, we’re going to wait and see. The hardest thing to do is differentiating between pretty boy confidence and straight-up asshattery. Take a guy like Brady, Matt Ryan maybe, and you can’t deny that these are some clean-cut pretty boys. But, they don’t crossover the idiot threshold where you find guys like Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and where I assume you’ll eventually find Jimmy Claussen.
Who’s Going to Draft Them: I think this makes a difference. The Browns shouldn’t draft quarterbacks. The Redskins haven’t done so well. I’m a little concerned about the Rams. This isn’t going to be a good situation in the first year, no matter if Bradford is good or not. Look at what happened to Matt Stafford this season. Was an entire year taken off his career with the beating he took this season? I guess I just wonder if someone like Aaron Rodgers ended up in Washington instead of Jason Campbell…would their careers be in similar spots to where they are now? I think you have to take into account the beating a guy is going to take, the likelihood the team is going to a 2-14 walloping, things like that.
That’s about it for me. I like some things about Bradford. He probably passes the arm test and fails the face test. If he goes to St. Louis, that’s an uphill battle. We’ll see. What do you think?