Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Bradford out for the year, set for the NFL?
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford could miss the rest of the 2009 season. The news broke today that he may decide to have surgery on his injured shoulder and won't feature for the Sooners again this year. How would that affect his draft stock? Bradford has the option to return for another year in the college ranks, an option Todd McShay feels he should seriously consider in the video above. I can understand that line of thought because scouts wanted to see Bradford playing behind a new offensive line and without his main receiving weapon - tight end Jermaine Gresham.
However, I personally think (like Gresham) he'll head for the NFL despite missing most of this season. The simple fact is, he's already risked great damage to his draft stock by returning at all this year. If he returns in 2010 and re-injures that shoulder, his stock will be in tatters. If the position now is - he's only a mid-first round instead of top five, rest assured his stock will be even lower if the shoulder becomes an issue again.
By taking surgery now, he has plenty of time to rehab the injury and be at his best for the combine work outs next year and various pro-day workouts. It's a deep class at quarterback, but one which Bradford could top. His focus has to be, "what do I need to do to be ready for the NFL?" and "how can I prove to the scouts my shoulder is OK?"
This could also be a lesson for two underclassmen touted as potential top picks in 2010. Jake Locker and Jimmy Clausen will look at Mark Sanchez starting in the NFL with a huge contract and they'll see Sam Bradford with his injured shoulder and a potential loss of earnings. If they're looking for excuses to enter the league, this could be it.
Should Bradford return to Oklahoma? Should he head for the NFL? Is he a possible option for the Seahawks as a long term successor to Matt Hasselbeck? Let me know in the comments section below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Rob Staton