Monday, 29 March 2010
Bradford impressive - but what did you expect?
By Rob Staton
Sam Bradford kicked off a big week of individual work outs by wowing onlookers at his pro-day. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was present and left this message via twitter: "Just leaving OU... Sam Bradford had a great workout at his pro day... He lit it up!" Gil Brandt from NFL.com was also blown away by Bradford's performance:
"Sam Bradford’s workout in front of representatives for all 32 NFL teams at Oklahoma’s pro day almost left me speechless. And that’s saying something.
"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.
"If Bradford is feeling the effects of his shoulder injury or is experiencing any weakness, there were no indications of that. He threw with velocity during the entire workout."
- Gil Brandt, NFL.com
It now appears to be a near certainty that St. Louis will draft Bradford with the first overall pick. It's been a consensus choice for some weeks now, but people still wanted to see Bradford fully recovered from shoulder surgery and throwing for scouts. He's out there, making throws - and he'll be the #1 pick.
Even so - this is no big surprise. Oklahoma's pro-day is no different to any other - a collection of scripted throws in a comfortable environment. No pass rush, no pads and receivers you're familiar with. I'm not sure there's a first round prospect out there who would struggle in those circumstances. The performance part of today is no great shake. The fact Bradford appears healthy and has maintained eye catching physical statistics (6'5", 236lbs) is the key.
Posted by Rob Staton