Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford appears to have solidified his first overall pick status with an awesome display at his school’s Pro Day
Last night on my weekly radio show – Lloyd Vance’s Insider Football, NFL.com writer Gil Brandt spoke strongly of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford. He said, “In a quarterback-driven league, Bradford should be the first pick”.
And the former Heisman Trophy winner sent Brandt and everyone else in the NFL even further into orbit by putting on an awesome display at Oklahoma’s Pro Day — see Gil’s report here. With over 200 on-lookers including a contingent of six St. Louis Rams evaluators in attendance, Bradford made every throw imaginable in a 50-pass scripted workout showing great footwork and arm strength.
Clearly the former Oklahoma star has put his shoulder injuries (ACL joint surgery) from 2009 behind him. Bradford’s quick recovery can be attributed to the great work – once again – of Dr. James Andrews and some solid preparation work by this year’s top quarterback at a Florida based facility including working with former NFL quarterback coach Terry Shea. Bradford who measured-in at 6’5, 236 looked strong physically and appeared ready to answer any NFL “durability” questions.
I would be shocked if the St. Louis Rams, who are trying to reinvent themselves, did not take Bradford – 50 TDs in ’08 and incredible 9.41 yards-per-attempt with a TD-to-INT ratio of 88-16 in his career — with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Remember the Rams passed on Matt Ryan in 2008 and Mark Sanchez in 2009, but don’t expect them to make the same mistake.
So it appears Bradford will be another piece in the Rams’ young nucleus that includes DE Chris Long, OT Jason Smith, RB Steven Jackson, WR Donnie Avery and others. It would take a blockbuster offer from another team for the Rams to not hold onto the No. 1 overall selection and use it on Bradford.
I wonder when the negotiations will start – remember last year first overall pick, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, received a 6 year, $72 Million w/ 41 Million guaranteed deal.