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25 May 2010

Sam Bradford is one of the worst draft picks ever

Over at my blog I posted exactly how I feel about the idiots behind this decision: http://therealzaq.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/nfl-draft/
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I find it incredibly hard to believe that someone who has made a lifetime and career out of building football teams was behind this decision. There’s just no way. Let’s just take a quick look at the prospects of Sam Bradford as an NFL quarterback, using red flags to indicate an area of concern to anyone with knowledge of the league in the last decade and some common sense:

[RED FLAG!]Here’s how a typical pass play occurred for the 2008 Oklahoma Sooners: Bradford takes a snap from shotgun, sits in the pocket for three to five seconds, finds a wide open receiver; success! What idiot saw these plays on film and thought, “this is what it takes to be an NFL quarterback?” You can NEVER count on getting even two seconds in the pocket in the NFL without getting harassed. The most important trait in a pro quarterback is the ability to complete passes when the pass rush closes in. In a related story, I would love to see three plays where Bradford gets early pressure and completes a pass. I’ve scoured YouTube to no success. Well, highlights aside, what happens when he does get pressured? Glad you asked…
[RED FLAG!]Three starts in 2009, and in two, he suffered a long term injury in the first half. Remember, this is a guy who was hit so infrequently he hardly needed to play with a helmet in 2008, when he won the Heisman Trophy. I’m pretty sure there’s good a reason that, in my lifetime, no team has been stupid enough to take a QB in the first round that basically hasn’t played the year before. And this is a league with some dumb fucking general managers (see: Jones, Jerry).
[RED FLAG!]I could have sworn that for the past few years, everyone agreed that you should never trust a quarterback’s success in a college spread offense. Given the ridiculous stats put up by QBs at Texas Tech, Hawaii, and (ahem) Oklahoma; it’s easy for a mediocre player to light the box score on fire. In fact, since the spread has become chic in NCAA ball, two QBs have graduated it to become the #1 overall pick: Alex Smith and Tim Couch. Ouch. And, in college, neither of those two had the offensive line, wide receivers, or defense that Bradford enjoyed. Not to mention his injury history.
The good qualities: He’s accurate, with a strong arm. Good thing, because he’ll need to be pinpoint on all the passes he’s going to have to throw away due to the massive pass rush he’s about to have shoved in his mouth with his crappy offensive line.

Posted by: Zack on 25 May 2010

5 replies , Last at 22 Dec 2010, 1:43pm by Chintz-innati Bengals

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Re: Sam Bradford is one of the worst draft picks ever
by Theo :: Tue, 05/25/2010 - 5:40pm

You can NEVER count on getting even two seconds in the pocket in the NFL without getting harassed. [citation needed]

I’m pretty sure there’s good a reason that, in my lifetime, no team has been stupid enough to take a QB in the first round that basically hasn’t played the year before.[citation needed]

I could have sworn that for the past few years, everyone agreed that you should never trust a quarterback’s success in a college spread offense. [citation needed]

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Re: Sam Bradford is one of the worst draft picks ever
by Zack :: Tue, 05/25/2010 - 10:12pm

Theo, it's an opinion piece, not a college essay. Regardless, I expect anyone who's followed the NFL for more than two weeks to agree with the three particular points you extracted (but not everything in the post).

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Re: Sam Bradford is one of the worst draft picks ever
by robi0420 :: Sat, 08/07/2010 - 7:48pm

I agree with you that their are a lot of red flags for Bradford (I still don't understand how he won the Heisman over Harrell, Bradford got to play against Texas Tech's defense, Harrell got to play against Oklahoma's).

But, its a little too early to declare him a bust, their have been a lot of "can't miss" QB's who haven't lived up to the hype either.

AND, JaMarcus Russell is still fresh in people's mind, the bar for a #1 pick isn't that high anymore.

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Re: Sam Bradford is one of the worst draft picks ever
by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 08/10/2010 - 12:26pm

All of your concerns are valid and I would add that I don't think he has a strong arm at all.

However, he has an amazing ability to place the ball exactly where he wants to. He reminds me of Montana at times, especially with the noodle arm thing. This ability and touch suggests to me that while he might not have had to make complicated reads in college, he does at least 'get' football, he has an innate understanding of the game.

The injury risk would scare me to death if I were a Rams fan.

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Re: Sam Bradford is one of the worst draft picks ever
by Chintz-innati B... :: Wed, 12/22/2010 - 1:43pm

just curious if you have changed you opinion.

3 road wins were pretty sweet.

i have to admit this is why i am not a GM. i didn't like him either at the start.

Colt McCoy looks good too.....

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