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