NFL Draft Spotlight: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

by Cory J. Bonini on April 19, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, enters the 2010 NFL Draft ranked as a consensus top-three quarterback prospect. He finished his collegiate career with 88 touchdown passes, 50 of which came in 2008 alone. He missed the majority of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, but Bradford figures to be among the top selections in the draft.  

Strengths

  • Size: 6-foot-4, 236 pounds
  • Good decision maker (only 16 career interceptions)
  • Extremely accurate
  • Experience playing at a high level for a major program
    Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma Sooners
    Worth risking the No. 1 pick?
  • Pocket awareness - enough athleticism to avoid the rush
  • Quick release - great timing and anticipation
  • Above-average arm strength - can make all the NFL throws
  • Great character, strong leadership skills
  • Experience in a pro-style offense

Weaknesses

  • Injury - Bradford returned too soon from a shoulder separation last year and essentially missed the season (69 attempts).
  • Doesn't have a lot of upside
  • Limited experience throwing on the run

Expected draft placement

Bradford will likely be the No. 1 overall draft pick to the St. Louis Rams (No. 1), barring a team trading into the position, which seems highly unlikely. In worst-case scenario, Bradford could fall to the Seattle Seahawks at No. 6.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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