Monday, March 29, 2010

Some People Just Like Quarterbacks

So that's why I'm putting up's draft guru Gil Brandt's assessment of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's workout today. He called it the best he's seen in 21 years since Troy Aikman.

Keep in mind that the Giants aren't in the market for a first-round quarterback. Bradford's probably going to the Rams with the first pick, anyway. But it's just interesting that the kid, in his first significant throwing effort since shoulder surgery, basically wowed the crowd with a 62-of-63 performance in the scripted section. So here's Brandt's writeup as found on NFL Draft Scout.

Sam Bradford’s workout Monday 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 more than 100 passes 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. 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. Terry Shea, a former college and NFL coach who’s working with Bradford as a quarterback consultant, told me they’ve been together for nine weeks. The first five weeks of workouts, Bradford didn’t even throw. They only worked on footwork because Bradford hadn’t been cleared by doctors yet. I would imagine that two weeks from now, Bradford’s arm will be even stronger than what we saw. And it was very strong Monday.



  1. If the Giants arent in the running for Bradford then why even bother sending a Rep. there. I dont understand it. Would'nt that be a waste of money for the organization to fly someone there, pay for a hotel and on top of that their meals. Just seems like a waste of money.

  2. Dominick:

    Not a waste. It's called doing your due diligence. The teams basically research every legitimate draft pick available, not only for immediate purposes, but for future evaluation of their draft and other teams' drafts. Going to these workouts (sometimes it's a regional scout who is within driving distance) is just part of the draft process.

  3. also useful to know the opposition future qb if they ever meet the Rams...

  4. that makes no sense, why would one need to evaluate other people's drafts? There's no information and there should not be any collusion among GMs about who they will draft and when.

    I can see sending a regional scout. You wouldn't even need to do it, the numbers, velocity etc, are all available.

    waste of money

  5. what if - God forbid - something were to happen to your starter between now and draft day? a car accident, hitting on a girl in a bar goes wrong, etc, and you don't have him for a long time? If, for whatever reason your guy goes down and is unavailable fora few years, be it through health or personal indiscretions, you can bet your sweet heini you'd be wishing you'd taken a bit of time out to look at all the QBs.