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Sam Bradford (QB)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    236 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Oklahoma
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 1 (1)
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Pick Analysis: The Rams tab Sam Bradford to be their new franchise quarterback. Though Bradford missed most of the 2009 season nursing a shoulder injury, his strong pre-draft workouts, intangibles and game tape made him the right choice in St. Louis. While the Rams don't have many weapons around him, Bradford gives the team an accurate thrower with the skills to develop into an elite quarterback as the team builds around him.

Overview

Bradford won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt sophomore in 2008 and then decided after his junior year to come out early. He missed most of the season after injuring and then re-injuring his shoulder which required surgery to repair in October of 2009. He has won a lot of games between his years at Oklahoma as well as during high school. He can be extremely accurate in the short to intermediate passing game and will flash the ability to time his throws leading his receivers so that they can catch the ball in stride when going downfield. While he may need a year or two to develop into a starting quarterback, he does have a tremendous upside.


Strengths

Bradford has ideal height and good mobility. Exceptionally accurate with a quick release. Possesses great balance and steps into his throws. Has quick feet to sidestep the rush and the toughness to stand in the pocket and take a hit. Makes good decisions and uses an effective pump fake. Very competitive and a strong leader. Extremely productive and successful in college.

Weaknesses

Coming off shoulder injury on his throwing arm. Needs to add bulk to withstand the pounding at the next level. Uses a three-quarter delivery that may lead to batted balls. Has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long.

Grade

8.7

 

Video Playlist

  • First 24: Sam Bradford

    Published: April 26, 2010 at 02:57 p.m.

    Follow No. 1 pick Sam Bradford from the red carpet to hearing his name called at the NFL Draft.

  • Rams take Sam Bradford

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 08:24 p.m.

    The Rams select Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • Sanders with 1 and 2?

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 02:04 p.m.

    Deion Sanders talks with college teammates Gerald McCoy and Sam Bradford about the draft.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

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