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2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Sam Bradford



  • Sam Bradford, 6-4/214

  • Quarterback

  • Oklahoma


  • Sam Bradford Scouting Report
    By Matt McGuire

    Strengths:
  • Good size with room to add some bulk
  • Peyton Manning-like accuracy
  • Outstanding job of anticipating routes
  • Solid arm strength
  • Capable of making all the throws
  • Smooth, consistent spiral
  • Textbook footwork and can drop back if asked
  • Great decision-maker since freshman year
  • Understands timing
  • Well versed in progression reads
  • Experienced
  • Very quick release
  • Ridiculous level of production
  • Sells play action
  • Places ball in stride of receiver
  • Will step up in pocket
  • Decent athleticism
  • Throws pro routes and has been under center more than given credit for in career
  • Strong leader and good character



    Weaknesses:
  • Toughness really hasn't been tested at this point in his career; never seen pass rush
  • Arm strength is good, but he will struggle to fit ball in tight windows if he doesn't make very quick decisions
  • We really do not know if he can make throws on the run yet
  • Doesn't make any jaw-dropping throws
  • Doesn't have Stafford/Sanchez level of upside
  • Is never really forced out of pocket

    Summary: The statistics are there and he has operated in a pro-style offense as a freshman. He does throw pro routes, however, he WILL get nitpicked. Matt Leinart was nitpicked. Aaron Rodgers was nitpicked. Brady Quinn was nitpicked. Bradford won't have any challenges this season, so scouts and draftniks will find the flaws. Bradford is a top-20 pick, but don't be shocked if he doesn't go as high as we expect (Top 5) next April.

    Player Comparison: Eli Manning. Like Eli, Bradford lacks the elite arm, but he is a superb decision-maker with great accuracy and decision-making. Both have limited upside.



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