NORMAN — The biggest surprise during Sam Bradford’s pro day workout is there was no surprise.
After all the Oklahoma quarterback has endured the past 29 weeks, somehow he’s still the same old Sam.
Performing in front of representatives from 21 NFL teams late Monday morning, Bradford threw 62 completions in 63 passes.
The only ball to hit the turf was a drop by wideout Adron Tennell. One ball was thrown slightly behind the receiver’s hip, but was easily caught. Every other pass was delivered with pinpoint precision, a tight spiral and good velocity.
"Typical Sam,” OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said. "Very accurate ball. Strong arm. Great feet. Everything is back to where it was.”
The workout bordered on unfathomable, given that Bradford underwent surgery to his (right) throwing shoulder five months ago and he didn’t start throwing in earnest until about five weeks ago.
NFL uber scout Gil Brandt called it the best workout he’s seen since Troy Aikman’s 21 years ago, which led to him being picked No. 1 overall by the Dallas Cowboys.
It remains to be seen whether Monday’s performance will secure Bradford the No. 1 spot in next month’s NFL Draft, but it appears Bradford has thrown himself in that direction.
None of the NFL executives in attendance said Bradford has locked up the top spot, but none was hesitant to heap praise on the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner.
"If you were coming down here to learn anything that you didn’t already know, I think you probably came away saying, ‘Hey, he’s the guy I thought he was,’” said Cleveland Browns general manager Mike Holmgren.
Longtime college and NFL quarterbacks coach Terry Shea was in charge of the workout and has helped Bradford with his rehabilitation. "A lot of people came up to me and said it’s as good a workout as they’ve ever seen,” Shea said.
Bradford’s arm strength was good. Bradford is not John Elway, but he’s not Brady Quinn, either. What makes Bradford so captivating is his uncanny accuracy coupled with solid arm strength.
"He didn’t have the biggest arm I’ve ever seen, but he threw everything beautifully and his accuracy was just about perfect,” said new Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the former head man at USC.