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What if OU's Sam Bradford came out this year?

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: April 24, 2009 at 9:02 am •  Published: April 24, 2009
But he’s not a real imposing guy. Another year of working and lifting will help him immensely. He’ll be way better prepared to cope with the NFL physically.”

That’s why Jones and Kiper both believe Bradford made the wise decision to return for another year of college, even though Bradford might have ended up as the top quarterback in this draft.

"It won’t be ending for him,” Kiper said. "But the scrutiny will be less because he’ll be a junior, a fourth-year junior.”

Jones compares Bradford now to Sooner basketball star Blake Griffin last year.

Had Griffin gone out as a freshman, he would’ve been a lottery pick. But having another year to mature physically and mentally at OU, Griffin has made himself into the top prospect in the NBA Draft this summer.

"If Bradford were in this draft, he wouldn’t be ready to start right away, and it doesn’t appear these other guys are ready, either,” Jones said. "None of them are talked about like a Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Michael Vick, not in the family of those guys.”

With another year, however, Bradford could be viewed in 2010 the way Matt Ryan, a three-year starter at Boston College, was viewed in last year’s draft.

As a can’t-miss quarterback.

Said Jones, "Bradford is going to be a much better prospect next year.”

NFL Draft
→When: Saturday and Sunday

→Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York

→TV: ESPN (Cox 29) and NFL Network (Cox 252)

→Coming tomorrow: Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew is widely considered the top tight end in the draft. We’ll take a look at his development and how he became the prototypical tight end.

Sooners in the draft
OU players who could be drafted in Saturday and Sunday’s NFL Draft:

Jon Cooper
Center, 6-2, 291

→The skinny: Cooper has put on a ton of weight since January, diminishing his primary negative: size. Teams will love his work ethic, technique and leadership, even if he is undersized.

→Draft projection: Sixth round

→Possible destinations: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, New England

Nic Harris
Safety/linebacker, 6-2, 234

→The skinny: Harris may not have a true position in the NFL, and a slow 4.85 time in the 40 didn’t help.

→Draft projection: Fifth round

→Possible destinations: Cleveland, Green Bay, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia

Lendy Holmes
Safety, 6-0, 206

→The skinny: Holmes’ lack of speed (4.65) appears to have dropped his value dramatically; ESPN’s Todd McShay predicts Holmes will be the last player taken in the entire draft.

→Draft projection: Seventh round

→Possible destinations: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle

Juaquin Iglesias
Wide receiver, 6-1, 204

→The skinny: Iglesias doesn’t possess top-end speed, but his production in college won’t be overlooked.

→Draft projection: Third round

→Possible destinations: Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis

Manny Johnson
Wide receiver, 5-11, 189

→The skinny: A hamstring injury has prevented him from working out in front of scouts; that probably leaves him undrafted, though he could be a priority free-agent pickup.

→Draft projection: Free agent

→Possible destinations: Cleveland, Dallas, Jacksonville, Oakland, Philadelphia

Phil Loadholt
Offensive tackle, 6-8, 332

→The skinny: His size is attractive, but it’s his potential as a dominant run blocker that will win over teams that lean on the power running game.

→Draft projection: Second round

→Possible destinations: Baltimore, Chicago, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh

Duke Robinson
Offensive guard, 6-5, 329

→The skinny: A mauler in the run game, Robinson will also be scooped up by someone interested in augmenting their power run attack.

→Draft projection: Third round

→Possible destinations: Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego

Brandon Walker
Offensive guard, 6-3, 306

→The skinny: Often overlooked by playing alongside Cooper, Loadholt and Robinson, Walker still was a productive player in college and that could catch someone’s attention.

→Draft projection: Free agent

→Possible destinations: Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, Washington



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