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What they’re saying about Sam Bradford

Compiled by Jake Trotter Modified: April 22, 2010 at 10:07 am •  Published: April 22, 2010

→ draft analyst Mike Mayock: "There are two things that I think he is going to have to get a lot better at, one is pocket awareness, which is typical with any quarterback coming out of a spread college offense, and you can see that with Sam. And that is just a matter of an awful lot of reps, along with a lot of film work, and he is going to have to learn to anticipate routes and coverages and those type of things.”

→ESPN analyst and former NFL QB Trent Dilfer: "I understand why the perception has become what it is, because he looks good in shorts. But that is the way he has played football, too. He has played in a 7-on-7 environment, not an 11-on-11 environment. I’m not down on him, but I definitely don’t think he is ‘can’t miss’. His instincts have to be completely retrained. He threw to open receivers from a nice, clean pocket where the coaches made the decisions at the line of scrimmage for him, out of the shotgun. The little bit of film where he played in a chaotic, cluttered (pocket) is not very good. And that is every down in the NFL.”

→ESPN analyst and former NFL QB Ron Jaworski: "When you look at Sam, he played out of that spread offense at Oklahoma, he didn’t read a lot of coverage, a lot of that stuff was looking back to the sideline, getting the play. He wasn’t adjusting his protection to the fronts and the blitzes, there wasn’t a lot of sophisticated reading of the coverage, so I think in that regard, you have to be careful when you think Sam is ready to go on the field. So I think Sam is a guy you’re going to have be a little bit patient with. ...

→ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., on why he ranks Jimmy Clausen ahead of Bradford: "I have no other reason than how he (Clausen) played and how he performed…It has nothing more to do than how he performed and how he played through those ligaments in his toe. …Jimmy Clausen is a true competitor and even people that don’t like him — Todd (McShay) is not a big fan of his and he would admit it on this call, he’d take him at 36 and wouldn’t take him in the first round.


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