Tag:Sam Bradford
Posted on: March 16, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Bryant's Pro Day switches wearing thin

Oklahoma State wide receiver is changing his Pro Day date. Again.

Bryant had originally planned to workout for scouts at the Combine. A hamstring injury prevented that.

Scouts had hoped he'd be able to workout at Oklahoma State's Pro Day March 9. Bryant was still recovering from the injury.

Bryant re-scheduled the Pro Day for March 25, the same day as Oklahoma's Sam Bradford's personal workout. Now that Bradford has changed his Pro Day date to lessen the conflict with the NFL Owners' Meetings, Bryant is switching his workout again.

Except this time, Oklahoma State isn't willing to help out. And that could be big trouble for Bryant's stock with NFL teams.

According to Adam Schefter's report here, Bryant and his representatives attempted to schedule a Pro Day on the Oklahoma State campus for March 30 - the day after Sam Bradford's workout and the day before the dozens of NFL scouts are expected to travel south to Austin, Texas for Colt McCoy and the rest of the Longhorns' Pro Day.

The Oklahoma State athletic department, however, refused to allow Bryant to schedule another Pro Day on campus. Remember, this is a football program, whose head coach, Mike Gundy, had previously been unabashedly supportive of his players.

That Gundy and the OSU athletic program are not willing to help their former All-American receiver will be interpreted by some as proof Bryant, while incredibly talented, isn't worth the trouble.

That perception could lead a player with top ten talent to tumble down the draft board come April.
Posted on: March 12, 2010 8:00 pm
 

Rams top brass meet with Suh for 35 minutes

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh spent only about 15 minutes working out at Nebraska's Pro Day Thursday, but is was the 35 minute sit down session he had with Rams' general manager Billy Devaney and head coach Steve Spagnuola that could have the greater impact on whether he is the first defensive tackle to be drafted first overall since Cincinnati selected Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson in 1994.

I certainly believe the Rams should take Suh with the first pick simply because I believe he is the best player in this draft. Quite frankly, I think he's the best player by a significant margin.

That said, I have recently changed my forecast of the first round to have the Rams taking Oklahoma's Sam Bradford simply because of the greater value teams place on quarterbacks.

More details on Suh and the Rams extensive checks on him can be found by reading Bryan Burwell's fine article for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.


Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Top prospects do little at OU Pro Day

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Oklahoma Pro Day -- enough that representatives from nearly every team showed up (including a handful of head coaches and front office executives. In fact, 31 of the NFL's 32 teams were present. Only the Raiders weren't represented.

As it turned out, however, most of them could have stayed home as the top prospects didn't do much of anything to alter their grades.

According to scouts I spoke to who attended the workout:

Quarterback Sam Bradford , as I reported yesterday, did not attend the Pro Day.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (6-4, 298) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (6-5, 259) were measured, but did not participate in any drills. Both measured in a few pounds different today than they had at the Combine (McCoy was 295, Gresham was 261, respectively). Offensive tackle Trent Williams also elected to stand on most of his Combine results, but did participate in the short shuttle (4.4) and 3-cone drill (7.4).

Gresham may have helped his cause with a "solid showing" in receiving and blocking drills.

Another potential first round pick -- cornerback Dominique Franks , a 5-11, 191 pound junior -- bettered his Combine time in the 40-yard from 4.52 seconds to times varying from 4.44-4.50, according to scouts in attendance.

The two players who may have helped themselves the most were players not invited to the Combine and thereby forced to take advantage of the high number of scouts attending.

Offensive guard Brian Simmons was not invited to the Combine, but perhaps should have been -- especially considering the relatively weak crop of talent at the position this year. Simmons measured in at 6-4 1/4, 315 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash between 5.19-5.26. He was timed at 4.75 in the short shuttle, 7.61 in the 3-cone and posted a 28" vertical jump and a 8-10" broad jump.

Nose guard DeMarcus Granger (6-1, 320) may have helped his cause by showing off his strength. He posted a Pro Day-high 32 reps of 225 pounds. 


Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Dez Bryant pushes back Pro Day from Wed to 25th

Wednesday's Oklahoma State Pro Day is quickly losing its luster.

Head coach Mike Gundy announced over the weekend via a radio interview that cornerback Perrish Cox would not be allowed to work out at the Cowboys' Pro Day.

Now, this report from ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that wide receiver Dez Bryant won't be able to work out Wednesday either.

Bryant's inability to work out Wednesday isn't altogether surprising. He had previously cited a pulled hamstring as to why he wasn't able to run and perform drills at the Combine just two weeks ago.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect about Bryant's decision not to work out is the date in which his new Pro Day is planned -- March 25 -- the same day scouts will be flocking to see Sam Bradford throw.

Bryant had better hope he gives scouts plenty of time to leave Bradford's work out before coming to his. There is little doubt which of the two workouts will generate the most interest.

It is approximately a two hour drive from Norman, Oklahoma to Stillwater.
Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Mixed reaction re: Bradford missing OU Pro Day

Despite Oklahoma hosting their Pro Day tomorrow, quarterback Sam Bradford will not be present, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Bradford's absence isn't necessarily a surprise considering that he had previously scheduled a personal workout on campus for March 25. Still, it generated mixed reactions from scouts I spoke with this morning. 

One, who had previously held reservations about the former Heisman winner, remained pessimistic about the quarterback's reasoning for not attending.

"I wondered how much of a team guy he was before. Now, he isn't going to support his teammates?"

Another scout, however, thought this was taking things too far.

"He's already said he wasn't going to work out tomorrow. If he shows up, he'll just be a distraction from the guys who are (working out). Sure, we all wish he'd be there, but he's taking the time to get himself right and he won't get closer to doing that by sitting on the sideline with pom-poms."

The reality is, Bradford's final draft status will ultimately hinge on the results of te medical tests he took at the Combine and how he performs during his workout... not his former teammates.

On a related note, the belief among scouts is that the next two highest rated Sooner prospects -- DT Gerald McCoy and OT Trent Williams -- will attend the Pro Day, but aren't expected to do anything more than positional drills.
Posted on: February 27, 2010 3:05 pm
 

Undefinable "it?" Bradford has it

Moments after being underwhelmed by Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, I was surprised by how impressive Sam Bradford was in person.

First off, while I felt that Jimmy Clausen looked even smaller than his measured 6-2, 222 he measured in for scouts yesterday, Bradford looked all of 6-4, 236 pounds. He had gained obvious muscle mass in his upper body.

And while not necessarily as comfortable in the spotlight as Mark Sanchez or Matt Stafford were last year, there was no doubt that the former Heisman winner owned the media room with a confidence and ease that will be very attractive to teams.

One of the real questions scouts had about Sam Bradford was his leadership. He appeared so quiet and reserved in prior interviews that I, too, wondered if he had the fire to lead. I had mentioned in a previous blog post about the undefinable "it" that scouts look for at the quarterback position -- a combination of charisma, poise and intelligence.

I continue to believe that Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh is the best and safest player in this draft. He is the player I'd take with the first pick.

However...

Assuming that Bradford can prove his health and is as impressive on his March 25 Pro Day as I expect him to be, I can certainly understand why he's generating momentum to be the No. 1 overall pick.


Posted on: February 26, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Colt McCoy barely tops 6-1

With all of the talk surrounding Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen's size, Colt McCoy may have been the surprise story so far today, measuring in at only 6-1 1/8 and 216 pounds. He had already been considered small by NFL standards, having been listed by the Longhorns at 6-2, 210 pounds. Therefore, in the weight department, McCoy actually may have secured his standing a bit.

That said, at only 6-1, those who question if McCoy has the bulk to handle the punishment of an NFL season will be further concerned -- especially considering his recurring shoulder problems.

Considering that the Super Bowl was just won on the golden arm of a quarterback listed by the Saints at 6-0, 209 pounds, however, some would argue that too much is being made of McCoy's size. Especially considering that while short, Brees' surprisingly large hands have helped him be one of the league's more secure ball-handlers.

Like Brees, McCoy has the hands of a larger man. In fact, his hands (9 3/4") were larger than those of Bradford (9 1/2") or Clausen (9"). Clausen's 9" hands are the smallest of the quarterbacks measured in Indianapolis. 


Posted on: February 26, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: February 26, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Bradford, Clausen rising... literally

Sam Bradford was listed at 6-4, 223 pounds by the Oklahoma Sooners. His slight frame had been one of the concerns for scouts, who questioned whether the former Heisman winner had the build to withstand the punishment of an NFL season.

Bradford helped his own cause by measuring in at 6-4 1/4  and 236 pounds for scouts today. Scouts on hand characterized him as trim in the waist and thicker in his upper body than he'd been previously.

His prototypical frame only adds to the seemingly ever-expanding momentum Bradford is gaining to overtake Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh to be the first pick overall.

Jimmy Clausen also came in bigger than expected, measuring in at 6-2 5/8 and 222 pounds. There had been some talk in league circles that Clausen would come in at 6-1 or less.




 
 
 
 
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