QB Sam Bradford proves worthy of draft’s top pick

Sam Bradford is No. 1. Or at least he should be.

Based off his workout Monday in Norman, Okla., there is nothing left for Bradford to prove. Rams officials will wait until the quarterback’s private workout in St. Louis on April 19 before locking in its decision with the No. 1-overall pick, but Bradford is healthy and no doubt has all the physical tools to be a good NFL quarterback.

Many quarterbacks with good tools look great in organized workouts such as Bradford’s on Monday, so it’s important to always go back to the film on such prospects. And Bradford’s game film leaves no doubt he is an elite prospect.

In Monday’s workout, Bradford showed the same quick and compact throwing motion he did before his shoulder injury so it seems as though the injury and rehab did not alter his throwing motion.

He dropped back from center on nearly every pass attempt but did take a few shotgun snaps. He showed quick footwork while dropping back and looked quick and comfortable planting his back foot and driving into throws. He displayed a strong arm throughout the workout and showed the ability to make all the NFL throws with zip.

He was accurate throughout the workout, although two passes were slightly behind the receiver but were caught with only slight route adjustments. His passes had a tight spiral, and he displayed good touch on deep passes along the sideline. He put good air under passes with just enough zip, leading receivers perfectly so they didn’t have to slow down to catch deep balls.

He was able to show off his arm strength when he threw a nice pass deep down the middle of the field that traveled more than 65 yards in the air. He looked athletic on rollouts and made strong and accurate throws on the move.

Other than the shoulder injury, the only unanswered question had been arm strength. After Monday’s workout, all questions have been answered.

Former NFL scout Russ Lande evaluates college players for Sporting News’ Pro Football War Room and GM Jr. Scouting LLC.

Sam Bradford is No. 1. Or at least he should be.

Based off his workout Monday in Norman, Okla., there is nothing left for Bradford to prove. Rams officials will wait until the quarterback’s private workout in St. Louis on April 19 before locking in its decision with the No. 1-overall pick, but Bradford is healthy and no doubt has all the physical tools to be a good NFL quarterback.

Many quarterbacks with good tools look great in organized workouts such as Bradford’s on Monday, so it’s important to always go back to the film on such prospects. And Bradford’s game film leaves no doubt he is an elite prospect.

In Monday’s workout, Bradford showed the same quick and compact throwing motion he did before his shoulder injury so it seems as though the injury and rehab did not alter his throwing motion.

He dropped back from center on nearly every pass attempt but did take a few shotgun snaps. He showed quick footwork while dropping back and looked quick and comfortable planting his back foot and driving into throws. He displayed a strong arm throughout the workout and showed the ability to make all the NFL throws with zip.

He was accurate throughout the workout, although two passes were slightly behind the receiver but were caught with only slight route adjustments. His passes had a tight spiral, and he displayed good touch on deep passes along the sideline. He put good air under passes with just enough zip, leading receivers perfectly so they didn’t have to slow down to catch deep balls.

He was able to show off his arm strength when he threw a nice pass deep down the middle of the field that traveled more than 65 yards in the air. He looked athletic on rollouts and made strong and accurate throws on the move.

Other than the shoulder injury, the only unanswered question had been arm strength. After Monday’s workout, all questions have been answered.

Former NFL scout Russ Lande evaluates college players for Sporting News’ Pro Football War Room and GM Jr. Scouting LLC.

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