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October 27, 2009

Sam Bradford goes pro: Just days before Sam Bradford will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, he ended his reign as Oklahoma's premier passer and entered the 2010 NFL draft. Now the only question remains is how much his decision to play one more year of college has cost him in in the draft and cash.

posted by irunfromclones to football at 02:54 AM - 16 comments

If he's structurally healthy come camp time, I doubt this is going to seriously affect his draft placement. There are enough teams who need a QB this year who'll ensure he's a first round pick and his numbers are enough to get him a look from someone.

That said, if he's not structurally fixed by draft camp....he's going to be kicking himself for a long time.

posted by dfleming at 07:31 AM on October 27

My initial reaction is that this cost him lottery pick status and could be worth as much as $25 million. Which is the difference between being picked first (with two other "franchise" QBs available, Bradford's injury would likely put him in third place on that list) and picked 16th a la Brady Quinn.

I absolutely think that a shoulder injury of this magnitude for such a young player will scare some teams off entirely. He'll be scrutinized so exhaustively that it will be surprising if he comes away unscathed.

It's too bad. I applaud the decision to come back for his senior year.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:11 AM on October 27

if he's not structurally fixed by draft camp....he's going to be drafted by the Lions...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:47 PM on October 27

I applaud the decision to come back for his senior year.

I'm just curious but why do you applaud it? Maybe if I liked college football this would be more apparent but I don't see how this is laudable.

posted by tron7 at 01:02 PM on October 27

It's laudable to stay in college to try for a national championship, which Oklahoma had a shot to achieve with Bradford as QB.

Although he's cost himself some rookie money, he may have avoided falling to an exceptionally bad team. If you were a top QB, how much would it be worth to you not to end up in Oakland?

posted by rcade at 01:11 PM on October 27

How much would it be worth to you not to end up in Oakland?

Depends on the price of the contract to put a hit on Al Davis.

posted by irunfromclones at 01:57 PM on October 27

Look at Drew Brees. Similar situation when he left San Diego. The teams will look at the medical records and make a better decision than Miami did.

posted by Knuckles at 02:07 PM on October 27

It's too bad. I applaud the decision to come back for his senior year.

Actually, he came back for his junior year. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last year, on account of being redshirted as a freshman, but chose to come back for his junior year. So he actually has one more year of eligibility left and is skipping out on that.

posted by holden at 02:33 PM on October 27

So he is a money grubbing bastard after all, holden.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:10 PM on October 27

So he is a money grubbing bastard after all, holden.

Typical me-first athlete. It's not like the university has made any money off him, and they gave him a scholarship to boot. Selfish, selfish, selfish.

posted by holden at 03:30 PM on October 27

He seems like a nice kid, I hope he gets his degree. I will be surprised if he amounts to much as a pro QB.

posted by mjkredliner at 04:16 PM on October 27

Selfish, selfish, selfish.

Plus, I hear he eats babies. The good-looking babies at that.

posted by dfleming at 04:23 PM on October 27

I will be surprised if he amounts to much as a pro QB

He probably won't be good as a pro....he is only 6'4", smart as they come, accurate, makes all of the throws, and makes good decisions on and off the field. Hes probably going to really suck.

posted by sgtcookzane at 08:09 PM on October 27

He took out an insurance policy on his shoulder, i wonder if it pays off if he drops in the draft?

If his shoulder is fixed, I think he'll do just fine as a pro, and dropping a few picks might actually help him in the long run...not having to go to bad team that might try to rush him too fast.

posted by dviking at 10:49 PM on October 27

Typical me-first athlete. It's not like the university has made any money off him, and they gave him a scholarship to boot. Selfish, selfish, selfish.

This generation's Greg Maddox?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:43 AM on October 28

Hes probably going to really suck.

I may be proven wrong.

Nate Hybl, Josh Heupel, Jason White aside, the last good pro QB OU produced finished his collegiate career at UCLA. Time will tell.

posted by mjkredliner at 12:34 PM on October 28

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