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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Sam Bradford


With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates.

Player: Sam Bradford, quarterback, Oklahoma

Basics: 6-foot-4, 236 pounds. Oklahoma's all-time leading passer, his 86 touchdown passes in 2007 and '08 (which included 50 as a sophomore) are the most by a college quarterback during his first two seasons.

Why he might fit: The Redskins have been impressed with Bradford and Mike Shanahan likes the idea of growing a young quarterback, someone who could learn under Donovan McNabb for a season or two. Bradford is smart, has a good throwing motion and has impressed teams during interviews. He might be the draft's best
quarterback prospect in several years.

Reasons against the pick: It's doubtful Bradford slips to No. 4, and the Redskins don't have the draft picks to trade up to No. 1. Bradford played in a spread offense in college and will need some time to adjust to the pro style. He'll need to made more decisions, read defenses, pick up blitzes and won't be able to rely on the sidelines the way he did in college.

Chances Redskins draft him: 20 percent. The Rams shouldn't pass up Bradford, and the asking price in trade should prevent the Redskins from moving up.

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft  
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Comments

"With the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.... The Rams have traded the pick to the Redskins who select Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma"...
NOOOOOOOOOO

Videos of both Bradford injuries..
He is hardly planted.. Now add NFL speed and weight...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQcMevbHqzA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcaYwLTBwzo&feature=related

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 22, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Well, hello Mr. fancy pants!

Posted by: Original_etrod | April 22, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Pass on the passer...

Posted by: WRBD | April 22, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

They keep saying 'Skins still want to move up, I don't believe it for a min... It's gotta be a smoke screen... way too pricey when your need is not a QB... Just because Shanny has a man crush on Bradford, doesn't mean he should ruin our draft to get him when our needs are OL & other positions... If anything we need to move back & get as much value as we can.

Posted by: tony325 | April 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Ok, time to get the trades made
Trading Down
Trading AH, JC and maybe SM
Let's get this thing / draft started

HTTR!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | April 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Shanny likes Bradford as much as people are saying.

They are still acting like Vinny is running things.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 22, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Due to the recent Rothlisberger situation.. Network game commentators have been instructed to no longer say "Their Offense appears stalled".

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm ready for some lets-make-a-deal action tonight (or just a big slobberknocker tackle and call it a night)

Posted by: stevek20147 | April 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Look I understand the love affair with Bradford. Dude, from what I've read, has undeniable potential. My problem with the trade up move is why get McNabb if the goal all along was to move for Bradford? It makes the #37 pick and the 2011 pick wasted investments. I can't find the logic in that happening.

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Does any one know how long will each team have to make there pick?

Posted by: richardgovea | April 22, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I cannot imagine that some team out there would not part with a second rounder for AH92, given his talent level, the way his contract was restructured and his relatively reasonable salary over the next couple of years. Carter should also be moved for a fourth round pick or better if they can get it because he apparently will not fit well into a 34 system. I say they should hold on to JC17 if they can't get at least a fifth rounder for him (and it appears they can't) because somebody will lose a QB in preseason or training camp and he will be worth something at that point. If not, he is a quality, albeit expensive, backup for McNabb for one year.

Posted by: manlius1 | April 22, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Time?
NFL a few years ago moved first rd picks from 15 minutes to 10 minutes time limit.

Great Move!
This Commish, is great for the NFL!!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | April 22, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I should add that I would be unhappy if they moved Rocky unless they got at least a 3rd rounder for him. Moving him creates yet another hole to fill.

Posted by: manlius1 | April 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 22, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Shanny likes Bradford as much as people are saying.

They are still acting like Vinny is running things.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 22, 2010 10:20 AM

Not so. If Vinny were running things they'd have us taking Clausen. Vinny and Kiper agree that Clausen is the best QB prospect this year.

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

http://blogs.tennessean.com/titans/2010/04/22/for-titans-plenty-hinges-on-haynesworth/


Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 22, 2010 10:34 AM |

Titans aren't the only team interested in AH. We'll take the best offer.

Posted by: sthai75 | April 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Bradford did not impress me at all in his segment with Jon Gruden. He seems really quiet - which has been the knock on Jason Campbell. Not fiery enough.

Strangely enough, the QB who seemed to love football the most in the Gruden segments was Colt McCoy.

That being said...we do not need to draft a QB.....it would be a horrible mistake.

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 22, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I hope they try to trade Big Al to Baltimore for the tackle they're trying to move. If they then draft another tackle with the 4th pick, they could pretty much instantly turn the weakest link on the team into the strongest. And McNabb will last a lot longer with a good line, so they won't need to pick a "QB of the Future" (which works out about 10% of the time) in this draft.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | April 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I hope they try to trade Big Al to Baltimore for the tackle they're trying to move.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | April 22, 2010 10:40 AM

And this trade would work because even though Haynesworth doesn't want to play in DC's 3-4, he'd love to play in Baltimore's 3-4.

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

PFT says McFadden is on the block for a 5th rounder...possible upgrade at RB?

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

ESPN twitter feed says Rams sources are saying there is nothing going on between Skins and Rams now

Posted by: manlius1 | April 22, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: suliman215 | April 22, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

PFT says McFadden is on the block for a 5th rounder...possible upgrade at RB?

Posted by: brownwood26

This is interesting because I think McFadden has been a bust so far

For a fifth rounder he would be good anyway though, because we know he is fast as h#ll and we could use him as a return man

Posted by: rupertpupkin | April 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Not old enough. Give it a decade or so.

Posted by: SMACK1 | April 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

http://blogs.tennessean.com/titans/2010/04/22/for-titans-plenty-hinges-on-haynesworth/


Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 22, 2010 10:34 AM

F the Titians and their 3rd bs offer.

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Mike Florio
April 22nd, 10:50
Rams/Redskins negotiations heat up

Negotiations between the Redskins and Rams have heated up to the point where the deal is considered to be almost completed. In the aforementioned deal the Rams would get the Redskins first round pick, #4 overall, as well as Jason Campbell, and Albert Haynesworth, in exchange the Redskins would get the Rams first round pick, #1 overall, as well as a 4th round pick. It is assumed that the Redskins would then use that first pick in the draft to take quarterback Sam Bradford.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

F the Titians and their 3rd bs offer.

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 10:50 AM

Titians = invaders from planet tit?

Haynesworth will be traded after the draft, not before the draft, for picks next year. He won't be a Redskin this fall. You heard it from a League-Source.

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

lol... Bean!

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 22, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Arrelious Benn is a big Skins fan...there's your #4 pick!

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 22, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: suliman215 | April 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"...Bradford played in a spread offense in college and will need some time to adjust to the pro style.."


Just what is the 'pro style' anymore when more and more pro football offenses use 3-4 wide sets and use the pass to set up the run.

And then, the running action is a draw or 'stretch'--a play that's an offshoot of the old sprint draw action (or, a passing play where the q-back sprints one way like he's about to throw, then hands off to a back).

There are more advantages to having a big, strong-armed, accurate college quarterback who's used to passing out of the 'spread' than a traditional under the center quarterback who's never had the weight off and offense on his shoulders.

S Bradford will be a great pro quarterback for the smart team that uses spread concepts in the NFL: or, like what's already happening in NE, Indy, Houston,....

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 22, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"One thing you know about Mike Shanahan is he's going to protect his quarterback," center Casey Rabach said.


Didn't we hear the same thing about Joe Gibbs when he came in? And he drafted who as an OL? (Answer noone, we had Samuels and Jansen already, Dockery was drafted when Spurrier was in office.)

So who got drafted as OL?

2006: 7th Rd Kili Lefotu guard (gone now)

That's it. So I don't buy that because he wants to protect his QB that means he will go OL, in fact, that's more reason to get experienced OL like Shawn Andrews or Flozelle Adams as to draft a rookie in some people's minds.

So people get ready for a surprise tonight, I'm not smelling OL coming although it would be a no brainer pick.

Posted by: Veretax | April 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The endless stream of NFL Draft commercials has that Jay-Z "Empire State of Mind" stuck in my head...that beat has been burned in my brain for like a whole week now...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Never was a John Gruden Fan. But his straight talk when advising and critiquing Jimmy Claussen for his QB Camp special for espn is really abusive, treating the kid like a punk.

Posted by: sthai75 | April 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

that beat has been burned in my brain for like a whole week now...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 22, 2010 11:00 AM

What did it drive out? Lady Gaga's Bad Romance? Ra Ra-ah-ah-ah; Roma Roma-ma; GaGa
Oh la-la

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Never was a John Gruden Fan. But his straight talk when advising and critiquing Jimmy Claussen for his QB Camp special for espn is really abusive, treating the kid like a punk.

Posted by: sthai75 | April 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse


I thought it was great.. Love Gruden on MNF.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 22, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Never was a John Gruden Fan. But his straight talk when advising and critiquing Jimmy Claussen for his QB Camp special for espn is really abusive, treating the kid like a punk.

Posted by: sthai75 | April 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse


I thought it was great.. Love Gruden on MNF.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 22, 2010 11:17 AM |


After watching his segment with Colt McCoy, I like this kid genuine, and passion for the game. Great kid take him in a heart beat. He just doesn't have the arm strength shanny requires.

Posted by: sthai75 | April 22, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

If there is a merciful God, no, no a thousand times no...

Posted by: ElYeah | April 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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