Scouting Report: Sam Bradford

Written by Will Spencer on April 15, 2010

Sam Bradford

Position: QB School: Oklahoma
Height: 6’4 1/4" Weight: 236 lbs
Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.64

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

First Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 6.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 6
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 10

Quarterback Specific Categories


Max. Value


Decision Making 10 9.5
Arm Strength 7 5.5
Accuracy 10 10
Mechanics/Footwork 7 6
Mobility 6 5
Release Quickness 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


Very accurate passer. Can put touch on the ball that no other QB in this class can duplicate. Very good decision maker. Consistently put the ball in places where his receivers didn’t have to lose speed when making the catch. Can make all the throws required of an NFL quarterback. Doesn’t have the best arm strength but steps into the ball and drives it down the field. Not afraid to stand in the pocket and take the hit. Mobile enough to roll outside of the pocket and does an excellent job of throwing on the move. Has a very good pump fake that he knows when to utilize. Doesn’t get easily rattled. Smart with a high football IQ. Added weight before the combine, giving him ideal size/bulk. Ultra productive.


Comes from a spread offense where he had very large windows to throw the ball. Has some serious durability questions after suffering a season ending shoulder injury in 2009. Durability is a little less of a concern after his pro day performance and the bulk he added during the offseason. Releases the ball with a 3/4 delivery. Doesn’t step up into the pocket when pressure comes from the outside, rolling out instead. Didn’t face a tremendous pass rush on regular occasions at Oklahoma due to offensive line and scheme. Arm strength is just slightly above average. Took the majority of his snaps from the shotgun.


Sam Bradford has all the tools required to become a high caliber quarterback in the NFL. There are certainly questions and concerns with his durability and the scheme he played at Oklahoma, but it’s hard to ignore his talent on film. He’s a very accurate passer and can make all the NFL throws. His grade indicates a mid 1st round pick, but he’ll certainly be taken higher than that based on a relatively weak quarterback class. I have a personal bias when it comes to underclassmen quarterbacks and also quarterbacks that come from a spread offense, so I’m very cautious about Bradford. However, he appears to be a lock as the top quarterback taken in this draft and will more than likely be over-drafted and taken in the top 5 picks.


Bradford was a red shirt freshman and then began starting in 2007, starting ever since.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: Heisman Trophy winner. Davey O’Brien Award Winner. Sammy Baugh Trophy winner. First team All-American. Big 12 Offensive player of the year. 1st team All-Big 12. All-Big 12 Academic 1st team.
2007: Freshman All-American. Academic All-Big 12. Honorable mention All-Big 12.


Unknown major at Oklahoma.


Father, Kent, played offensive lineman at Oklahoma between 1977-1978.


Suffered shoulder injury in season opener in 2009, missing two games. Returned as starter and re-injured shoulder, requiring season ending surgery.

Career Stats
Year Comp Att % Yards TD INT Sacks Rush Yds Rush TD
2009 39 69 56.5 562 2 0 2 -18 0
2008 328 483 67.9 4720 50 8 11 47 5
2007 237 341 69.5 3121 36 8 12 7 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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