With all the momentum behind the Bradford/Clausen at number one, I still think the pick should be the best player in the draft. I had a chance to watch Ndamukong Suh on Sports Science the other day while I was watching ESPN. Its a pretty neat thing they are doing to show you the measurables of different players.
For those of you who couldn't watch it let me give you a summary:
When they wanted to see his explosion off the line of scrimmage. He reacts to the trigger in .26 seconds. That was faster than any backs or WRs tested. He then hits a top speed of 13.5 mph in only 1.3 seconds (the 6 yard mark by the way, now that is covering ground quickly). To give you an idea of this at the next level, that is faster than Tony Romo. They then ran him through a heavy bag drill to see how hard he tackles. He obliverated a crash dummy with 3200 lbs of force (that is harder than Ray Lewis and Kris Jenkins just to put it in perspective). The combination of Speed and Power will make the guy a force to be reckoned with.
A few things that I took away from this- is i know he is not gonna be able to man handle O-linemen at the next level, but this quick burst combined with the quick hands and feet will put him in a position to win the battle at the line of srimmage and penetrate. Oh yeah, in case you didn't know he hits hard too!
I know that it may be wishful thinking, but I am still hoping for Suh come draft day. Not to say that I don't think Bradford is good,or that I don't think we need a QB, but $50 mill guaranteed...ouch.
If those don't help your decision, how about the fact that he has already committed to donating $2.6 million to Nebraska. $2 million to upgrading the weight and strength room, plus another $600 K in scholarships to the Engineering program. That is the definition of a student-athlete giving back.