Sam Bradford is a good quarterback. He set records in both his first seasons at OU and Rams. He has flashed ability from time to time that shows he could be an elite quarterback or at least have the level of accuracy required to be an elite quarterback. The only thing that I believe separates Sam from the elite is his ability to read and react. Elite quarterbacks go through their read progressions at a superhuman pace, identifying offensive opportunity, and delivering the ball on time and properly placed. I am not sure that Sam can do all four consistently. I hope he can develop into a quarterback that can do these things consistently.
Sam Bradford is injury prone. He has been unable to complete three of the past five seasons. In 2009, early in the season he suffered a 3rd degree AC joint sprain. Later in 2009, he took a big hit against Texas that caused him to have season ending shoulder surgery on his throwing arm. In 2011, he suffered a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss six games including the final game of the year. In 2013, he tears his ACL running out of bounds.
Our Front Office let us down this year. I have been very supportive of everything our FO has done up to this point except one obvious mistake. Kellen Clemens will never get a team to the playoffs in the NFL and we came into this season with Clemens as our backup. We all knew this before the season started!
2014 will likely not provide us with the opportunity to sign a veteran free agent capable of taking a team to the playoffs. The top FA QBs next season who could be backups are Michael Vick, Chad Henne, Josh Freeman, and Josh McCown. McCown seems to be the only QB from this list that I would be interested in signing, however, there is a solid chance that he gets a shot at starting for another team next year or stays with the Bears.
So we MUST draft a Quarterback in May. And we MUST draft a QB that can take a team to the playoffs next year because there is a very high chance that Sam Bradford will be injured. We should assume that BEST CASE SCENARIO Sam Bradford will at least be injured at some point in 2014/2015. If he only misses 20 percent of the next two seasons we will need a backup quarterback for seven games. In Seven games the quarterback will touch the ball roughly 500 times. Tavon Austin, for example, will probably only touch the ball on offense 300 times if he stays healthy for the ENTIRE next two seasons. Worst case scenario is that Sam will never be the same quarterback after his knee injury….like RGIII.
So I am interested in reading your thoughts on the quarterback we should draft, what round we will draft him, and why we should expect him to be a quarterback to lead our NFL team to the playoffs.