The Norman Transcript


March 30, 2010

Bradford still has magic in him

Norman — Sam Bradford spoke to reporters Monday afternoon for a little more than 10 minutes in the same polite tone he always does. The press conference was nothing like the very loud statement he made earlier in the day during his workout for NFL coaches, executives and scouts earlier.

It was just 63 passes, in less than 30 minutes. But it was the performance NFL draft gurus had been waiting to see.

Bradford’s performance left little to the imagination.

“I thought Troy Aikman had the best pro day that I’ve ever seen. This is equal to what Troy did. It was unbelievable. There wasn’t one pass that was not a catchable ball,” draft analyst Gil Brandt said. “The other thing is the guy just gets rid of the ball so quickly. The St. Louis Rams are very happy that they finished last.”

The Rams have the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NFL draft. Bradford has been rumored to be No. 1 on their draft board. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner did nothing to change during his precise performance at the Everest Indoor Training Center.

Bradford’s workout was one of the most anticipated of the 2010 NFL draft evaluation period. The Oklahoma quarterback hadn’t thrown a pass in front of an audience since re-injuring the AC joint in right shoulder more than five months ago. Twenty-one NFL teams were represented in Monday’s workout at Oklahoma’s Everest Indoor Training Center, including the teams with the first four picks in next month’s NFL draft (St. Louis, Detroit, Washington and Tampa Bay).

Those in attendance watched Bradford throw an array of passes to former teammates: wide receiver Adron Tennell, tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Brody Eldridge and running back Chris Brown. Josh Reed, who has played for Buffalo the last eight seasons but is now an unsigned free agent, also served as target.

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