As the 2010 NFL season is set to kick off in nine days, the Browns quarterback situation continues to be at the forefront of all questions. While Derek Anderson is due a roster bonus and Brady Quinn has done little to impress Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini to this point, there is reportedly a growing interest in soon-to-be rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.
Approximately one month ago, WFNY linked Oklahahoma’s Bradford to Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert as his name had allegedly been atop the team’s big board at the quarterback position. A report that later followed via The OBR would confirm these thoughts, and now the latest – also via The Orange and Brown Report’s John Taylor - places Bradford in possibly even higher regard as the Browns inch closer to draft day.
Taylor deems the interest as “increased chatter,” and recommends that fans keep an eye on the situation as we head into Bradford’s Pro Day.
While Bradford is coming off of an injury-shortened senior year with the Sooners, his skill set continues to be widely considered as ideal for a Mike Holmgren offense. His accuracy is considered the best of any quarterback entering the draft, and his agent has made it clear that Bradford is “well ahead of schedule” coming off of his reconstructive surgery.
Holding the seventh selection overall, the Browns have been linked to several different high-caliber players. Defensive back Eric Berry (considered a stretch by many), cornerback Joe Haden and even wide receiver Dez Bryant have all seen their names linked to Cleveland in various mock drafts. The issue at hand is that Bradford’s name is typically one that is taken off of the board before the seventh pick comes to fruition.
Scout.com’s Chris Steuber and ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay all have Bradford going fourth overall to the Washington Redskins, another team with a new regime heading into this year. Chris Burke of the NFL FanHouse has Bradford being selected sixth overall by the Seattle Seahawks, a team with an aging quarterback in the last year of his contract in Matt Hasselbeck.
Given that a handful of teams within the top five of this year’s NFL Draft are looking to move down, there would be opportunity for the Browns to obtain Bradford if they truly felt that he was the longterm answer under center. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has reported that the Browns will be moving towards some form of the West Coast Offense, where completion percentage is crucial.
Brady Quinn completed 53.1 percent of his 256 pass attempts while Derek Anderson was considerably worse with a mark of 44.5 percent.
“Whichever team drafts me will get a winner, an extremely accurate quarterback and a really fierce competitor,” said Bradford.
During his Heisman trophy-winning season in 2008, Bradford completed 68 percent of his 483 pass attempts, totaling 4,721 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
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