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Morning links: QB Bradford pro day today

Post by Eric Williams on March 29, 2010 at 8:01 am with 10 Comments »
March 29, 2010 8:01 am

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford has his pro day today. And if he shows that he has no ill effect from last year’s shoulder injury, Bradford likely will be the top pick by the St. Louis Rams come draft time.

According to this story from The Oklahoman, most of the draft experts expect Bradford to go No. 1 overall.

Oklahoma University will have a live web cast for the event, which begins at 8:45 pacific time.

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post says it’s important for Bradford to throw with good velocity and power.

Rob Rang of is covering the event live, and provides a run down of things that Bradford needs to do here.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, can you provide a list of pro days and individual workouts the ‘Hawks are attending or have requested? Thanks

  2. A new voice is coming to the Seattle Seahawks blog scene!!!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Very cool. Anything to lift the quality of the Seahawks blog (at least that’s who it sounds like he’ll be working for) . Farnsworth does a fine job but from the layout to the actual reporting, the whole thing needs a significant upgrade. I look forward to his addition.

  4. Did anyone read Peter King’s MMQB with Carroll’s comments on why they took Whitehurst?

    Reading this played into my biggest fear that Whitehurst is the next Rob Johnson. Carroll talks about how he can make every throw and looks great in practice.

    But looking at his preseason and college stats, its clear this guy has no pocket presence, just like Rob Johnson. I’m guessing QBs in college can look good without pocket presence but I know they can’t in the pros.

    Not only does it scare me with the 3rd round pick given up, but also on Carroll’s evaluation process.

  5. Pabuwal:

    The Bills traded a 1st and a 4th for Rob Johnson. The first rounder was a top ten pick that the Jaguars went on to select Fred Taylor with. Although I am a firm believer that the Seahawks could have gotten Whiterhurst for less than they did, they have in no way mortgaged their future for this guy.

    I like the move because it shows that Pete and John realize that we need to start planning for the future at quarterback. That’s something that T.R. and Holmgren refused to do.

    Worse case scenario, I think he is an upgrade over Seneca Wallace.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Can we please wait for Whitehurst to play in his firs pre-season game at least, before we condemn his “pocket presence” and by extension Carroll’s “evaluation process”? Can one really measure a QBs presence by the stat sheet? Deep breath…

  7. nighthawk2 says:

    Whitehurst hasn’t played one down for us and already he’s compared to a bad QB like Rob Johnson? I wouldn’t believe anything Peter King said if he told me it was raining outside.

    There’s a lot of players who’ll go in the top 10 that shouldn’t. In fact there’s a lot of guys who’ll go in the 1st round who shouldn’t, and Sam “I’ve got a noodle arm but make up for it with a fragile shoulder” Bradford is at the top of both lists. No quarterback but Clausen should go in the 1st round in this draft. Then there’s: Trent Williams (as a left tackle), Jason Pierre-Paul (one year of H.S. football, two years of J.C. and one year at Division 1A), Carlos Dunlap (lazy), Terrence Cody (Andre Smith clone, can’t keep weight in check/lazy work habits), Demaryious Thomas (option offense receiver who can’t run routes, recognize a blitz, doesn’t know about being the hot receiver on a blitz, loses focus, not good hands, can’t get separation and is unfast to boot), Bruce Campbell (injury history and only 17 starts at Maryland), Taylor Mays (can’t cover, Ken Hamlin 2.0), Arrelious Benn (Hands of Stone, Braylon Edwards 2.0).

  8. Any QB who is consistently sacked in 10% of dropbacks has issues with pocket presence.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t know about that. Granted, it’s difficult to engage in this conversation without knowing how each other is defining “pocket presence”. That said, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Rorthlisberger were sacked 9.24% and 9.8% of their attempts. Would you define each of them has having poor pocket presence? Roethlisberger as an example, I would not. He may hold the ball too long and pump fake his way into sacks, but he certainly seems to be aware of the pressure around him and if he’s sacked, so be it. He appears indifferent and unfazed, but not unaware. In addition, I would take pre-season stats with a grain of salt (presuming that’s where the Whitehurst % comes from). But again, we may have different definitions. For me personally, I have to see a QB play and see how he reacts to pressure to make any declarations regarding that.

  10. SharkHawk says:

    Matt Hasselbeck has serious problems with pocket presence and we gave up a first rounder for him. Watch the guy’s play over the last two years and tell me there isn’t a serious problem.

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