Originally Posted by Snoop_Cat
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Bradford did well in passing DRILLS in a CONTROLLED environment...
The transition from spread QB to NFL QB is HUGE... see: Alex Smith
Clausen is ONE inch shorter than Bradford... oh no
Bradford put those stats up in a spread offense in a zero defense league with an offensive line that gave him years to throw. Out of the very small amount of times he got hit, he was knocked out with injury twice... injury prone/soft much?
Consensus scout opinions are often wrong as well - see: Reggie Bush
Clausen is tougher, has more grit
He was also brought up by Charlie Weis, who despite his futility as a Head Coach, is an offensive GURU
Due to his defense being a P.O.S. its extremely impressive how clutch and level headed Clausen was in bringing his team back to win/ close to catching up.. he is also more durable and has played through gameS with injuries
Finally, nearly every part of his college team SUCKed apart from Tate and Floyd, one of whom was almost always injured... his defense sucked, his line sucked, his RBs sucked... compared to Bradford's overstacked team, so you can hardly use college success as part of the grading scheme. The fact that Clausen had a 28-4 TD ratio is INSANE considering the level of his line... I doubt Bradford would've done the same in his circumstances, especially since he'd probably have been out with all the roughings he would've taken.
If Clausen falls all the way down to Minnesota, they will be guaranteed perennial contenders for a long time, while I wouldn't be surprised if Bradford is a bust/mediocre QB at best with that awful line he'll have at St. Louis
yeah there are busts at every single position through out the history of the draft...
they said the odds of a QB being select #1 overall is around 50/50 of him "making it"...
1970: Terry Bradshaw (Pittsburgh)
1971: Jim Plunkett (New England)
1975: Steve Bartkowski (Atlanta)
1983: John Elway (Baltimore)
1987: Vinny Testaverde (Tampa Bay)
1989: Troy Aikman (Dallas)
1990: Jeff George (Indianapolis)
1993: Drew Bledsoe (New England)
1998: Peyton Manning (Indianapolis)
1999: Tim Couch (Cleveland)
2001: Michael Vick (Atlanta)
2002: David Carr (Houston)
2003: Carson Palmer (Cincinnati)
2004: Eli Manning (San Diego)
2005: Alex Smith (San Francisco)
2007: JaMarcus Russell (Oakland)
^^^ those are all the QBs that were taken #1 overall in the draft....it is about 50/50 on being a legit starter
looking at the busts in that list, like Russell, and Vick, and George, I see alot of character flaws that Bradford doesn't have...
the busts without character flaws are Carr and Couch...and it is possible that Bradford could be another one of them...yes....but I think it is unlikely because he is just better than they are...lol
Clausen could go on to win 5 straight Super Bowls in the future....but as of right now no one in their right mind would take him over Sam...
no one in their right mind would even take him as he is now over Sam LAST YEAR...
I am done with this for now...only time will tell...if I am still around here in 3 years you can bet your asss I will be saying "TOLD YOU SO!"