Apologies for the light posting this week. I'd like to say that I needed a bit of rest after the Senior Bowl/Super Bowl two weeks of insanity, but the news flow was simply slower.
But let's get right to it: I am mystified by the double-standard applied by the draftniks between Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford as it relates to the NFL.
In no particular order:
"BRADFORD WANTS TO DUCK THE SCOUTS? NO PROBLEM!"
*Tebow participates in the Senior Bowl -- the most high-profile participant ever, putting himself under the full scrutiny of the scouts (most of whom were eager to tear him down).
*Bradford is skipping all but the most benign parts of the NFL Combine (the measurements, interviews and Wonderlic), instead going for the inflated workout at his school's "Pro Day."
And not a peep from the scouts about Bradford's character or the potential that he's trying to hide something by ignoring their opportunity to perform in front of them at a neutral site.
"TIM TEBOW IS JUST A PRODUCT OF HIS OFFENSE."
*Tebow was a product of his offense; Urban Meyer's system can't produce pro QBs.
*But somehow, Bradford is a natural fit for the NFL. This, despite all evidence we have that Oklahoma QBs in the Stoops Era were ENTIRELY products of their system.
"SAM BRADFORD IS A MUCH BETTER PASSER THAN TEBOW."
*Tim Tebow's career stats, by season as a full-time starting QB:
Completion percentage: 67%, 64%, 68%
Yards-per-attempt: 9.39, 9.22, 9.22
QB Rating: 172, 172, 164
*Sam Bradford's career stats, in his two seasons as a full-time starting QB:
Completion percentage: 69%, 68%
Yards-per-attempt: 9.1, 9.7
QB Rating: 176, 180
But let's not entirely discount Bradford's abbreviated junior year in 2009, in which he had a 56 percent completion rate, 8.1 YPA and a QB rating of 134.
The point is: They are entirely comparable -- if anything, Tebow did it over roughly 50 percent more games.
"AND THEN THERE IS THE MOST OVERLOOKED FACTOR OF ALL..."
*Tim Tebow is a physical freak who could actually run between the tackles in the NFL -- not every down, but certainly occasionally -- and not break. I wouldn't worry if he got sacked.
*Sam Bradford's shoulder is literally hanging on by the physiological equivalent of a few strands of tooth floss. Does ANYONE think that Bradford could survive a direct hit from a lineman? He crumpled TWICE last season -- and that was against BYU and Texas. And the team he ends up on will, more likely than not, have a crappy O-line. Bradford is not going to have an NFL experience like he did at Oklahoma, where he was barely touched (although how can it not be a huge warning sign that in the few times he did get touched, he crumpled?). He is going to get sacked... hard.
I find it baffling that Tim Tebow's mechanics are enough for some to scuttle him all the way to the 3rd round, while Sam Bradford's tissue-paper shoulder ligaments are so little worry that a team would be willing to spend Top 10 QB money on him.
Let me make a rather bold prediction: I can't tell you how long or how successful Tim Tebow's NFL career will be, but I'll bet it is longer than Sam Bradford's.
I have nothing against Bradford. He seems like a nice guy and he was a terrific (even prolific) college QB -- when healthy. My problem is with the draftniks, who cherry-pick the things they like about Bradford and virtually ignore the glaring warning signs -- namely, that he is as much of a "system" QB as any other Oklahoma QB in the draft in the last decade, and that his shoulder cannot possibly withstand the punishment it will take week-in and week-out in the NFL.
If they're going to hold Tebow to some absurdly high standard of scrutiny, I wonder why they won't do the same thing for Bradford.
Because Bradford's mechanics are perfect? It is going to be really hard for him to display those mechanics when his arm is in a sling 14 weeks out of each season.