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    Bradford works out for Rams ..

    BY JIM THOMAS jthomas@post-dispatch.com
    04/17/2010

    NORMAN, OKLA. — Finally, it's a wrap for Sam Bradford. What has been a long, grueling pre-draft process is over for the Oklahoma quarterback. He made his last throw as a non-NFL player early Friday afternoon at his private workout for the Rams, then had lunch with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and quarterbacks coach Dick Curl.

    Now, there's nothing left to do but hear his name called first Thursday in the NFL draft.

    "This is it," Bradford said at the end of his workout at the University of Oklahoma's indoor training facility.

    Bradford said he'll hang out in Norman most of this weekend, checking out the Sooners' spring football game today. Then it's off to New York for pre-draft interviews and marketing appearances leading up to Thursday.

    "Mentally it's kind of been a roller coaster, and it's been a bit wearing," Bradford said. "There's been a lot of different stages I've gone through. When it first happened with the injury, it was just the whole uncertainty of if I'm ever going to be able to throw again."

    Then came shoulder surgery, months of rehab and the gradual process of building up arm strength.

    "And then it's like how long is it going to take till I get back to my old self?" Bradford said. "After that happens, it's, 'OK, now when are people going to believe that?' And once they believe it, or see it, what are they going to think? Am I going to get back to the (draft) status I once was? Or am I going to drop?"

    Bradford has proven everything he needed to prove about his throwing arm. Some observers, venerable draft guru Gil Brandt among them, feel Bradford has come back from surgery with even greater arm strength. Bradford himself thinks that might be the case, partly because of the extra weight he's added — he's carrying 236 pounds — and partly because of the extra strength he's gained through extensive weight training since the surgery.

    To summarize. ...

    "I feel like I'm back," Bradford said. "And now, it's gonna happen how it needs to happen. It's out of my hands at this point."

    There seems to be little doubt that Bradford will be taken first in the draft — if not by the Rams, then by somebody trading up for him. He has spent a lot of time with the Rams lately, from OU's pro day on March 29, to a Rams Park visit earlier this week, to Friday's private workout.

    Asked about the possibility of playing in St. Louis, Bradford said: "I think it'd be a great opportunity. I don't want to get ahead of myself. I try not to picture things just because sometimes if you have your mind set to go somewhere, play somewhere, and then it doesn't happen, you've got to regroup in a pretty short amount of time.

    "So, I'm not really trying to get my mind set on anything. I know that I really enjoyed my time there. And if St. Louis decides to pick me, I'd be extremely excited for that opportunity, and I think it's gonna to be a good thing."

    Besides, his agent Tom Condon — who attended Friday's workout — can show him the town.

    "I know. I know," Bradford laughed. "Tom lives in St. Louis, so it'll be good. I'll hit him up for some free dinners."

    Bradford got the first of what could be many free dinners in St. Louis on Tuesday. He was among about two dozen draft prospects visiting Rams Park last week. Bradford dined in style with the rest of the visiting offensive players in the plush second-floor suite of late owner Georgia Frontiere at Rams Park.

    "It was really nice," Bradford said. "I was like, 'Golly, you guys come up here every day?' And they were like, 'No, this is like a one-time-a-year deal.' "

    And they weren't eating cold cuts; Ruth's Chris did the catering. Among the dinner "guests" were fellow quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame and Colt McCoy of Texas. How did the QB rivals get along? Did they argue over desert? Throw dinner rolls at each other?

    "No," Bradford chuckled. "Those guys are all good guys. Me and Colt, we talk. We're friends. I haven't been around Jimmy a lot, but the times I've been around him, he's been a good guy. It was fun being there with everyone."

    Bradford said he got good vibes overall from his visit.

    "It's the first time I had been around their entire staff," Bradford said. "I got to meet some of the players. I thought they had great facilities. It seemed like they had a great group of guys in the locker room, too, and I really enjoyed my time visiting with the staff. They all seemed to be quality guys. And they all seemed like they're ready to win football games."

    And even though the Rams are several years removed from their glory days, Bradford also said he's intrigued by the opportunity to add to the legacy of the Greatest Show on Turf.

    "When I was younger, those guys were lighting it up in St. Louis," Bradford said. "It is a little bit intriguing, looking back and seeing the history of the organization, how they have had success.


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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    Interesting article. Thanks for posting. Looks like he actually doesn't MIND playing for St.Louis!

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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    Well that's good to hear he isn't another Eli "I'm so full of myself" Manning.

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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    I see absolutely nothing in his comments that suggests he would demand a trade once drafted. Also, if he did, I would hate him forever, simply because I don't believe drafted players have the right to dictate where they play their first few years.

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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    I find it interesting that Tim Tebow wasn't there. One could read anything into that decision. Laurinaitis wasn't invited to Rams park either, and the Rams wanted him very, very bad. One could argue that this was an elaborate smoke screen, or a legit insight into their intentions.

    Personally, I think the Rams only invite people they have questions about. And I would guess that they have already made a decision about Tebow, whether good or bad.

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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    Quote Originally Posted by The Optimistic Lamb View Post
    I find it interesting that Tim Tebow wasn't there. One could read anything into that decision. Laurinaitis wasn't invited to Rams park either, and the Rams wanted him very, very bad. One could argue that this was an elaborate smoke screen, or a legit insight into their intentions.

    Personally, I think the Rams only invite people they have questions about. And I would guess that they have already made a decision about Tebow, whether good or bad.
    I get the sense the Rams aren't interested in a QB after the top 3, particularly one who will most likely take the longest to develop of any of them, even if he does have great intangibles. Frankly it doesn't surprise me in the least that he wasn't invited. Tebow is a big "name", but he isn't a big prospect. He's a major work-in-progress and I doubt very much the Rams consider him. They need guys who will play within their first 3 years, not another long-term project QB. They have that in Null.

    Tebow only makes sense for us as a HB, but he has very clearly stated he wants to be a QB. Eric Crouch anyone? However, Tebow has said he'd switch to HB, but only after the QB experiment failed. I just don't see him as a fit, and outside of his intangibles, I don't see why the Rams would be interested.

    My take is they only invited the qbs they were interested in taking this draft.

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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    Quote Originally Posted by The Optimistic Lamb View Post
    I find it interesting that Tim Tebow wasn't there. One could read anything into that decision. Laurinaitis wasn't invited to Rams park either, and the Rams wanted him very, very bad. One could argue that this was an elaborate smoke screen, or a legit insight into their intentions.

    Personally, I think the Rams only invite people they have questions about. And I would guess that they have already made a decision about Tebow, whether good or bad.
    It might mean nothing at all; all these guys are being pulled in ten different directions at once so it might just be a scheduling thing.

    Not sure if Lau is a good example of a smokescreen. Did anyone think he'd be there when The Rams made their second pick? I bet there were a lot of players they liked who were projected to go between their rd 1 pick and their 2nd rounder who didn't visit. And some who did that they either knew wouldn't be there or they didn't covet-Devaney seemed to sour on Crabtree pretty early on,no? The Douva ( douchebag + diva) visited but I doubt he made the final board.

    The "what if' for those top three picks afterwards is equally fascinating to me, anyway. I wonder who they projected as their likely pick when Lau dropped into their lap ? We know they had Shonn Greene snatched from their clutches in the third,right?

    After the McNabb trade, I don't think there's any reason to fear Sam's projected reluctance to come to The Rams. Unless he hated DeSpags and/or Shurmur. He's a Midwesterner so STL makes sense and The Rams have to stack up pretty well vs The Browns as far as a recent winning tradition.Holmgren is a wild card; he's a crafty fellow & Sam may know of his QB mentor pedigree but I haven't heard a lot about Sam mixing with his staff like he has with The Rams bigwigs.

    Unless some darkhorse like The Steelers makes an uncharacteristically risky move, The Rams are as good an option as any,imo.

    And there are no Poston Bros or crazy cousins whispering greedy nothings in his ear,either....I hope...
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    Re: Bradford works out for Rams ..

    Quote Originally Posted by The Optimistic Lamb View Post
    I find it interesting that Tim Tebow wasn't there. One could read anything into that decision. Laurinaitis wasn't invited to Rams park either, and the Rams wanted him very, very bad. One could argue that this was an elaborate smoke screen, or a legit insight into their intentions.

    Personally, I think the Rams only invite people they have questions about. And I would guess that they have already made a decision about Tebow, whether good or bad.
    Hmm. The thing about JL is that after the draft, he did say that he had met with them and really liked the idea of playing for the Rams. I see what you are saying but there was something going on. They didn't not see the guy at all.


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