Biography: Three-year starter who played in just three games last season and finished with 562 passing yards. Suffered a pair of shoulder injuries that required surgery to repair. All-American and All-Conference selection in 2008 when he won the Heisman Trophy after passing for 67.9%/4720/50/8. Moved into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman and set an NCAA freshman record with 36 passing touchdowns.
Positives: Talented signal caller with the ability to lead a team at the next level. Patient in the pocket, displays good awareness and a sense for what's happening on the field. Remains poised under the rush, looks away from covered targets and makes solid choices. Buys time for receivers, rolls outside the pocket and keeps his eyes down the field. Terrific leader of the offense and always in control of the situation. Throws a catchable pass, puts touch on throws when necessary, and let receivers run to the ball. Throws with accuracy and good pass placement, putting the ball were only his receiver can make the reception. Loses little throwing on the move. Throws the ball away rather than taking a sack or forcing the throw into coverage. Hits receivers over the middle in stride and gets the ball through the tight spots.
Negatives: Possesses a solid on arm yet by no means drives passes downfield. Slow going to secondary targets. Suffered a serious injury to his throwing arm.
Analysis: Expectations were high for Bradford after a terrific campaign in 2008 yet a serious injury to his shoulder during the first game of the season, which was re-injured five weeks later, prematurely ended his year. Bradford possesses the size, wherewithal, and leadership skills to be a starting signal caller at the next level yet may never be a quarterback who truly carries a franchise. He offers a great amount of upside yet must prove he's completely healthy and can rebound from the shoulder injury.
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