Via Smart Football, here are the 4 rules for drafting a QB high in the NFL draft:
- He must be a senior, because you need time and maturity to develop into a good professional quarterback.
- He must be a graduate, because you want someone who takes his responsibilities seriously.
- He must be a three-year starter, because you need to make sure his success wasn’t ephemeral and that he has lived as “the guy” for some period of time.
- He must have at least 23 wins, because the big passing numbers must come in the context of winning games.
– Sam Bradford is not technically a senior, but he was in college for 4 academic years because he was a red-shirt in his first season at Oklahoma.
– I haven’t found anything saying that Bradford has already graduated, but he was set to graduate in 3 and a half years this winter with a degree in Finance and only on B amongst all A’s in his classes.
– If you could his injury-shortened junior season, Sam Bradford started for 3 years and was “the guy” for Oklahoma over this period of time.
– In his first two seasons, Bradford won 11 and 12 games with the Sooners. In his third year, after his first injury, he returned to the lineup to lead the Sooners over Baylor. That gives Bradford 24 wins in his career.
The Parcells theory is just another way to evaluate quarterbacks, who are nearly impossible to evaluate how well they will do in the NFL in vastly different circumstances. But, Sam Bradford passes this one just like he passed all his classes at Oklahoma.