Bradford came into the Evereat Center and put on a 63-throw clinic. He made every conceivable pass that an NFL scout, general manager or coach would want to see. He threw 10-yard hooks, he threw short seams, he flicked beautiful drag routes and touch-pass swings. He zipped deep hooks and short corners. And right when you were eager to know if he still had that NFL-caliber arm strength to air it out on deep throws, he gassed several balls across the field and left everyone who lined three sides of the practice field buzzing in awe. ... Throwing on a five-step drop with a pump fake, and simulating the needed timing to rip it into Cover-2 defensive coverage, Bradford let loose a throw near the right sideline that when it hit the receiver's hands maybe 35 yards down field, people in the end zone could hear it pop. I heard that same pop in spring training when a closer threw heat into a catcher's mitt. -- "Rams should pick Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford"The show was enough to turn Burwell, a noted banner-carrier for Ndamukong Suh, into a Bradford believer. NFL.com's Mike Mayock agrees.
Does he have a Jamarcus Russell arm? No. Few people do. Does he have a Matt Ryan arm? Yes he does. His arm is good at all the throws, he's accurate, he can drive the ball intermediate, his deep touch and accuracy is phenomenal. -- "NFL Videos: Bradford's Big Day"But the Rams have scheduled one more private workout with Bradford, for the 19th or April -- just three days before the draft -- that they will use to make their final decision. Presumably they will open the playbook just a little, and give Bradford some key assignments. They will likely scrimmage him and ask him to roll through progressions. They might even put on the red jersey and send some defenders into his face, and see how he improvises. But there's an odd quirk in the scheduling, as Bradford is also set to work out for the Washington Redskins -- Bradford's hottest pursuer aside from the Rams -- on the 14th [corrected]. The Redskins were likely as wowed as the Rams, Seahawks and Browns, all of whom had representatives in attendance. Mike Shanahan could be tempted to demand a trade up, to offer a king's ransom of picks in exchange for the #1 selection. Washington has taken a notably conservative approach to free agency this season, under the direction of new GM Bruce Allen. Allen replaced Vinny Cerrato, who negotiated the $100 million dollar deal for Albert Haynesworth. Daniel Snyder loves to make big splashy deals to show his commitment to winning, but has not had a chance to open the checkbook this offseason. Offering a massive deal to the Rams for the rights to Bradford has to be awful tempting for Snyder at this point.