Half the league picks Bradford over Clausen
Both quarterbacks chose not to throw.
And both quarterbacks chose not to run.
However, amongst NFL personnel, the choice appears to be pretty obvious.
Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen are considered by many to be the top two quarterback prospects in this year’s NFL draft. However, where most position battles seem to have various experts taking different sides (Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh vs. Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy, for example) the debate between the nation’s top two signal callers seems to be a little more obvious.
Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly recently told Tulsa World that he’s spoken with personnel from 16 NFL teams and all of them prefer Bradford over Clausen.
"On interviewing people," Casserly recently said, "it was unanimous on Bradford over Clausen."
The results of Casserly’s survey shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Bradford’s bigger, stronger and considered to be more accurate than Clausen. In addition, the former Heisman trophy winner was thought by many to have a legitimate chance to be selected No. 1 overall by the Detroit Lions last year, had he chosen to leave school for the draft.
However, one advantage Clausen may have in the coming weeks is health. Even though he’s recovering from a toe injury, many scouts and personnel executives are more concerned about Bradford’s shoulder—specifically his AC Joint, which he injured twice in 2009 resulting in season-ending surgery.
NFP draft expert Wes Bunting also has Bradford rated higher than Clausen. Here’s why:
"The biggest difference between Bradford and Clausen is in the form of mental make-up. You know you’re getting a humble, hard working kid in Bradford who is a leader that everyone seems to rally around. Clausen on the other hand has to answer questions about his ability to lead and get a group of professionals to rally around him. He comes off as brash and doesn't strike me as a real humble guy. You get the feeling his thinks he's entitled to play in the NFL."