Sam Bradford eager for visit with Redskins

Coach Mike Shanahan, whose Redskins pick No. 4, says quarterback Sam Bradford has
Coach Mike Shanahan, whose Redskins pick No. 4, says quarterback Sam Bradford has "all the intangibles" to be "a longtime pro." (Sue Ogrocki/associated Press)
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By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 4, 2010

When the Washington Redskins meet with Sam Bradford this week, they'll be trying to decide just how much they like the quarterback prospect and whether they should maneuver themselves to nab him in this month's NFL Draft.

Bradford will be taking notes, too, though he already has some familiarity with Mike Shanahan's brand of football. Growing up in Oklahoma City, Bradford was surrounded by Denver Broncos fans and saw plenty of Shanahan's former team on local television.

"If you look at some of their offenses and look at the things that [John] Elway was able to do, I think it's pretty cool to think that I might have the chance to one day play in that offense," Bradford said in a telephone interview Saturday. "I think that's pretty exciting."

Bradford is scheduled to visit with Washington coaches on Tuesday at Redskins Park. Though the draft is still more than 2 1/2 weeks away, the chase for Bradford seems to have quickly focused on two teams: the St. Louis Rams, who hold the top pick, and the Redskins, who select at No. 4.

As he meets with coaches, Bradford says he's trying to keep an open mind and doesn't feel it's his place to rule out any team.

"You do form opinions on who you like and who you maybe don't like," he said. "But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you think. It matters what they think."

The Redskins are dropping few hints about their draft-day intentions, but many around the league expect Washington to chase a quarterback at some point in the draft. Bradford is rated by most draft analysts as the best of the class, which means the Redskins might have to work out a deal with the Rams to get him.

Shanahan will personally scout the draft's top quarterbacks. The team has already flown in Florida's Tim Tebow and hosted Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen on Friday and Saturday. The Redskins are also expected to bring in Texas's Colt McCoy for a visit this week.

Shanahan declined to reveal whether he believes Bradford is the draft's top quarterback, just saying, "I think he'll be a longtime pro."

"He's a good quarterback obviously. He's very accurate, quick release, very smart," Shanahan said recently. "All of the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback."

When evaluating the position, Shanahan said he's looking "for the total package. Any time you have a quarterback, you like the quarterback to have everything. Very few do."

Many scouts, coaches and analysts left the University of Oklahoma's campus in Norman last week feeling just that way about Bradford. Throwing publicly for the first time since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery last fall, Bradford impressed those in attendance at his pro day and, for many, solidified his claim to the draft's top spot.

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