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Trent Dilfer says Sam Bradford is "not even close to the best player in the draft"

With all indications pointing to Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford being the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, not every voice is trumpeting the case for Bradford.

In a recent appearance on ESPN Radio’s St. Louis affiliate, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer gave a candid assessment of the 2008 Heisman winner:  “In my opinion, he’s not even close to the best player in this draft.”

Wow.  Trent, please elaborate.

“I think he has major, major challenges ahead of him,” Dilfer said.  “Sam Bradford is not Mark Sanchez.  He is not Matthew Stafford.  He is not Matt Ryan.  I would say he’s not even Joe Flacco.”

Dilfer explains that, in his view, Bradford hasn’t been “challenged” in the college game, and that selecting Bradford could end up being a “catastrophic” mistake for the Rams.

So who does Dilfer like?  He thinks that Jimmy Clausen is the best
prepared to make an immediate impact, but that Colt McCoy will be the
best of the bunch four years from now.  Dilfer acknowledges, however, that all three players are “projects.”

Dilfer could end up being right about Bradford; if Dilfer is, he’ll be able to say he’s one of the only ones who saw the potential problems with Bradford being the first pick.

UPDATE:  As it turns out, Dilfer is represented by David Dunn’s Athletes First firm, which also represents Colt McCoy.  We’ll leave it to others to decide whether this may have influenced Dilfer’s assessment of McCoy, Bradford, and Clausen.

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137 Responses to “Trent Dilfer says Sam Bradford is "not even close to the best player in the draft"”
  1. King Ding-A-Ling says: Apr 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    Trent is the AUTHORITY on QB talent.
    If he’s not careful, Shaun King is going to take his analyst job too.

  2. BaltimoreSports says: Apr 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    For the record Trent, Flacco is probably the best QB of the three.

  3. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Apr 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    Bradford is no Dilfer, either.

  4. 1137vine says: Apr 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    bold statement

  5. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:51 PM

    Dilfer is a far better QB that DNabb…. 1 ring

  6. chadgoy says: Apr 6, 2010 7:51 PM

    Trent Dilfer is an idiot. Period. Yea he won a superbowl, I mean the Ravens defence won a superbowl, and he’ll always be known as ‘that talentless guy that got cut after winning a superbowl.’ Stick to what you’re good at Dilfer, whatever that may be.

  7. TJ says: Apr 6, 2010 7:52 PM

    He ran a similar spread as Tebow and got knocked out for the season. Tebow at least came back from a concussion. It all comes down to timing. Is the player right for the system and does he have anyone protecting him and anyone to throw to. A qb doesn’t throw and catch the ball!

  8. BostonDParty says: Apr 6, 2010 7:52 PM

    I predict that Sam Bradford will either be the best player ever, the worst player ever, or somewhere inbetween. Now, all of you bow down to my amazing prediction skills!!

  9. Peter says: Apr 6, 2010 7:53 PM

    Since when does Dilfer know what it takes to be a good QB?

  10. monet99 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:54 PM

    Nobody cares what Dilfer thinks.

  11. polakojones says: Apr 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    And Dilfer is such a great judge of talent? What did they say about too many blows to the head and mental deficiencies as one ages?

  12. raiderrob21 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    Trent Dilbert dont know shit!
    Who are u? All u know (while with Ravens) is to not turn the ball over and let your teammates (DEFENSE!!) win the Superbowl for you. You SUCK
    you couldnt even beat out Alex Smith a bust #1 overall pick for the starting job in SF!
    I am no Sam Bradford fan, but to open your yap like that Dilbert, is moronic!

  13. jibfest says: Apr 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    Worst QB to ever win a Superbowl hands down. The Ravens defense is what gives this guy any credibility and he has limited cred to begin with.

  14. TheSleepness says: Apr 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    interesting perspective. unlike most who will dump on dilfer I respect his viewpoint and he sounds like he’s knows football when he discusses it. that said, doesn’t mean i agree with him rather it’s an interesting point; does bradford go #1 overall just because he’s a QB?

  15. DonkeyRider says: Apr 6, 2010 7:56 PM

    Apparently, Bradford doesn’t have the “Sauce” . You have to love players turned scouts!

  16. Hauschild says: Apr 6, 2010 7:56 PM

    Really, Dilfer isn’t going out on a limb when one considers how few overall #1 pick QB’s live up to the hype.
    It’s a curse to draft top 10 every year and it is probably the main reason why the same teams are picking top 10 year in and year out.
    I’d much rather draft 20-32 every year and build great depth, while subsidizing my “needs” with free agents that fit my schemes.

  17. Ryan_Mack says: Apr 6, 2010 7:56 PM

    Wow some people just shouldn’t talk.
    Trent Dilfer was never Mark Sanchez, or Matt Ryan, or Matt Stafford. And he was never close to being Joe Flacco.
    Why do they give microphones to some of the worst players in the NFL? First we have to hear from Brian Baldinger and now from Trent Dilfer?
    Yeah I know he won a SB. But the ravens offense had nothing to do with that.

  18. raiders177 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:57 PM

    I remember the cheat code for NFL Quarterback Club ’98 for “Zero Percent QB Accuarcy” was TRNTDLFR

  19. Pigskin09 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:57 PM

    Dilfer is the new douche NFL analyst for ESPN… He just about hates everyone, dogs them out, says they won’t end up being shit.. say’s they are gonna suck this year, etc. etc… well, when they end up producing, he never admits that he called them out, and he was wrong.. just another douche in a suit that used to play in the league.

  20. cadillacjosh says: Apr 6, 2010 7:58 PM

    I think Trent just looks at which QB is least like him. Whoever that is, he’s bound to be pretty decent.

  21. Floyd the Barber says: Apr 6, 2010 7:58 PM

    Hard to put much stock in the opinion of a career QB stiff like Dilfer. Who else has he pontificated about in the past so we can see his track record?

  22. swervinmervin says: Apr 6, 2010 7:58 PM

    First of all Dilfer is an idiot. HE was a bust himself. Does he acknowledge that ever? Of course not.
    And for him to say, “Bradford is not even Joe Flacco…” is a major insult to Flacco. Anyone who watches football knows that Flacco has proven to be one of the better young QBs in the league, especially when you consider the WR weapons he’s had, and the passing success that the QBs before him had (Dilfer was one of the bums, along with Grbac, and Boller).
    And please spare me the “Dilfer won a SB in Baltimore” crap. Think back to that season. Dilfer was asked to throw it like 8 times a game. JaMarcus Russell couldve won a SB as a starting QB on that team.
    Dilfer blows.

  23. this class sucks says: Apr 6, 2010 7:58 PM

    This is such a sports reporter thing: “I support this (minority view point). I believe that I am right but there is a chance that I am wrong.” He’s just making noise. Maybe he is right, who knows, but I am just saying I don’t think anyone should make anything out of this.

  24. kpweaver27 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:59 PM

    The Rams know they aren’t contending any time soon, so it might be smarter for them to select Suh, bring in Jason Campbell or another veteran starter, then potentially draft Jake Locker next year. I feel bad for Steven Jackson, who is wasting the prime of his career on a terrible team. They might end up losing him.

  25. BigEd1340 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:59 PM

    If anyone can recognize a first round flop, it would be Trent Dilfer. He looks at a former one every morning in the mirror!

  26. DoomsDayD75 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:01 PM

    Who’s Trents agent?

  27. Gary says: Apr 6, 2010 8:02 PM

    I could care less what happens to Bradford. I do know that Dilfer is a horse’s ass.

  28. Uncle Leo says: Apr 6, 2010 8:02 PM

    Dilfer may not have been a great QB, but he does have a ring, and knows more than anyone who posts here about being a QB in the NFL.
    So, for all you ignorant posters, go and dust off the rest of your predictible posts.

  29. Hansman says: Apr 6, 2010 8:04 PM

    Gee, well Trent is right though. So now what?

  30. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 8:04 PM

    Hey someone who agrees with me. I thought I was out on an island here preferring Clausen to Bradford, and not thinking either was especially great.

  31. BRONCOSMANIAC_7 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:04 PM

    “DILL”Fer Cannot Be Serious He Is The worst QB In The History Of History To Hoist The Lombardi Trophy!….WOW….Don’t Look Now But I Think The 00′ Ravens D Just All Fell Over From Laughter What A joke Stick To Your Day Job Their “DILL”Fer While You Still Have It!

  32. hsf09 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:05 PM

    Trent Dilfer is “not even the smartest “analyst” at ESPN. I wish he would get off the air and get a real job instead of his wanna-be job at ESPN of trying to analyze things. Get off the air, no one cares what you think nor should anyone take your word for anything!

  33. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:05 PM

    # Chapnasty2 says: April 6, 2010 7:51 PM
    Dilfer is a far better QB that DNabb…. 1 ring
    ___________________________________
    Leave it up to a dumb ass cowgurl fan to bring the Skins into this talk. D. McNabb is a much better QB than Romo the homo, 1 NFC Championship chump.

  34. daivos03 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:05 PM

    At least Dilfer states his actual opinion.
    For example, the talking heads that ‘analyze’ college basketball picked nothing but chalk in the final-four, which turned out completely wrong. The one number one they picked against? F’ing Duke.
    Likewise, anyone analyzing the NFL draft can’t come up with their own opinion. They all go by Todd and Mel, and whatever BS is fed to the media by the teams’ front office.
    In my opinion, Dilfer is spot on. That guy wasn’t tested in his break-out college year because he sat behind an NFL level offensive line. He’s a system quarterback who doesn’t know how to read defenses and won’t enjoy near the success playing behind the Rams woeful offensive line.
    Good for Dilfer.

  35. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre says: Apr 6, 2010 8:11 PM

    Trent Dilfer: “Think whatever you want about Trent Dilfer. But when I was playing, I was one of the best in the world.”
    - Trent Dilfer in an interview with Sean Jensen
    let’s trust him.

  36. kosarisking says: Apr 6, 2010 8:11 PM

    Where is Sean Salisbury when you need him? If Dilfer is an authority, then I am sober and rich.

  37. jackybadass says: Apr 6, 2010 8:12 PM

    trent how the hell would know! i case you forgot you sucked as a qb. you even have a pussy name!

  38. sven_ftw says: Apr 6, 2010 8:13 PM

    dilfer also thinks he’s an elite all time qb because he has a ring.

  39. Raider3:16 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:15 PM

    I would be inclined to listen to Dilfer if he was talking about lousy QBs. He knows all about that. The team that he won a SB with didn’t even want him back! lol

  40. madmike says: Apr 6, 2010 8:17 PM

    Now I’m not gonna say Dilfer is Joe Montana, not in the least, and certainly the defense was the biggest reason the Ravens have a ring, but it is too easy for people to say he rode the coattails and is a talentless hack that got cut. Because here is one fact for those of you saying that…how many superbowls di the Ravens GET TO after they cut that talentless hack? The defense stayed the same…
    Cut the guy some slack, he has a ring, and you don’t get one of those if you suck.

  41. mlason says: Apr 6, 2010 8:18 PM

    “he’s no mark sanchez.” what exactly has sanchez done to even be in the same discussion as flacco or ryan aside from ride his team’s coattails? the jury is still out on him. dilfer has to be one of the most obnoxious “expert analysts” at espn.

  42. kaakwha says: Apr 6, 2010 8:18 PM

    I am no Dilfer fan.
    But he has a TON more cred evaluating NFL QBs than the idjits on this site who pretend they know more than guys who, you know, actually played the damned game!
    This is a blog. Florio is supposed to find tidbits like this for us to read. Get over yourselves already!

  43. Bwa Ha Ha says: Apr 6, 2010 8:18 PM

    Key words……
    Won a Super Bowl

  44. JoeSixPack says: Apr 6, 2010 8:18 PM

    Who does Trent Dilfer think he is? Jim Kelley?

  45. LearningAboutCuba says: Apr 6, 2010 8:19 PM

    Who the hell is Trent Dilfer? My mailman knows more about the draft than Trent Dilfer.

  46. Renoberger says: Apr 6, 2010 8:19 PM

    Bradford is as accurate a passer I’ve seen in college. My problem with him is I have yet to see him handle pressure with any skill.

  47. BroncoBourque says: Apr 6, 2010 8:20 PM

    Though Dilfer didn’t have a great career as an NFL QB he might be better equiped to comment on QB prospects than most of you are giving him credit. The guy was a great college QB and was drafted 6th overall, he knows how hard it is to make the transition from college to the NFL. Most of the other so called draft experts either never played a down of NFL football or had careers no better than Dilfer. That doesn’t mean he is right but I also don’t think he should be dismissed so easily either.
    As for the content of his statement, Bradford will have a harder adjustment than Clausen. He played in a spread with most of his snaps coming out of the shotgun while Clausen played 3 years in a pro style offense under a proven NFL coordinator. It doesn’t mean he won’t be successful but he will have a much larger learning curve than if he had played in a pro style offense like Clausen, Ryan and Sanchez.

  48. Drafty says: Apr 6, 2010 8:21 PM

    “Dilfer could end up being right about Bradford; if Dilfer is, he’ll be able to say he’s one of the only ones who saw the potential problems with Bradford being the first pick.”
    And if he isn’t, he’ll be held accountable by absolutely no one.

  49. Cincinnasty says: Apr 6, 2010 8:22 PM

    anyone tell Dilfer that Favre was just in a Championship Game while he was in the Studio… and Favre was drafted 3 years BEFORE him… Dilfer need’s to STFU he don’t have any room to talk..

  50. Playoffs?! says: Apr 6, 2010 8:23 PM

    I always thought Bradford was overrated. OU quarterbacks don’t usually succeed in the NFL. Dilfer might be on to something…

  51. QJ1984 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:24 PM

    Damn, way to diss Flacco. Hell atleast he’s not Trent Dilfer.

  52. SDFAN says: Apr 6, 2010 8:24 PM

    You don’t need to be able to play a musical instrument to be able to tell if someone else has talent. Whether he is right or wrong, he has an opinion that is more experienced probably sounder than any of the nonsensical stuff so “eloquently” said above.

  53. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:26 PM

    Trent Dilfer obviously has never seen him play. Put it this way, he is a helluva alot better than trent dilfer was. Trust me Bradford is the real deal. I personally don’t know, nor do u , or trent dilfer or anyone else if the guy will stay healthy or not , but he sure as hell can play. They keep talking about him playing in the spread offense, but once again, they haven’t seen him play. Oklahoma runs multiple sets , so he could be in shotgun or under center. I really personally don’t understand the nfl about the spread or shotgun offense, when i am looking at Drew Brees, Tom Brady , Peyton manning ,Phillip Rivers, Ben Rothlisberger etc. running out of shotgun 85 or 95% of the time. LOL!!!

  54. Raider3:16 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:26 PM

    I would be inclined to listen to Dilfer if he was talking about lousy QBs. He knows all about that. The team that he won a SB with didn’t even want him back! lol

  55. buckifan4life says: Apr 6, 2010 8:28 PM

    Sure are a lot of Sam Bradford fans out there, I guess. Dilfer may not have been the best QB in the NFL at any point, but you know what, he has managed an NFL team from the QB position and has won a ring whether you knuckleheads (with exactly zero NFL or College snaps) like it or not. I don’t have to agree with him, but I will entertain his opinion. Maybe he’s right…

  56. LJ says: Apr 6, 2010 8:35 PM

    Trent Dilfer is probably the most bitter man on television. When he was still playing and he was interviewed I thought he would be a great guy to talk about the NFL. Turns out he is seriously one of the most bitter assholes I’ve ever listened to.

  57. Clevelander says: Apr 6, 2010 8:35 PM

    So you dismiss Jim Kelly’s comments one day as the babbling of a guy that doesn’t know what he’s talking about, then act as if Trent Dilfer is a friggin quarterback oracle? Nice consistency Florio.

  58. VASeahawk says: Apr 6, 2010 8:35 PM

    Who says you have to draft the best player in the draft @ #1. If your greatest area of need is QB and you have a QB rated 2 or 3 on the board, why take one of the other two and leave a gaping hole in you roster?
    Granted the Rams have SO many needs that any of the top 200 players will fill a need for them.

  59. Mata Leao says: Apr 6, 2010 8:36 PM

    he’s not paid to agree with everyone all the time. He has an opinion. No need to take shots at his playing skills. I mean Mike Florio has opinions. Oh right I forgot Mike Florio was the middle linebacker on that 2000 Ravens squad.

  60. SterilizeTHenry says: Apr 6, 2010 8:38 PM

    Why does it even matter what any of these analysts think anymore?
    If Trent Dilfer says Sam Bradford is gonna be a project, and Bradford goes on to make the pro bowl in his first year, what happens to Dilfer? Nothing.
    If Todd McShay says Jimmy Clausen is a 2nd Round prospect, and Clausen goes on to win 5 championships, what happens to McShay? Nothing.
    I saw a clip the other day of Mike Mayock’s reaction after Kevin Kolb was drafted by the Eagles. Not word for word, but he said something like “This is a move to the future. Kolb is a project who needs a few years to sit and learn. Look for him to be the starter when the Eagles part ways with McNabb, maybe in 2009 or 2010″.
    Nice job Mr. Mayock.
    The SAME THING should be done when these guys screw up. Make them accountable for their goofs. If Clausen wins the super bowl in a few years ESPN should replay McShay’s comments and have him explain himself and why/how he was wrong. Hell, If I screw up at my job I gotta explain myself. Why shouldn’t these guys?
    Sorry for the rant. I’m just sick of these guys getting paid all this money to do their half-assed analysis’ of these players and not being held accountable for their mistakes.

  61. DoomsDayD75 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:39 PM

    So Colt and Trent have the same agent eh, Watson? I think we’ve solved the case of “What the hell is Trent Dilfer talking about?”

  62. vbhall78 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:40 PM

    Trent who????? I guess since he does have a ring, that gives him some sort of credit… Actually, Hell I could have handed off the ball and let the defense do all the dirty work. This guy couldn’t even beat out Don Majikowski…

  63. VoxVagina says: Apr 6, 2010 8:40 PM

    Chapnasty2, you’re an idiot. Complete moron
    Dilfer, by the way, knows exactly what a good QB looks like, right? I mean he was such a great player, I can’t even imagine why people aren’t talking about him for the hall of fame! Jeez, Dilfer is such a douche. Almost every starting QB in the league is better than he ever was, yet he has some vast knowledge on how to make them all better. This guy is a moron and a complete tool and I wish ESPN had a more qualified analyst to take his job.

  64. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 8:43 PM

    Everyone comes down on Clausen for his personality, but that sort of attitude is much more conducive to success as an NFL QB than Bradford’s is. You might prefer Bradford if you were running a restaurant or managing a bank, but on the athletic field you want Clausen.

  65. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 6, 2010 8:45 PM

    Dilfer knows more than the trolls and haters. Hey guys ESPN PAYS THE MAN to analyze football. Where’s your paycheck from ESPN?
    Doesn’t mean he’s right. I think he might be on Bradford though. It jibes with what they’re saying at Move the Sticks.com, the most important characteristic in a QB is the ability to will a team to victory. By that standard McCoy is the best QB prospect.
    I want to hear more on Clausen and why he thinks JC has risen as far as he’s going to get (a similar problem with that other Charlie Weiss QB Brady Quinn)

  66. Stone says: Apr 6, 2010 8:46 PM

    Dude, that is a huge bit of information to update the post with. I read through the post and found myself agreeing completely with Dilfer; although I don’t know which QB will be the best 4 years from now and I would probably guess Claussen personally. And then I read the update and the entire quote is blown out of the water. How can I take anything he says at face value? Trent Dilfer has a conflict of interest and ESPN should either remove him entirely from their broadcasts, or remove him from providing commentary for any players, coaches, or management that utilize the same agency as him.

  67. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Apr 6, 2010 8:47 PM

    Worst QB to ever win a Superbowl hands down. The Ravens defense is what gives this guy any credibility and he has limited cred to begin with.
    —————————————————
    Rapistburger, Superbowl 40. Worst individual performance by a QB in Superbowl history.

  68. PsychoTim says: Apr 6, 2010 8:47 PM

    Why are all the comments about Dilfer’s playing career? He’s not comparing Bradford to himself, he’s comparing his to other draft prospects (and Flacco).
    Playing poorly in the NFL doesn’t make his points moot. Last time I checked, Vince Lombardi, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Joe Gibbs, etc., didn’t play one damn snap in the NFL. But if they said it, you’d be prostrating yourself to their “wisdom.”

  69. august says: Apr 6, 2010 8:49 PM

    Stan Humphries says that Sam Bradford should be taken 1st….and Bobby Hebert says he will fall…Bledsoe has been mum so far…

  70. dunphalumph says: Apr 6, 2010 8:49 PM

    I’ve been reading this site DAILY for 5 years now, but only registered to comment today because I have to say, I think you are really on to something with this conflict of interest issue involving agents.
    I hope you continue to shine the light on this potential corruption not only for the sake of the game but also because it hopefully could lead to a fixed rookie wage scale being ratified. It would not be a complete fix, but it would at least lower the stakes and hopefully the incentive for this disinformation propagation.

  71. KBEsq says: Apr 6, 2010 8:50 PM

    I can’t totally knock Dilfer for questioning the groupthink that has developed for making Bradford the overall number one pick. Bradford didn’t play in a pro style offense and struggled when he was pressured by elite competition. I could see how Suh and McCoy would be considered better overall players and more worthy of the number one pick than Bradford would be. As far as credibility goes I trust Dilfer’s opinion over that uber douche McShay.

  72. dunphalumph says: Apr 6, 2010 8:53 PM

    I’ve been reading this site DAILY for 5 years now, but only registered to comment today because I have to say, I think you are really on to something with this conflict of interest issue involving agents.
    I hope you continue to shine the light on this potential corruption not only for the sake of the game but also because it hopefully could lead to a fixed rookie wage scale being ratified. It would not be a complete fix, but it would at least lower the stakes and hopefully the incentive for this disinformation propagation.
    …. however, I must say I agree with him. I think the comparisons of McCoy to Drew Brees are lofty but spot on.

  73. Gradkowski(The Polish Pop Gun) says: Apr 6, 2010 8:54 PM

    Wait… Who is this Trent Dilfer guy? Did he play football or something?

  74. bigtrav425 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:00 PM

    i would agree he isnt lose to the best player in the draft but he IS better then Clausen by far…..McCoy..Bradford..Clausen in that order..id take 10 guys before Bradford,atleast 10 including McCoy

  75. southridge says: Apr 6, 2010 9:02 PM

    Southridge says: “Dilfer not even the best football analyst on espn”
    Predictions are about as interesting as “guaranteed” wins.
    No accountability so let’s just spew s**t at the wall and eventually something will stick.
    Not tested?!
    How bout a kid who played Big12 ball plus a national championship game.
    You’re right Trent Salsbury, Jimmy Clausen has been tested alright…in his losses against purdue, navy, and uconn.

  76. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:08 PM

    I am not going to trust someone, who has never seen the kid play

  77. BrownsTown says: Apr 6, 2010 9:09 PM

    Trent must have it on good authority that the Browns are trading up and drafting Bradford because Trent only reserves that bitterness for the team that benched him for Charlie Frye.

  78. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:09 PM

    I am not questioning what he said, i am just wondering how the hell can he form an opinion about someone whom he as never seen play?

  79. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:10 PM

    The Rams have many holes to fill. It would make more sense to draft Suh #1 and move up with their 2nd and 3rd round picks to get Colt Mccoy. That would be an A+ draft. Getting a stud offensive and defensive player.

  80. edgy1957 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:11 PM

    Uh, so what makes this former player any better than Kelly? He may not be talking to his former team(s) but he’s still expressing an opinion.
    BTW, in all the years that I’ve been watching Oklahoma football (and I’m a Trojan fan), I’ve NEVER seen a QB that I thought was NFL ready to be anything other than a backup until now. Bradford can make ALL the NFL throws, something that the other Oklahoma QBs could never do. I will say that he played against mstly creampuffs on defense BUT so did Clausen.
    P.S. Trent, who ‘challenged” Joe Flacco in FCS?

  81. palewook says: Apr 6, 2010 9:12 PM

    trent who?

  82. TheHippo says: Apr 6, 2010 9:20 PM

    Open Letter to Trent Dilfer
    Dear Trent,
    After years of not being allowed to call an audible why are you suddenly slinging it all over the place?
    Second guessing Belicheat’s playcalling in the Indy game last year was bit much after all what does that Putz know? But at least you had support, everybody likes to see the DeathStar explode but what’s the deal with Sam Bradford? He seems pretty good and unless I’m mistaken it’s not like you are a top flight talent evaluator.
    I know it’s fun to toss the bomb like Fran Tarkenton but just remember he never won a Super Bowl and you did.

  83. Cereal Blogger says: Apr 6, 2010 9:21 PM

    And he would be correct

  84. Big J says: Apr 6, 2010 9:23 PM

    Trent Dilfer? This guy acts like he won a Super bowl or something. How the hell should he know? Who is this guy anyway?

  85. SonsCompass says: Apr 6, 2010 9:27 PM

    If not for being the beneficiary of some great Bucs teams and a superbowl ring on the backs of the 2000 ravens defense, Dilfer would be a trivia question. 55 % completions, and 113tds to 129ints. Dog Killer has better numbers. Not exactly the guy I’d trust on judging top QB prospects. Anybody else tired of ex-football players using their tv gigs to help out their agents ?

  86. 12thman says: Apr 6, 2010 9:29 PM

    Trent dillweed is the same analyst, who said Brett favre was not coming back in 09. Dillweed is a bone smokin, bible thumpin douchebag, who wouldn’t know talent if he saw it.

  87. laker888 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:33 PM

    Trent Dillweed, with a brain like his, can he chew gum at the same time he’s thinking.

  88. Uncle Leo says: Apr 6, 2010 9:35 PM

    VoxVagina , vbhall78, LJ, Raider3:16, LearningAboutCuba, jackybadass and the rest of you who offer nothing on these boards.
    Considering you think that we should read your comments, please explain how you are more qualified that Dilfer on offering opinions on Dilfer.
    Yeah, I know, after you post douche, retard, gay, pussy, etc, you run out of steam.
    Let’s see if you can provide an intelligent answer. (Not that I’ll be waiting for it)

  89. purpleloki says: Apr 6, 2010 9:36 PM

    Who told Trent Dilfer what a Quarterback does? He couldn’t possibly know. He wouldn’t know what a good bagger at the A&P does.

  90. laker888 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:39 PM

    Trent Dillweed, with a brain like his, can he chew gum at the same time he’s thinking?

  91. punksnotdead says: Apr 6, 2010 9:41 PM

    He did exactly what he was supposed to do. Get a bunch of couch potato boobs all worked up, so they call in and keep the radio show entertaining.
    He just made ESPN more money by simply screwing with a bunch of mock draft nerds.

  92. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:47 PM

    There is no need for this discussion because i already no who the rams will draft, it will be sam bradford because they already no that he is good. Just like the vikings talk to stoops about adrian peterson and look how he turn out other than the fumbling.
    Trust me Bradford is very good , i don’t know if he is Danny boy marino good or Johnny boy elway good, but he is good.

  93. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:49 PM

    There is no need for this discussion because i already no who the rams will draft, it will be sam bradford because they already no that he is good. Just like the vikings talk to stoops about adrian peterson and look how he turn out other than the fumbling.
    Trust me Bradford is very good , i don’t know if he is Danny boy marino good or Johnny boy elway good, but he is good.

  94. crabman82 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:49 PM

    I always thought Bradford was overrated. OU quarterbacks don’t usually succeed in the NFL. Dilfer might be on to something…
    ————————————
    i believe troy aikman attended OU before transfering to ucla

  95. lskynard87 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:53 PM

    I think Bradford will be a solid QB, but I think McCoy has that “edge” that the Drew Brees type has… draft underdog that did it all in College, and breathes football… that kind of heart is what a QB needs, and I see it in McCoy but not as much in Bradford, though Sam has a better deep ball.

  96. Klytus says: Apr 6, 2010 10:04 PM

    Should Trent Dilfer be critiquing other players?
    GO STEELERS!

  97. Reggie'sBush says: Apr 6, 2010 10:16 PM

    madmike says:
    April 6, 2010 8:17 PM
    Now I’m not gonna say Dilfer is Joe Montana, not in the least, and certainly the defense was the biggest reason the Ravens have a ring, but it is too easy for people to say he rode the coattails and is a talentless hack that got cut. Because here is one fact for those of you saying that…how many superbowls di the Ravens GET TO after they cut that talentless hack? The defense stayed the same…
    Cut the guy some slack, he has a ring, and you don’t get one of those if you suck.
    ^^^Brad Johnson won a superbowl with Tampa, what’s your point? Jamal Lewis was in his prime so all Trent Farris Dilfer did was hand it off, but when he didnt…
    This happens: 1502 yards, 12 tds, 11 ints, 76.6 QB rating
    Legendary.

  98. BearDown85 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:16 PM

    Looks like we have a pattern with the Dilfer/Agent thing:
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2008/11/03/dilfer-destroys-dysfunctional-browns/#comment-470617
    From 2008:
    # gametime says: November 3, 2008 7:14 PM
    “You never bench a quarterback when your a bad football team”…that is backwards logic Dilfer. They have a first round pick who has shown promise in the pre-season, they have to see what he can do in a game when there is still hope in the season.
    I think Dilfer’s comments are influenced by the fact that he and Derek Anderson share the same agent (David Dunn/Athletes First).

  99. Bious says: Apr 6, 2010 10:17 PM

    Who exactly is allowed to comment on QB’s in the draft, Florio?
    Kelly can’t. Dilfer can’t. But people like you can…for no other reason other than…well, no reason
    Brilliant analysis

  100. VASeahawk says: Apr 6, 2010 10:18 PM

    HellsGrimTyrant-ESPN paid Emmit Smith too. What does that mean?

  101. The Lord says: Apr 6, 2010 10:26 PM

    I have been saying this stuff for months now. It’s all true. Sam’s line and OU was better then the line of the Rams.

  102. SFrancis1680 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:32 PM

    Trent Dilfer was a first round pick, considering how much Dilfer s#cked QB, I guess he would be something of an “expert” on being a “bust”… to watch Dilfer play, you would never think that he’d be an expert on the position, but that’s ESPN for you…between Dilfer & Sean Salsbury could they find two bigger stiffs to pass off as football analyists, …actually ESPN is loaded w/idiot analyists

  103. VoxVagina says: Apr 6, 2010 10:36 PM

    @UncleLeo
    Dilfer acts like he’s an expert on QBs and has this “knowledge” on how to be a really good QB. If he knew so much, why didn’t he put up the numbers ? I can’t take a guy seriously when he criticizes so many quarterbacks that have more skill and potential than he ever showed in his career. He comes off as a hypocrite and just talks out of his ass. That kind of attitude really bugs me. For that I think Dilfer is a douche. I never said that my opinion is more valuable or anything. I just don’t like Trent Dilfer. Get over it.

  104. Hauschild says: Apr 6, 2010 10:41 PM

    I’m curious how any particular former NFL QB’s career production has any more or less merit in his analysis of a collegiate QB prospect.
    C’mon guys, if NFL production had anything to do with prognostications of prospects, about 90% of the talking heads would be out of a job.
    Even casual NFL observers should be able to make a pedestrian deduction like this. Ya’ll should know better.

  105. disco says: Apr 6, 2010 10:45 PM

    Man, I’m glad Dilfer didn’t mention Tebow….Florio needs to sleep once in awhile; can’t be up every night making up anonymous scouts.

  106. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:49 PM

    Bious, please shout the **((&& up, what and idiot. Why don’t you tell why are why not bradford is good or bad instead of this lame kelly can’t,Dilfer can’t. Just because they played doesn’t make them an all american scout you idiot.

  107. BigBear123 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:58 PM

    UPDATE: As it turns out, Dilfer is represented by David Dunn’s Athletes First firm, which also represents Colt McCoy. We’ll leave it to others to decide whether this may have influenced Dilfer’s assessment of McCoy, Bradford, and Clausen.
    ——————–
    ESPN analyst putting a positive spin on a player he just happens to share the same agent with.
    Old news.
    Think he would have learned from Jim Kelly running his mouth.

  108. BigBear123 says: Apr 6, 2010 11:12 PM

    Returning from a serious injury seems pretty challenging.
    Returning for a senior year when NFL is calling is pretty challenging.
    At least Jim Kelly put up HoF numbers consistently, Dilfer was carried to a SB and had a short career as a starter.

  109. JohnnyLB says: Apr 6, 2010 11:23 PM

    robert ethan says:
    April 6, 2010 8:43 PM
    Everyone comes down on Clausen for his personality, but that sort of attitude is much more conducive to success as an NFL QB than Bradford’s is. You might prefer Bradford if you were running a restaurant or managing a bank, but on the athletic field you want Clausen.
    Or a scratch golfer or could have made any DIV.I basketball team.. Might as well name them all!! Check your facts there, Sugar!

  110. DZskipper says: Apr 6, 2010 11:24 PM

    Coming out of the spread with serious health concerns.
    Sounds about right to me.

  111. tonysservice says: Apr 7, 2010 12:02 AM

    Reminds me of Merril Hoge and his hatred for Vince Young…

  112. WallyWorld says: Apr 7, 2010 12:11 AM

    Just to be clear, Dilfer was not the worst superbowl QB ever. That award has been locked up by Rothleisberger.

  113. Annuvin says: Apr 7, 2010 12:13 AM

    Trent Dilfer won a ring, and was subsequently cut in the offseason immediately afterward.
    Vince Lombardi never played pro, yet coached one of the most successful dynasties in the history of the league.
    So what the hell does that say about playing experience making you an expert at evaluating talent? Absolutely nothing!
    Dilfer is no more qualified than any poster here for evaluating college talent coming into the NFL. Hell, if being an overrated QB with pathetic numbers was enough to qualify you as an expert at evaluating playing skill, why aren’t Ryan Leaf and Akili Smith commanding top money as talent scouts?

  114. tatum32 says: Apr 7, 2010 12:18 AM

    Says the WORST player to ever “win” a Super Bowl.
    Hilarious. Sam Brad, dont worry, dude.

  115. Dont Taze Me Bro says: Apr 7, 2010 12:26 AM

    Bradford was rarely pressured and when he was he looked bad. He also has durability concerns.
    Even if Bradford is good, is he the right pick? It certainly seems like there will be a much more manageable rookie wage scale in the next CBA. Wouldn’t it make sense to wait for that to draft your franchise QB at a fraction of the cost?
    Unless you are absolutely sold that Bradford is a stud, and not simply the best guy available at QB in a year when everyone says you need one, then it makes sense to draft Suh, who seems the surer bet to be an impact player.
    It just seems to me like the Rams want Bradford to keep the fans happy and because they don’t want to go DT because they recently drafted Long and Carriker. This has disaster written all over it.

  116. lvass76 says: Apr 7, 2010 1:12 AM

    Where in the world is Sean Salisbury? At least that guy was entertaining and funny. Dilweed is a joke. He says the same things all the time. On highlights, a QB makes a great throw and he says “drops an absolute dime in there”! That’s like his favorite phrase or something. That’s all he got!

  117. bronco_TD says: Apr 7, 2010 1:25 AM

    If Dilfer was all that great at scouting college players, somebody would be paying him to do just that. He isn’t and nobody is.

  118. Brohamma says: Apr 7, 2010 1:38 AM

    I think that Dilfer is correct, in regards to his opinion that Bradford “isn’t even close to the best player in the draft.”
    Look, everyone is in an uproar over Bradford’s pro day workout. GET REAL! The guy threw in an extremely limited environment and Bradford’s PR team is doing a helleva good job blowing it up. And you know what? They HAVE to. Not just because it’s their job.. but because of Bradford’s injury history and the knowledge that if teams really start to focus on it and ponder the long-term consequences of a big contract and high pick, he will drop… and bigtime.
    Bradford has had the two THROWING SHOULDER injuries and he is only going to get hit much harder in the NFL.
    Skills are one thing but DURABILITY is an enormous must in todays NFL. Bradford doesn’t have it. And to be a first overall… well, the Lambs always have been mildly retarded when it comes to the draft.

  119. SPdaGHOST says: Apr 7, 2010 3:57 AM

    Trent Dilfer is THEE dumbest football analyst I have ever seen! Please ESPN, FIRE HIM!! Save us all from retardation

  120. sguy2130 says: Apr 7, 2010 8:02 AM

    At least he didnt go for the low blow and say Bradford is not even Trent Dilfer, that would be unforgivable.

  121. Verbal Kint says: Apr 7, 2010 8:37 AM

    A lot of know-it-alls here seem to think you need to be a player of MVP caliber in order to evaluate talent. Dilfer may not have had all the talent in the world, but he’s been around enough to know what makes a great QB and what doesn’t. He may be right, he may not, but I respect his opinion.
    And for that matter, he’s not really going out on a limb saying Bradford’s not the best player in the draft. Suh, McCoy & Berry are all ranked higher on many draft boards.

  122. DaytonDave says: Apr 7, 2010 8:40 AM

    These ESPN analyst remind me Fox news, they get their talking points from their boss and go out there and get the idiots all worked up.
    Back to football. Saltman you are right about the DURABILITY thing, both Bradford and Mccoy have a big question mark about their durability and if I’m going to pay them millions of dollars I want to know if they can take a couple of hits, because the teams drafting them they are going to get hit, alot.
    To say who is going to be great and who is going to be a bust is anybody’s guess but the odds are that if you get drafted high you are going to a really bad team, Bradford’s best bet would be to get drafted by the Redskins and sit behind McNabb for a couple of years and learn, but that isn’t going to happen.

  123. finsbooyah says: Apr 7, 2010 9:12 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
    1) Clausen
    2) McCoy
    3) Bradford

  124. overkil2 says: Apr 7, 2010 9:38 AM

    “mlason says:
    April 6, 2010 8:18 PM
    “he’s no mark sanchez.” what exactly has sanchez done to even be in the same discussion as flacco or ryan aside from ride his team’s coattails? the jury is still out on him. dilfer has to be one of the most obnoxious “expert analysts” at espn.

    Totally agree with this. It wasn’t until the Jets decided to just pound the ball that they started winning. No knock on Sanchex, afterall he was a rookie QB starting his first year. He was going to have lots of bumps.

  125. Neutral Fan says: Apr 7, 2010 10:09 AM

    I like Rotoworld’s response to Dilfer’s analysis — “Dilfer tends to fall in love with players he fancies similar to himself, so it’s not a surprise that he prefers a weak-armed if winning prospect like McCoy to a passer with ideal measurables and a monster upside like Bradford. Apr. 6 – 9:59 pm et”

  126. marcduke says: Apr 7, 2010 10:34 AM

    Trent there’s a reason that other know it all “offensive genius” Brian Billick sent you packing after the Super Bowl – you’re a grade A a-hole.
    I can’t say I think any of this year’s “elite” college quarterbacks are going to be great but I’d bet on Bradford before either of the other two.

  127. Playoffs?! says: Apr 7, 2010 10:53 AM

    “Reminds me of Merril Hoge and his hatred for Vince Young…”
    Or Todd McShay’s hatred for Jimmy Clausen…lol

  128. bloodystupidjohnson says: Apr 7, 2010 11:16 AM

    The bigger question is how did Differ get a job at ESPN? It goes to show that ESPN must have no hiring requirements what so ever. Next week he will probably be working for Florio.

  129. Free_Ryan_Leaf says: Apr 7, 2010 11:41 AM

    Sean Salisbury is taking a litle time off to focus on his passion….wait for it….photography!!!

  130. edgy1957 says: Apr 7, 2010 11:50 AM

    Dont Taze Me Bro says:
    Wouldn’t it make sense to wait for that to draft your franchise QB at a fraction of the
    ************************************
    That’s how LOSER franchises make their picks and many times, they get out of the top slots so they won’t have to pay as much and then they make CHEAP bad picks instead of EXPENSIVE bad picks. A rookie wage scale as envisioned by the owners will make the rich richer as teams that make good picks will fleece the ones that make bad ones.
    I think there’s a lot of history rewriting going on this year. Let’s not forget that before this season, there was no doubt that Sam Bradford was LAST YEAR’S top pick and because he chose to stay, Sanchez left USC because this year’s crop was going to be stronger than last year’s. Given the inexperience at OL, WR and TE, sans injury, I would have expected a serious drop in his numbers BUT he would have still been the top choice and it would then come down to whether Suh or McCoy was second. Let’s also not forget that Jake Locker WAS NOT on the radar as a first round pick before this year and would have been projected as staying for a full four years because of what his game lacked (and frankly, still lacks). People see him as the top pick next year but if he’s injured or regresses or one of this year’s sophomores or juniors makes a giantic leap next year, he could be yesterday’s news.

  131. texasPHINSfan says: Apr 7, 2010 12:54 PM

    i don’t think the shared agent has anything to do with it.
    dilfer isn’t playing football anymore, why on earth would he curry favor with his agent?
    he’s an analyst now, i think he’s just calling it like he sees it. it’s easy to sit here and just say “dilfer’s an idiot/dilfer has an agenda.” but if we stop and listen to what he is saying, it actually makes sense, whether it’s true or not.
    In 4 years when we’ve analyzed these 3-4 guys play in the NFL, no one will remember this claim anyway.
    and i don’t think you had to be a good player when you played in order to be a good evaluator. show me the last draft expert or scout who was a hall of fame player….

  132. The Centurion says: Apr 7, 2010 12:56 PM

    This is like hearing Matt Millen talk football, the worst Super Bowl winning QB in history talking about good QBs. Im not sure why a slap at Joe Flacco was necessary either Flacco was better than Sanchez his rookie year and looked pretty damn good in year 2 as well. And Matthew Stafford!? Sure he might turn out pretty well but we didn’t get to see much last year, he plays for the Lions, helluva lot different than playing for the Jets these days. I can’t believe they let some of these guys talk in the mic.

  133. billLumburg says: Apr 7, 2010 2:37 PM

    Here’s a list of #1 QB picks since 1975:
    1975 Steve Bartkowski
    1983 John Elway
    1987 Vinny Testaverde
    1989 Troy Aikman
    1990 Jeff George
    1993 Drew Bledsoe
    1998 Peyton Manning
    1999 Tim Couch
    2001 Michael Vick
    2002 David Carr
    2003 Carson Palmer
    2004 Eli Manning
    2005 Alex Smith
    2009 Matthew Stafford
    4 out of 14 had a good career. Hardly seems worth $70 mill.

  134. funi says: Apr 7, 2010 3:21 PM

    Trent Dilfer works at ESPN so that means he knows everything! The world wide loser get worse by the day, they need to sign Tiki Barber next and pair him with the drama queen Erin Andrews! How long will it take him to drop his new girlfriend then?

  135. Vinchenzo says: Apr 7, 2010 4:40 PM

    It is possible that Bradford could be as good as Jamarcus Russell one day if he works really hard.

  136. 6goingon7 says: Apr 8, 2010 3:50 PM

    Trent Dilfer should take the advice Santonio Holmes gave to that “fan” on his twitter page. The league, media, and planet would be better off if Trent Dilfer chugged a drano cocktail.
    What an ass.

  137. jdsteady says: Sep 10, 2011 5:25 PM

    Well 17 months later and it looks like Dilfer didnt know WTF he was talking about. Who knew?

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