Sooner or Later 04/22/2009Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: big twelve football, josh freeman, mark sanchez, matthew stafford, nfl draft, oklahoma football, passing leaders, quarterback, quarterback prospect, rhett bomar, sam houston state
According to all the experts, this year’s NFL draft class is short on quality quarterbacks . Matthew Stafford, 6′ 2″, 225 of Georgia will probably be the first pick in the draft. If he does not go number one, he should be gone in the top 4
picks. Mark Sanchez, 6′ 2″, 227 of USC is projected to be selected somewhere between 5th and 15th picks. The third ‘can’t miss’ quarterback in the draft is Josh Freeman, 6′ 6″, 248 from Kansas State. Freeman is slated by most experts to be selected somewhere between 10th and 25th pick. That’s it. Three first rounders then perhaps one at most between the late first round and round 4 or 5. Patrick White of West Virginia is projected to be selected in round 2 or 3.
I believe there is one more prospect out there who should be in the first two rounds. I feel if he falls to round 4 or later, as most experts project, he may just end up being the steal of the draft. Meet 6′ 2″ 225 quarterback Rhett Bomar. As a red shirt freshman in 2005, Bomar took over the starting job at the University of Oklahoma and led the Sooners to a 7-4 record and a Holiday Bowl birth, where he completed 17 of 30 pass attempts, threw for one touchdown and one interception. Bomar was named the bowl’s MVP, and his future with Oklahoma was bright. That Holiday Bowl was to be the last game for Bomar in the Sooner red.
In May, 2006, he plead guilty to a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. Soon after, Bomar and an offensive lineman were investigated and found to have received excessive pay for jobs they held at a Norman, Oklahoma car dealership. This dealership had ’employed’ many OU players from 2001 to that point. Perhaps as many as 20 or so. But it was these two players who were found to be in NCAA violation. They were quickly kicked off the Oklahoma team. Bomar’s total pay? $7,400. There is no question that the violation had occurred, but did the punishment fit the crime? In 2004, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith had accepted a $500 gratuity from an OSU booster, an NCAA infraction. Smith’s penalty was a 2 game suspension. And while Bomar was sitting out a year of football in 2006 because he had to transfer after he was let go in Oklahoma, Smith was winning the Heisman Trophy in Columbus. So Bomar comes to the draft from Sam Houston State, not Oklahoma. His career statistics are impressive, having thrown for 7, 632 yards and 47 touchdowns in 31 career games played. His best year was his senior season when he threw for 3,405 yards and 27 tds.
So why is he projected so low? Experts will point to 3 things. Questionable character, inconsistency in throwing the ball and playing against lesser opponents. On the first point, sure Bomar made some mistakes as a freshman. But was
the same mistake made by all the other Oklahoma players who worked for the same dealership? We will probably never know. There is no indication of a similar lapse of judgement since that time. And if he gets the opportunity to play in the NFL he may just feel that he has something to prove. His inconsistency is credited to the fact that he has thrown 29 interceptions to go along with his 47 career td’s. Despite that fact, Bomar, in only 2 seasons at Sam Houston, set that schools career records for passing yardage (5,564) total offense (6157 yards) completions (417) and touchdowns (49 – 37 passing and 12 rushing). Sure, Sam Houston plays lesser opponents than Oklahoma. But the supporting cast is also below that at Oklahoma. Also, let us not forget that in his one season at Oklahoma he set the Sooner freshman record for passing yardage (2,118). In addition, in game 2 last season, Bomar was 26 of 46 for 340 yards, 1 td and 3 interceptions at Kansas. In the pass happy Big 12 last year, that was the 3rd highest passing yards given up by the Jayhawks all season. If he had only been suspended before his sophomore season and finished his career at Oklahoma, who knows where he would be now. Surely his draft status and price tag would be much higher.
Bomar may just end up being the quarterback steal of the draft.