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Holmgren attends Bradford workout

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 29, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren was among those who attended Monday's workout of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford on the Norman, Okla. campus, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Bradford went 13 for 13 in warmups, then completed all but one of 50 passes, which may have solidified his status as the No. 1 pick in the April 22-24 NFL draft. The St. Louis Rams hold the first pick.

NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, a former Dallas Cowboys personnel man, deemed Bradford's workout the best he'd seen by a quarterback prospect since Troy Aikman. The 2008 Heisman winner, Bradford underwent right shoulder surgery last October after playing just 1 1/2 games.

''Most people were here knowing what kind of a player he was,'' Holmgren said on NFL Network's ''Path to the Draft.'' ''But we wanted to see him in person, particularly after his injury.

''He had a great workout. I’m not surprised. That’s how he plays the game. That’s how he looks on the field. I thought he had a real solid, good workout -- very accurate. I don’t think anyone is going to change their mind as a result of the workout. (His arm strength) is more than good enough.''

While Bradford varied his types of throws, Holmgren said he would have liked to have seen more.

''At these workouts, the quarterbacks have a tendency to be a little careful,'' Holmgren told NFL Network. ''They’re not letting it loose. If I were running the workout, I would say, 'Hey, cut loose.' As the workout went along, you got to see his power, and he certainly has enough.''

After releasing Derek Anderson and trading Brady Quinn to Denver, the Browns signed 35-year-old free agent quarterback Jake Delhomme, who had been cut by Carolina, and traded for Seattle backup Seneca Wallace. But they hold the seventh pick in the first round and 12 selections and seem likely to draft another quarterback.

Asked if the Browns were still in the market, Holmgren told NFL Network, ''Oh yeah. We’re always going to be looking. We signed Jake Delhomme and are very happy about that, and we have Seneca Wallace. So we’re solid at quarterback. But I think we have to continue to look for the guy who’s going to be the Browns’ quarterback of the future. We’re going to do our due diligence, and you’re going to see me at a lot more of these things.''

Also attending Bradford's workout were coaches Pete Carroll of Seattle and Mike Singletary of San Francisco. According to WKYC-TV Channel 3, Browns coach Eric Mangini was among those who accompanied Holmgren.

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