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Clayton's QB rankings: Sam Bradford at 20

ESPN's senior NFL writer John Clayton unveiled his rankings of the 32 quarterbacks in the league, using three categories: elite, the "Chad Pennington division" and the "Hit or Miss division."

The usual suspects -- Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, etc. -- landed at the top of the list and sit firmly in the elite classification.

No surprise here but Rams quarterback Sam Bradford didn't qualify for the elite division, landing at No. 20 on Clayton's list. Clayton placed Bradford in the Chad Pennington division, which he described as "for the quarterbacks good enough to get their teams into the playoffs but dependent on the talent around them to win playoff games."

The Rams have made efforts to do just that with Bradford this offseason, namely bringing in tight end Jared Cook, receiver Tavon Austin and left tackle Jake Long to help bolster Bradford's supporting cast.

Here's what Clayton had to say about Bradford:

Analysis: Since coming into the NFL, Bradford has been starved for receiving talent. Not anymore. Chris Givens is developing into a playmaker. Jared Cook will add a big-play threat at tight end. Tavon Austin will be Bradford's Percy Harvin. Bradford has elite ability and could make a big jump this year.

Arrow is pointing: up

At No. 20, there are quarterbacks who Bradford could easily surpass next year with a strong 2013 season. Gambling website Bovada released its player props on Wednesday, setting the over/under for Bradford in 2013 at 3,750 passing yards, 24.5 touchdown passes and 14.5 interceptions. Those numbers are similar to what Bradford posted in 2012. Surrounded by better players on offense, the expectations are that Bradford will surpass those statistics. If he does, he'll likely trend upward in Clayton's rankings next year.