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Rams have to take Bradford

Posted on: March 29, 2010 6:02 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2010 6:04 pm


Best pro-day workout ever.

That's what some NFL scouts were saying after Sam Bradford threw Monday. The University of Oklahoma quarterback proved that he's over his shoulder troubles and should be the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft.

But the pro-day workout shouldn't be the reason the St. Louis Rams take him first overall.

What should be is that he's an accurate, big, strong passer who understands the passing game.

Watch his tape.

He's precision-sharp and reads the field.

If Tim Tebow could read the field half as well as Bradford does, he'd be a sure-fire first-round pick -- even in my book.

One personnel director told me Bradford is the most-accurate passer to come into the draft in the past 10 years. At the scouting combine in February, some were debating whether he should be the top pick.

I never did. There was no debate. Quarterbacks win Super Bowls. Not defensive tackles.

What Bradford did Monday was prove that his surgically repaired shoulder isn't an issue.

What he proved on the playing field is that he will be a great NFL passer. Yes, I said great.



Category: NFL
Tags: Sam Bradford

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 9:11 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

Well no one will argue that QB's don't win SuperBowls teams do, well argue it with much validity anyhow. However, I will say one thing, QB's are the single most important player on the field. They lead the huddle and read the defense. Tom Brady or Drew Brees singlehandedly cannot win a Superbowl  I agree HOWEVER not having a QB with pocket presence and the ability to read defenses will definitely cripple your franchise no matter the talent around them (ie Jamarcus Russell, Rick Mirer, Heath Shuler, just to name a few).

In conclusion, I agree with you Patsfan50 however I can also see Prisco's premise as valid but incomplete.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 8:27 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

The history of the NFL is full of examples of potentially great QBs who were added to a team's roster without the necessary supporting cast in place for them to be successful.  Many guys who could have been great QBs never got the type of playing experience that they needed to develop because they had a terrible OL up front and/or no one to throw to in the passing game.  Right now, the Rams fit that description perfectly.  If they draft Bradford he should go out for a few beers with David Carr and then think about his other options. 

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 8:01 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

I am a big sooners fan. I am also from the state of Kansas so i see alot of Rams football. I would love to see Sam get a big contract but im not so sure this is the best fit for him. I would like to see him go to a team that he can sit for a year and learn the system behind a veteran. The Rams Qb's suck and I dont think they can afford to draft Bradford and let him sit.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:49 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

im a huge defensive fan . i love the game it once was, smash mouth ... i hate all the new rules  the league has applied to make things so easy for the passing game . i dont think tom brady or peyton manning can hold the jocks of some of the old QB's who had to literally pick themselves back up off the grass . but its because of these rules that the QB's is the biggest reason why teams win superbowls .

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:38 pm

Rams have to take Bradford???

So, you're telling us he took contact on that shoulder today? Must have, or how else could there be no question that his shoulder is fully repaired? How many hits has that shoulder taken since just one put him out of the Red River game?

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:38 pm

Wow! Coming from some expert like Prisco

That means oh let me see............ nothing! Prisco is the biggest fool on the web and that is just a fact. This guy picked the Raiders to win the superbowl a few years back. 
Bradford maybe a good QB one day but that has nothing to do with Prisco saying so that is for sure. Prisco is a fool yes i said fool.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:35 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

As a native of the St. Louis area and, hence, a Rams fan, I couldn't agree with you more Hass.  Starting in 1999, Rams fans have seen some awfully good performances out of QBs that weren't expected to do much.  And, just like you said, what those teams had were really strong O-lines.  I'm strongly pulling for them to take Suh, but as a Rams fan I've become accustomed to seeing them regret draft picks so it won't surprise me one bit to see them take Bradford and subsequently watch him ruin a shoulder thanks to a horrendous offensive line.  I guess only time will tell, but I think you did a great job of summing up what many Rams fans are dreading come draft day.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:16 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

These days, QB's win super bowls.  It's a fact.  Clearly the Saints D was the reason they won the super bowl, am I right? 

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:14 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

Prisco's preening about QBs really is getting to asinine levels. Everyone is aware that QBs are the field generals and it's very hard to win with out a good one but to hear Prisco tell it QBs are the only ones on the field. Apparently they play defense, run the ball and protect themselves from being crushes by big-ass 350 lb. defensive linemen. 
Now, I have no idea if Bradford is that good but this is the same guy that every year picks a QB to be a team's "#1 OMG MUST HAVE" pick. Hell this is the guy that thought Brian Brohm was a top 5 pick. I love me some QBs but there are other players on the field.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:12 pm

Rams "have to" take Bradord?

The Rams are bad. Real bad. Nobody's going to argue that. 
The Rams also need a quarterback, another fact nobody will argue. What I would argue with is the Rams taking a quarterback when they are, indeed, this bad. While I agree that quarterbacks win Super Bowls, quarterbacks with nobody to protect them or nobody to throw to get hit. A lot. Ask David Carr.
Taking a look at recent history, we see a lot of rookie quarterbacks who have succeeded in their first years – Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger and a few more. But, what did those teams all have in common? They were ready to compete as a team before they added the quarterback to the equation. They had the lettuce, tomato, mayo and bread all laid out before they added the turkey. Three of them had not good but great defenses who won them a lot of their games with rookie quarterbacks. Ryan's Falcons had an OK defense in his first season. All of them had great running games to lean on and Ryan had the added bonus of a great weapon to throw to (Roddy White).
We've also seen a lot of rookie quarterbacks - who were very much as hyped as Bradford - come into the league and fail – Joey Harrington, David Carr, Alex Smith, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Couch, Akili Smith. Do I have to say what the teams that selected those guys had in common? Those guys were all supposed to be great, too, which is something nobody can really argue considering they were all Top 3 draft picks. They were guys the scouts loved, just like they love Bradford now. 
If the Rams do take Bradford, how is he going to be anything more than the proverbial whipping boy that Harrington and Carr were turned into with nobody to keep defensive ends off of their quarterback? Yes, Bradford was great two years ago for Oklahoma when his offensive line kept his jersey clean all game long. What happened last year when they couldn't block? 
Another thing riding on this Rams' selection is Steve Spagnolo's job. If he drafts Bradford, he's forever tied to his success or failure. If Bradford fails (whether it's because of his own talent or not), Spagnolo fails. Ask Mike Nolan. 
The Rams, and Spagnolo, would be much better off building their team from the inside out like they have been with their previous couple of selections before adding their quarterback in three years when they're (hopefully) ready to compete again. Take Suh, then devote the large majority of the rest of the draft to finding offensive linemen. Ultimately, you want your quarterback to shine under the bright lights rather than look up at them. As it stands with this current Rams team, Bradford will be doing a lot of the latter. 

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