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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.



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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2010 8:02 am

Rams have to take Bradford

In the words of the Gameday guys....Come onnn maaannn!!   Prisco, put the kool-aid down for a second and think about your comments.  Bradford may be a telented kid and MAY have a good future, but don't dub him the next coming of Joe Montana by saying he will be a great NFL QB.  I get so sick of sports writers making over zealous proclamations before these guys ever put on a pro chin strap.  Writers said Matt Ryan would be a great QB and he may very well do that.  Writers also said Ryan Leaf would be a great QB and look how that turned out.  Let them play first...please.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 7:16 am
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 6:54 am

Rams have to take Bradford

The Rams need to take someone who 1st can protect a QB , and 2nd Someone the QB can throw to...Look how Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger both were great when protected and had a great Receiving core..Look at Dan Marino, probably in the top ten of best QB's ever, but he never won a super bowl....A.. because of an average at best O line, B....he had average receivers. Now I know someone is itching to post he never had a running back, but that again falls on the O line...any 5th round RB or later can flourish if they have a massive talented O line..when I was younger I always wanted my team to take the star RB or QB..It took me years, about 25 to realize without a strong O line you will get nowhere

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 5:30 am

Rams have to take Bradford

The Rams O-line is good at run protection, but Bulger got be around pretty good last year.  This was obvious when the score got too lopsided and there was little change for Jackson to go running if they really wanted to win the game.  So, sure, you could pick up Bradford with the first pick.  However, if they dont get a good pass protection line put together, dont start him and give him a case of pertetual happy feet.  Let Bulger take another year worth of beatings before dumping him (start Bradford the last few games of the year).

However, if that workout was as good as advertised, then there is definitely some option for stockpiling up a few picks for that choice.  The Rams have so many holes to fill, that they cannot ignore the potential to drop down in the first and add a high second round pick or maybe a second and another later round.  That option could really plug some holes in their defensive side of the ball if they wanted to go that route and it wouldn't be a bad choice either.

Since: Mar 31, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 4:33 am

Rams have to take Bradford

A really bad quarterback can hide a decent offense.  Bulger hasn't had a good game since he got paid.  Everytime a man breaks the line he goes into the fetal position.  He is scared.  You can't have a leader who is scared.  The offense isn't that bad.  They have Steven Jackson.  He couldn't get that many yards without a passing game if it weren't for a decent O-line.

The defense is not that bad either, the offense(Bulger) couldn't keep them off the field long enough to catch their breath.  You keep a defense on the field that much with bad field position, you will find holes. 

I think Bradford is the way to go.  The Rams need a quarterback, who can deliver the ball with accuracy to keep the defense off the field.  You must keep your defense fresh, maybe even scramble a little to buy your receivers some time to get open.  Look at the Saints, they moved the ball and their defese wasn't that bad after all.

Since: Mar 31, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 1:48 am

Rams have to take Bradford

I painfully remember the Tony Banks area.  We finally dump that loser then Green goes down and all hope is lost.  Warner steps in and wins the Super Bowl..what was the difference...same team, different QB  This team is bad, very bad.  We have drafted way too many difference makers on the DL that turn out marginal at doesn.t work...give us hope give us Bradford or bring back Gabriel at least it will be entertaining.

Since: Mar 31, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 12:42 am

Bradford BS

The main problem I have with this article is that it does what is done by the media every year..say a QB has to be a top pick because of obvious needs by the team...

I truely believe after a few weeks this pro day hype will pass and a few years from now maybe Terrell Pryors pro day will be the best ever, like Brady Quinns, or Mannings.

I'm sorry but I find this bonanzaa of draft hype even too satuared for tabloids.  Bradford, for all that he's done in OKC, can definitly be a top pick, maybe will be, but i'm not sold.  I am never sold on rookie QB's, especially for the price tag.  I'm from Indiana, which means I for the fext few years hopefully have the luxury of talking about other clubs, but thats not to say I'm not a Rams fan...yes there are a very few of us...(been one since Marshall left my number one team for the Rams...instantly they became number 2)

I feel that the Rams, as mismanaged as they are (bless Mrs. Frontiere...we need you now), cant handle a QB like Bradford, nor should they get him because of the glarring problem of his price tag at the first pick, and the preparation I truely believe they will mismanage (see Marc Bulger Pro Bowl MVP after Mike Marts, or Kurt Warner after slight immergance of Bulger, hell see Rams post SuperBowl 2001-Present)  The price tag amungst any other thing stands out, also the fact of those FA's, RFA's the Rams gave up (see Brady Quinn with a couple years in the league) 

Not only the price, but the big problem people have with Tebow, they should have with uderachieving often injured Bradford.  if anything, you'd think the attention would be on McCoy (i withdrew Clausen because I'm an obvious Big Ten Fan...soon to be Notre Dames home...heres to wishing)  A pro day is what ever you make it (see JaMarcus 60 million dollar Russle)

I think this year has a plethera of potential at QB, but due to the magnification that the media puts in...the one month of lies before the draft saying they've been looking extensivly at these hundreds of NFL hopefuls throughout thier careers...which is an obvious one does, no one cares too when the NFL is on

Bradford isnt a number one, the Rams shouldnt pick him...they should try a proven FA, trade that no.1 overall for more picks and less loss of money, or even hope that one of the big 4 QB's will be there in the second round, i can assure you they will be

but as the NFL yearly cycle goes, this wont be the case....this has the makings of Brady Quinn-Romeo Crannel-Spagnolou-Bradford- Thousand of Raiders Coaches-Al Davis-Jamarcus Russle...the story of over hype by people whose job it is just to make hype so a team listens and makes a silly mistake, not always the players fault, but the fault of the franchises inability to adapt to you Rams, but this wont work out for you....GO COLTS 2010 Champs
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Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2010 11:47 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

You made one of the most accurate arguments against taking Bradford I have heard. For every Troy Aikman, there are a dozen Ryan Leafs. Sometimes it works out (Peyton Manning). Most times it does not. Even in Mannings case I don't think the Colts were as bad as these Rams. Not to mention the history of the NFL is littered with middle round QB's who excel. I mean wouldn't Suh and McCoy be better than Bradford and a second round D lineman. There are QB's in this draft later down the line that can play. Players like Suh come around very little. Just looking at the list of quartebacks that you named that have had early success, none of those guys were taken number 1 overall. Prisco makes the point quarterbacks win Superbowls. No truer statement has ever been made. But that does not mean that quarterback has to be taken number 1 overall. Over recent history how many top draft pick qb's have won the Super Bowl? Peyton Manning...and? You have to go back to 1998 and John Elway. Then Troy Aikman. The common theme with most of the other winners. A good quarterback and a DOMINANT defense. Take the sure thing in Suh. Then go find your QB.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 11:10 pm

Rams have to take Bradford


You have great taste.  5 stars my friend.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2010 10:59 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

When did it become common knowledge that the best QB has to be taken first overall if the team picking needs a QB?  Maybe the Rams want to build a different direction first and get a QB later.  Teams shouldn't just blindly pick the QB if they have other needs that they want to fill first.  You don't need to get a QB with the first overall pick, there are plenty of great QBs found at other positions.  I would encourage the Rams to follow their plan; they aren't obligated to address QB right now and under some theories it may be dangerous to try now  without a team for him to lead(see Carr, Smith, and their fellow first pick flops).

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