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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: May 14, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2010 9:41 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

I have to disagree Haas.

I know it's not everything, but his workout won me over. Before that, I wanted the team to take Suh.

But I don't think Carr is a great example to compare him too. Carr went to a brand new franchise, where his line was either young or guys past their prime they had picked off from other teams.

This Rams line isn't nearly that bad. Barron needs to go, he has been a bust, but otherwise this line is pretty solid. Given that defenses loaded up against SJax and he still had a pretty strong season is complimentary to how the line did.

Now with Bradford back there...1. He has SJax ... 2. Will probably have an easier time gaining rapport with young corps of receivers.

They will use him more than the Jets used Sanchez, but I think that's how it will unfold, him handing off, and managing games.

Beyond an elite receiver, Spags should then focus on building up the defense.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 8:18 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

If the Rams take Bradford he will be out for the season by October.

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2010 6:14 pm

Rams have to take Bradford


You all assume that if they pass up the QB they will draft some future hall of famer

Yeah.  Thank you.  Every player in the draft is a risk. 

If you believe Suh to be a can't-miss DT and future hall-of-famer, I have two words for you... Gerard Warren.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2010 5:52 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

I agree that the Rams should go for Bradford. It seems they've already missed at OL and DL. If they miss again it should be at QB. They have pretty much the worst QB situation in the league. At the very least, Bradford will attract fans and drum up interest in the franchise. If he's healthy he should be a no brainer. That said, defense still wins championships.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 5:40 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

Again Pete Prisco inserts his foot into his mouth....! I am not saying that the St.Louis Rams would be wrong in selecting Sam Bradford with the first overall pick. I am just saying if St. Louis  does not address their horrible offensive line with "EVERY" pick they have, following selecting  Sam Bradford. The St. Louis Rams Offensive line, simply put is offensive in every sense.The Rams Prize Sam Bradford will be Broken in two by opposing defenses by mid-season; if they utilize their draft choices on selecting other need positions. The St. Louis Rams owe it to Bradford to protect him with a line that can do just that...PROTECT THE QUARTERBACK.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 5:31 pm

Captain Obvious

Every year we have the same old tired story.  Should the Texans take Vince Young, Reggie Bush or Mario Williams?  Should the Lions take Stafford or the big OT?  Should the Pittsburgh Steelers draft QB's in the first round in back to back years (taking Terry Bradshaw the year after selecting Terry Hanratty in round 1)?

I have a unique thought.  It depends a lot upon luck.  Some early QBs (Troy Aikman, John Elway, Peyton Manning) work out and some, like the ones mentioned all the time (Harrington, Mirer, Leaf, Carr) don't.  Here's the caveat.  You all assume that if they pass up the QB they will draft some future hall of famer like Lawrence Taylor.  I can assure you there have been big disappointments in the offensive line (Mandarich) defensive line (Mamula), wide receiver (Desmond Howard), cornerback, running back and even kicker (Russel Erxlavan sp).

Sure the Rams will be expected to take Bradford.  Where is the news here?

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2010 5:25 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

Patsfan: You are right in that FB is the ultimate team game.  Getting 11 guys doing the right thing on offense OR defense is like herding cats!  I'ts really hard to overstate the level of difficulty facing coaches in that regard.  That being said, I think the point of the article is that you simply CANNOT achieve a high degree of success without a great QB, or at least a very good one having a career season (Brees, maybe?)  You can beat a team by outscoring them, like San Diego used to do in the Air Coryell days, and occasionally with all-defense, no offense teams like the Ravens several years ago.  But those are exceptions to the usual rule of having strength on on both sides of the ball.  And QB is so much more than one player, he often is the guy both O and D players key off of mentally and emotionally.  So when you have the chance to get a guy that most scouts said had the best pro-day EVER, you pretty much have to have some stones to pass on him in the draft.  That's what Prisco is really saying, in my opinion, and I agree.  If they do, they may live to regret it, like the Packers did in '89 when they passed on Barry Sanders to draft Tony Mandarich, who was the biggest bust in Pro Football this side of Ryan Leaf!  Imagine the 90s Packers backfield with both Favre and Sanders???  Can you say "multiple SB wins"?  Wow! 

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2010 4:58 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

I do believe the Rams should take Bradford. We ( Rams fans) Deserve it. Suh is a great player but I think the Rams have already invested too much in that area and now need to look at the offense. AT QB! The Rams Defense was ranked last in like every recorded stat for defense. I believe they are truely better than that. The Rams D is not the Steelers D, but you can't honestly believe the Steelers would be able to play with the Rams offense. We had way too many 4 and outs last year, and so the D was bound to get tired and give up points some time. When your Defense is out on the field the majority of the game you are just giving the opponents offense time to get in its groove and run all over you. So I think the Rams D is one of the better Defenses out there because even though they only won one game, every game they came out there with the mind set that they were going to play along game and hopefully win this game with our crappy offense, and get as many turnovers as possible.

Now lets get to the offensive side of the ball. SJ is an elite back if the opponents didn't put 8 in the box every time then he would be getting alot more out of his carries. The Wr's are young and inexperienced I wouldn't be against getting a vet. Wr to teach these guys, but not someone like T.O who would teach them the wrong things. I'm thinking someone like Isaac Bruce if we could get a player resembling him a WR past his prime but great character our WR would get alot better sooner. The offensive line has definetly been better, but we haven't really seen what they can do. Jason smith got injured mid way through the season, and other injuries. I really think like the defense the O line is better than it looks, Bulger was once a good QB. I belive he has just gotten scared of  getting hit. He doesn't get rid of it as fast as he should, and I always see him watching where the defensive linemen are instead of looking for the WR down the field. Because he has been hit so much in the past, I think he now braces for the hits to come instead of making that last second throw even though your leaving your self vunrible. This is why the o line looks so bad! Just think if everyone else braced for hits like Bulger. WR wouldn't go up as high for balls, RB would be looking for their next hit instead of looking for the lane. This is football its a violent sport, and I just don't believe Bulger has what it takes after being hit so many times in recent years. That's why we should be hearing," and the Rams select Sam Bradford from the University of Oklahoma with the first pick of the 2010 NFL draft."

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 4:15 pm

Rams have to take Bradford

sick and tired of everyone going with that stupid cliche and overvaluing the qb position. enough already.

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2010 4:12 pm

Rams have to take Bradford


I say trade the number one pick
You should know better than anybody that trading the first-overall pick is tough.  There has to be somebody there that another team REALLY wants.  There is nobody remotely close to that caliber this year, including Bradford.  He's not even the best player in the draft, and nobody is going to trade into the franchise-crushing money of the first pick in order to take a DT.  Every time there is no star QB, the team picking first tries to trade the pick, and can't.  That's what happened with the Dolphins.  You know they wanted to trade the pick, but there was no partner.

Also, you refence Jake Long as being the safe pick. However, the Rams have already made the safe picks when they passed on Mark Sanchez to take OT Jason Smith and passed on Matt Ryan to take DE Chris Long and passed on Aaron Rodgers to take OT Alex Barron.  I bet right now, they'd love to have do-overs on those choices and take a gamble on the QB.

I'm not saying Bradford is safe... he's not.  Suh would be the safe pick, no question, but Suh will not save the franchise the way a QB could.  Suh is more likely to become a pro bowler than Bradford, but the impact of an elite QB is much greater than that of an elite DT.  Neither of them is a sure-fire future elite player... both have the potential to be... Suh is a safer pick, just like Barron was over Rodgers.  If I'm the Rams, I roll the dice and put my hope in the POTENTIAL of an elite QB.

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