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    Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?

    Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?
    by VanRam on Feb 9, 2010 1:56 PM CST in 2010 NFL Draft

    Here's a little more insight for the discussion of whether or not the St. Louis Rams will be looking to draft a quarterback when Christmas in April arrives.

    The issue of the Rams drafting a QB is inextricably linked to the discussion of no-so-consensus first overall pick Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions, who pick behind the Rams at our usual number two spot. This latest information comes from a post centered on the emerging meme of whether or not Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy is a better DT than Suh. Blah, blah, blah...expect lots more of that as the weeks go by. Now, let's get the grist of this post. From a post today at MLive.com, the online outlet for a consortium of Michigan newspapers:

    In talking to a couple of well-informed folks from St. Louis last week at the Super Bowl, two interesting points came up.

    The first is one that I've been talking about for awhile -- that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, once he proves his injured right shoulder is OK -- could move into that No. 1 spot. The Rams are desperate to replace Marc Bulger, who is not in the team's long-term plans.

    That shouldn't be much of a surprise. Last year, Bradford, coming off his Heisman-winning campaign, would have been considered by many the top player available in the draft, certainly the top QB. He's throwing again and is said to be ahead of schedule on rehabbing from his shoulder injury. Bradford will not participate in drills at the Combine, but he is predicted to be ready to go for Pro Day at OU, which should happen sometime in March. Ok, now, back to the Rams and why the idea of drafting a QB isn't such a far out possibility.

    The other interesting piece of information was that the Rams had considered drafting USC quarterback Mark Sanchez with the second overall pick last year. The Jets trading up to No. 5 and taking Sanchez was considered a reach so the Rams would've taken plenty of heat for taking Sanchez at No. 2 -- which is why they didn't. But after the rookie performance by Sanchez, it appears the Rams -- who took tackle Jason Smith -- made a mistake.

    Remember, the Rams had some offers to trade down; the terms just weren't acceptable enough for GM Billy Devaney to pull the trigger. Supposedly, Devaney made a 2010 first round pick a precondition of any trade at last year's draft. Regardless, we kind of already knew that the Rams were interested in and considered drafting Mark Sanchez last year, but the notion that taking some heat for using the second pick was a reason never entered into the conversation. How much of a concern was it? I'm not surprised that the issue played into their decision, but I still tend to think that ultimately the team realized just how badly they needed to address the offensive line before they invested in another QB.

    Either way, I think it's safe to assume that Devaney and his draft cadre will most certainly be seriously considering their options at QB and weighing that against the other options available to them in the draft.

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    Re: Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?

    We need Suh!!! Colt will be available in the second or somebody else. Please get Suh!!!
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    Re: Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?


    The other interesting piece of information was that the Rams had considered drafting USC quarterback Mark Sanchez with the second overall pick last year. The Jets trading up to No. 5 and taking Sanchez was considered a reach so the Rams would've taken plenty of heat for taking Sanchez at No. 2 -- which is why they didn't. But after the rookie performance by Sanchez, it appears the Rams -- who took tackle Jason Smith -- made a mistake.

    Remember, the Rams had some offers to trade down; the terms just weren't acceptable enough for GM Billy Devaney to pull the trigger. Supposedly, Devaney made a 2010 first round pick a precondition of any trade at last year's draft. Regardless, we kind of already knew that the Rams were interested in and considered drafting Mark Sanchez last year, but the notion that taking some heat for using the second pick was a reason never entered into the conversation.
    I hate this notion with a passion. This is not high school, this is Pro Football, and teams make decisions based on what they think is best for their franchise. They do not make decisions based on the presumed "heat" that the organisation would take for drafting a rookie QB higher than where he was projected to go. The bottom line is that if the Rams felt Sanchez was the right player for them, they would have selected him.

    Moreover, this article neglects the fact that Sanchez inherited an offense which was assembled almost entirely prior to his arrival. When coupled with an elite OL, one of the game's most consistent RB's and two explosive change of pace backs and a gem possession receiver in Jericho Cotchery, a rookie QB has all the tools at his disposal to have at least some success. On top of that, the Jets actively sought to acquire a #1 receiver from Cleveland, in Braylon Edwards, to give Sanchez even more opportunities to succeed.

    Had we drafted him to start in STL, he would have been playing behind God knows who at right tackle (he's a left-hander) with a cast of nobodies at WR and the notable exception to the rule, Steven Jackson, in the backfield. It would have made little sense for the Rams to select Sanchez with nobody around him to help.

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    Re: Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?

    Decent post, Bar-bq, however, for your info, M. Sanchez throws with his right arm not his left. Also, I had advocated taking him at #2 but with the intention of trading him to the highest bidder.

    Having said that it might have been too much risk for Billy's blood.

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    Re: Are the Rams moving Sam Bradford up their draft board?

    Last year we sought to win the battle in the trenches and there was no way we could get a high priced QB and Keep Bulger. And if we released Bulger last year we would have lost money. SO it did not make sense last year. However by releasing Bulger this year we save 4 mil so we dont have to deal with the money thing.

    But the last few years we have just gone for the safe picks we took Chris Long and Jason Smith 2 very safe picks that teams need. But we also need a playmaker. I think if Sam Bradford proves he is fine then we should have a huge debate over Suh vs. Bradford.

    It's very hard to win in this league without a QB. The last 3 years we've been trying to do it with a QB that is all banged up and look where it has got us 6 wins in 3 years.

    Right now i say definitely Suh is our guy but waiting till Bradford's pro day is a good idea.



    And yes there is a huge difference with Bradford vs. the 2nd round QB

    Unlike Colt McCoy Bradford can make all the throws even the deep ones and bradford's foot work and techniques are very textbook so there is no adjustment period needed for that

    Unlike Lefevour Bradford has experience under center and just has pin point accuracy


    Yes Bradford had good protection but he does have a quick release and makes great decision by the end of pre season we will see if he can make quick decisions.

    So lets wait till OU's pro day.

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