With the first overall selection in the 2010 NFL rookie draft the Ram’s select… Sam Bradford?
Let me first say I think the correct pick should be and most likely will be Bradford but for a few reasons I think the Rams could be calling someone else come Thursday.
Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Cade McNown, $50 million, shoulder problems… all of these things are going to be running through the Ram’s war room come selection time.
For every Peyton Manning there are two or three Couches. It has been announced officially that Bradford will not sign a contract prior to being selected. This is usually not a good sign for the franchises. It is also being reported that Bradford will command in the $50 million guaranteed range. That is big time money to sink into a player that is unproven. I know that the Lions put $42 million into Stafford last year but he didn’t have as many injury question marks as Bradford does.
The injury history is a major concern in my opinion. You can tell me till your blue in the face that his pro day showed he could play but I am not buying it. What he proved is that he can throw the ball in shorts and a tee shirt with no pass rush. He played less than an entire game in the college season and there is no way to know how the shoulder will really hold up. Dr. James Andrews says it’s all good but he isn’t the one getting hit by 300+ pound linemen. The worse thing that could happen is they pay Bradford he goes out there drops back to pass and boom AC joint issues all over again.
Normally there are not numerous top talents to select, this year is different. Ndamukong Suh and Eric Berry are wildly proclaimed to be the top talents in the draft. A strong case could be made for the Ram’s to select Suh and even make Berry the top pick. They could also be secured with a contract prior to the draft ensuring there will be no holdouts.
A holdout could be deadly for the Rams. Jamarcus Russell, Michael Crabtree, and Philip Rivers all held out. While Rivers developed into a good player, his progression was set back a year or two… while people forget this because of Drew Brees’ and LaDainian Tomlinson’s play. Russell has never got in a groove and seems to be a bust and Crabtree was also set back since he was unable to be with the team. He has come on strong.
The quarterback position is a whole different game. If a holdout lasts into training camp you can kiss the first half of the season goodbye for a young quarterback. It is also likely that it will take Bradford or any young quarterback a year or two to learn to be an NFL quarterback so getting the experience early is important.
Again I think Bradford is the right pick, but fear on draft day could cause the Rams to go elsewhere. Do you think the fear of not being able to sign Bradford in a timely manner will cause the Rams to go elsewhere come draft day? In a few short days we will know.