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After selecting their franchise quarterback in the first round, the Rams decided to protect their $86 million investment by drafting offensive tackle Rodger Saffold in the second round. Saffold was regarded by many as a first-round talent, but was passed over at the end of the first round by teams looking to fill other needs.
St. Louis was jubilant as it immediately entrenched him as its left tackle of the immediate future. During his rookie season, Saffold's play caught the attention of the masses. He only allowed three quarterback sacks, 10 quarterback hits and 27 quarterback hurries.
Yet his sophomore season was much like Bradford's. It was marred by injury and disappointing performances. In just nine games, No. 76 allowed 11 quarterback sacks and 32 quarterback pressures.
His third NFL season was more of the same in terms of playing time. He appeared in just 10 games, but the time off early in the season seemingly helped him regain his 2010 form. After missing six games between Weeks 3-9, Saffold finished the remaining eight games with strength.
Opposing defensive ends managed one sack and four hits on Bradford during that late-season stretch.
Despite signing Jake Long during free agency, there's no question Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead will find room for Saffold on the Rams' offensive line.