2010 NFL Draft: Trent Dilfer Says Rams Shouldn't Take Sam Bradford; Is He Right?

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 8, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma watches drills after deciding not to participate  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Coming off one of the more dramatic NFL offseasons in recent memory, here comes the 2010 NFL Draft.

It is officially two weeks away, and there is so much buzz involving this years class, which is one of the deeper ones we have seen in quite some time.

There is uncertainty beginning in the top ten with Jimmy Clausen, Eric Berry, and others.

However, many of us are forgetting about the No. 1 overall pick in the St. Louis Rams, who everyone is penciling in Sam Bradford as their selection.

Apparently, not so fast. The Rams are reportedly working out quarterback Colt McCoy today, and will be making an appearance at Jimmy Clausen's Pro Day tomorrow.

Reports say the Rams are unsure if they would be able to get a deal done with Bradford, who is going to command more money then the Lions Matthew Stafford last season.

And now, we have former quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer, who believes Sam Bradford is not the best fit for the Rams.

"In my opinion," Dilfer said of Bradford, "he is not even close to the best player in this draft."

"Bradford is a talented guy," Dilfer said. "I understand why the perception has become what it is—because he looks good in shorts. But that is the way he has played football, too. He has played in a 7-on-7 environment, not an 11-on-11 environment."

Dilfer believes St. Louis should take defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the top selection.

To be honest, I can't disagree with the pick. In my first three mock drafts, I had Suh going to St. Louis. Keep in mind, my last one was in late February.

However, as I began preparing to make another mock draft, I am going to wait until after Friday.

The Rams have made it known that Bradford is not the top pick just yet. Not only are they visiting other quarterbacks, but have also said the release of Mark Bulger doesn't mean a quarterback will be their first selection.

Dilfer's argument about Bradford: His system was the obvious benefit of his success in Oklahoma. He will probably take the longest to develop.

Dilfer's argument about Clausen: Clausen played in a Pro-Style offense, and is the quarterback who is probably the most ready.

Dilfer's argument about McCoy: McCoy is the most likely to develop into the best quarterback in this draft.

Here are some also key points to note: Dilfer has worked out with McCoy, and has a good connection with McCoy's agent.

However, both Bradford and McCoy share the same agent.

Is Dilfer simply standing up for what seems to be an ongoing friendship?

Or does Dilfer truly feel Bradford is over-hyped and the next JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf?

After this week, many of us will have a better stance of the top 10.

This draft seems more unique than recent years, as even up to this point, the Rams are still looking at quite a few options for their top overall pick.


Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.He will be covering the NFL Draft throughout draft weekend, so stay tuned for more weekly articles.

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