Los Angeles Rams

Who Should the St. Louis Rams Draft with the No. 33 Pick?

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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David LeonCorrespondent IApril 14, 2010

Presuming that the Rams go ahead with their current plan to select Sam Bradford, it is logical to suppose that they will get him some help with the No. 33 pick.  This help could take two forms.  The Rams could select an offensive lineman to give Sam a bit better protection. The Rams might also select a wide receiver to give Sam somebody to throw too.

As things look now, quite a few offensive linemen are scheduled to be drafted in the first round.  Excellent prospects we assumed might be available in the second round probably will not be.  Such names as Maurkice Pouncey and Charlie Brown may be called long before we get to the second round.  This is bad news for the Rams.

On the other hand, as the projections stand now, not a lot receivers are expected to be taken in the first round.  At this time, there is only one clear cut first-round receiver, and that is Dez Bryant.  Such names as Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate, Damian Williams, and Arrelious Benn may well be called in the second round.

Both the offensive line and receiver corp are critical needs for the Rams and Sam Bradford.  Part of the responsibility for sack reduction falls to the offensive line.  They must protect the quarterback, no matter how long it takes.  

Another portion falls to receiver corp.  You receivers must get open in a timely fashion, and provide the QB with open targets to hit.  The final responsibility falls to the QB.  If protection is lacking, and no one is open, he must throw the football away, and avoid the sack.  He must also learn to roll with blows and fall well (Judo style) to avoid injuries.

Presuming that there is a strong run on offensive linemen in the first round, as there seems to be every year, I think it would be better for the Rams to select the best receiver on the board than to reach for an unworthy offensive lineman.  A strong receiver will help Sam avoid sacks more than a weaker lineman.

But who do you select?  Presuming the Rams were to select Bradford, I would be strongly biased to select an offensive linemen with the No. 33, but if no worthy candidate is available, the choice must be an receiver.

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