Sam Bradford (And His Shoulder) Can't Save The Rams

Thad KemlageContributor IApril 17, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after a 14-13 loss against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  Bradford suffered an injury in the second quarter and did not return to the game.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sam Bradford is not the Rams' savior.

A rookie quarterback coming off a scary injury to his throwing shoulder with only a few live game snaps under his belt over two years may be a little rusty come September.

The Rams organization is in such a crisis with ownership issues and trying to keep the team in St. Louis and dumping $50 million on a quarterback with this kind of risk seems like an act of desperation. 

St. Louis are notorious for not being able to protect their quarterback.  Billy Devaney will be uneasy in his seat when 300-pound lineman come crashing down on Bradford's twice busted up shoulder in Week One. 

Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy will be waiting for Detroit and Tampa Bay to call their names next.  The Rams must be embarrassed to take another defensive lineman in the first round.  First round picks Chris Long and Adam Carriker haven't exactly beefed up the Rams D-Line with only 11 career sacks between the two of them.

St. Louis has won a total of six games the past three seasons.  It is going to take a lot more than a quarterback to turn this team around.  However, this may be their best shot to do it.

The 2010 draft class is one of the deepest ever.  The Rams have a real opportunity to rebuild this team with this draft class alone.  Picking the right players at the right positions at the right time is crucial.  St. Louis could even trade the top pick for more draft picks to ease the rebuilding process.

Bradford doesn't seem like a risk the Rams can afford to take.  He doesn't give the same fuzzy franchise guy feeling that Peyton Manning did in the 1998 draft for the Colts.

Bradford may have looked good in workouts, but they don't prepare you for the real thing.  We'll see if Bradford's shoulder and mind will hold up against the bigger and faster players in the NFL.