Rams Should Trade No. 1 Pick, Not Select Bradford

Luke TaylorCorrespondent IIApril 21, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Keith Null #9 of the St. Louis Rams is sacked by defensive end Calais Campbell #93 of the Arizona Cardinals on December 27, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow night, the world expects the Saint Louis Rams to use the first pick of the NFL draft to select Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford.

However, the Rams should not do this. They shouldn't draft Suh or McCoy instead. They should look to trade the first pick of the draft, and rebuild their team using the depth of the draft class.

This has nothing to do with Sam Bradford's ability. He will be a top quarterback in the NFL, if he doesn't eventual become the top quarterback. Bradford will succeed wherever he is, but the Rams shouldn't just look to select one player. They should maximize the opportunity, and use it to select a number of players.

Bradford is the expected No. 1 pick. The Cleveland Browns are on the look out for a QB. They own the seventh pick of the draft, as well as three third-round picks. The Denver Broncos are set to draft a QB. They own the 11th pick, and two second-rounders. The San Francisco 49ers might consider a quarterback. They own two first round picks. The Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and Jacksonville Jaguars are all in the market for a quarterback.

By trading down, St. Louis can secure starters in more than one position of need. Denver, San Francisco and Cleveland would be the ideal trading partners. The former and latter of those three look to be the most likely targets.

A trade with Cleveland would likely give them two or three extra picks in the third round. A trade with Denver would probably see them take both the Broncos' second rounders. These picks can immediately be turned into starters to build around for the next few years.

The Rams need players in practically every position but running back. Signing a quarterback is a necessity, but why take Bradford when the alternative sees you bolster your squad with up to six immediate starters?

Furthermore, Marc Bulger took a lot of sacks last year. A hell of a lot of sacks. How will Bradford stand up under that sort of physical abuse following his injury last year? How will he improve as a player if he is on his back every play before he even gets the ball away? How will he be able to complete a pass if he has no wide receivers to aim for?

The Rams can do so much by trading that first pick. They could sure up their secondary with Eric Berry or Earl Thomas. They could improve their offensive line with Trent Williams, Brian Bulaga, or perhaps even Russell Okung. They could use second-round picks on Colt McCoy, giving them their quarterback, or wide receivers such as Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas, or Arrelious Benn.

They could select any number of the top defensive tackles or outside linebackers in the draft. They could sign a new top tight end. They could even use the extra picks to trade for some top experienced players across the NFL.

The number of options available to the Rams following a trade would be so great, they would improve their team by a massive standard.

Selecting Bradford might be the thing to do if St. Louis were comfortable in several other positions, but it's just not the case. They need players in as many positions as possible, and the options available in this year's draft are phenomenal. They cannot, and should not, be ignored by St Louis.

This year's draft class is deeper than most. The Rams should do the sensible thing, and trade the No. 1 pick. It would really pay dividends in the near future.

Trading the first pick of the draft would be the first step back on the long road to recovery for St. Louis. The Rams must make the most of their opportunity.