Now that the Billy Devaney has selected Sam Bradford No. 1 overall, it would be very wise to get him some help. Keeping him alive and well is now the paramount mission in 2010. How best do we help young Sam?
The Rams have two areas of critical weakness that will affect Sam's health and development: The offensive line and the receiver corp. Fortunately, we are in good luck. There are two outstanding candidates in each of these areas available at the top of the second round.
On the offensive line we have USC Offensive Tackle Charles Brown. At 6-6 and 303 pounds he is ranked as the No. 34 overall talent in the draft by CBSSports.com . He is not much of a reach at No. 33. He is considered an outstanding pass protector, with experience in pro-style protection schemes. He is a better pass protector than run blocker, and is not considered a road-grater.
The other offensive line candidate is Rodger Saffold , offensive tackle from Indiana. Rodger is the No. 38 ranked talent overall by CBSSports.com. At No. 33, he's just a bit of a reach. At 6-5 and 316 pounds he is a tad shorter and a bit thicker than Charles Brown. Rodger is not as polished a pass protector as Charlie, but he is a more powerful run blocker.
At the wide receiver position, the Rams have a choice between Notre Dame's Golden Tate and Illinois' Arrelious Benn . Tate is the No. 31 ranked athlete in the draft, which makes him a value choice at No. 33. Arrelious Benn is ranked No. 50, which makes him a reach at No. 33. In all fairness, Tate is the much better candidate. I am not surprised to see CBS Sports place such a large gap between them.
In all likelihood, it will come down to Golden Tate or Charlie Brown. It is a difficult choice because the Rams need both of these young men. Given the fact that there are some good offensive linemen still on the free agency market (names like Flozell Adams and Bobby Williams) and given the fact that there are no quality receivers on the market, it seems logical to me that we will have to select Golden Tate in the second round. This decision is sweetened by the fact that Tate is a value pick at No. 33.
Sam is going to need a big play-making receiver if he has any chance of survival in this upcoming campaign. He will need a receiver who can get open quickly, and make difficult catches in traffic. Tate appears to have the right minerals for this job.
What do you think? Who should the Rams take with the No. 33 pick?