NFL Draft 2010: Did the St Louis Rams Do the Wrong Thing Drafting Sam Bradford?
I know the NFL draft is well and gone and now everyone is looking forward to training camp. But I wanted to put this idea out there:
Did St Louis do the wrong thing by drafting Sam Bardford?
Let's take a trip back to the 2006 NFL Draft.
The Houston Texans had the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft.
However, they shocked the NFL world when, rather than taking Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion Reggie Bush or hometown hero Vince Young, the Texans selected defensive tackle Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick.
Needless to say, The Texans were the laughingstock of the League.
Yet four years on, it's now the Texans laughing at everyone else.
Whilst Reggie Bush has by no means been a draft bust, he has yet to fully live up to his potential and last season was locked in a position battle with Pierre Thomas.
Mario Williams, however, has been a revelation.
In his four years in the league, Williams has been named to the Pro Bowl twice, been an Pro Bowl alternate one year, and has racked up over 200 tackles and nearly 40 sacks.
Who should the Rams have taken at #1 overall?
Did I mention Reggie Bush has yet to go to the Pro Bowl?
In hindsight, this has been one of the best moves in the Texans' eight-year franchise history.
But what does this have to do with St Louis?
Last season the Rams were easily the worst team in the league, slumping to a miserable 1-15 record.
Yet the Rams were given some consolation by the fact they were given the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
NFL fans everywhere, whether casual or hardcore, had the Rams taking Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick, and that is just what the Rams did. Why wouldn't they?
Bradford holds the NCAA record for most touchdown passes by a freshman with 36. Bradford has also won a long list of awards, including a Heisman Trophy and a Davey O'Brien award.
Yet Bradford has gone down with a shoulder injury and despite a successful operation, his shoulder has raised concerns as to whether he will succumb to injury once again or if his shoulder will change the way the passes the football.
Also, you look at the last No. 1 quarterback picks, Alex Smith and JaMarcus Russell, who both have flopped. The writing appears to be on the wall for Bradford.
Taken at the No. 2 pick by the Detroit Lions was Ndamukong Suh.
Suh is the best defensive prospect since one Mario Williams.
Suh has also won a number of accolades, including a College Player of the Year Award and a Lomabrdi Award.
Why did the Rams take Bradford and not Suh?
Former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger had been finally given up on, despite the fact he had possibly the worst offensive line in the NFL and a terrible defense to match.
Yet Bulger's number aren't terrible—62 percent completion rate, 122 TDs thrown, and a 84.4 passer rating.
Despite this, the Rams have given up on Bulger and turned to Bradford.
Yet with the same offensive line and wide receivers, surely Bradford will do no better than Bulger.
And with a defense that gave up 27.2 points a game last year (ranked 31st in the league), it seems Bradford will have no more joy than Bulger did with the Rams.
Everybody knows defense wins championships, and with the No. 1 pick it's a mystery why the Rams didn't pick up Suh.
If anything, Suh would have tightened the defence up with his excellent skills against the run.
And with a tighter defence the Rams (even with Bulger) may have won a few more games than they will with Bradford.
Remember, neither Bradford or Suh have played a game at NFL level yet but if their College stats are anything to go by they both will experience some success in the NFL (even if it is with different teams)
By taking Suh over No. 1 pick favourite Bradford, the Rams may have had some of the success the Texans have had since making that difficult decision back in 2006.
Was drafting Bradford over Suh a mistake?
In my opinion yes, but only time will tell.
Your thoughts please.
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