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Last year, the Rams were the worst team in the NFL.
They had bits and pieces scattered amongst their franchise.
Steven Jackson is a talent.
O.J. Atogwe is an above average safety.
Their line was slightly above average at best.
That being said, the rest of their team was in shambles.
This year, they are one game away from going 8-8 and making the playoffs.
So what changed?—Sam Bradford entered the building after being selected number one overall.
Bradford has limited options at wide receiver. After Malcom Floyd went down, it was unclear how Bradford would do with an even weaker receiving corp.
His numbers won't blow your mind, but given the state of his offense, they are remarkable. His accuracy is among the best in the league, he has the poise of a ten-year veteran, and he has given the Rams the desire to win.
The Rams have more wins this year than they have had in their last three years combined. It's no accident that the defense has made great strides this season. Having number eight on the sideline lets everybody in the organization know that they have someone who can put them in a position to win.
The future could not be any brighter for Sam Bradford. He might go to the playoffs in his rookie year with Danny Amendola leading the team in receiving. Give Sam Bradford a weapon like Julio Jones or A.J. Green in the upcoming draft and the possibilities are endless.
The reason Bradford tops off this list is that I would feel comfortable saying he would succeed on any team in the league. The Rams were the lowest of the low and he has launched them back into relevancy.
Teams try endlessly to find the next golden arm quarterback with the number one overall pick.
The Panthers have the number one overall pick this year and though they have Jimmy Clausen, there is a good chance they will select Andrew Luck, with the hope that he can one day become what Sam Bradford is already.