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Round 1, First Overall
Ask any Ram fan in the world about Sam Bradford's rookie season, and they'll go on for hours. They will tell you all about how he broke Peyton Manning's record for completions by a rookie. They'd mention that he provided hope for a franchise who'd lost all faith a couple years ago. They'd talk about how he won the Rookie of the Year award. They'd proudly sip their beverage and tell you all about how he took a 1-15 team and brought them within a game of the playoffs.
As you look on, trying to find a way out of the conversation they'd throw their arm around you, stare off into that beautiful sky, and exclaim, "3,512 yards and 15 touchdowns. That kid is taking us places!"
What they would without a doubt explain though, what they wouldn't go five minutes without explaining, the one thing in the world that we Ram fans love to brag about: He was only a rookie.
Projected 2011 Role
Expect this to be the year where Bradford starts really making his name known around the league.
A master of the spread offense in college, it really is exciting to think of what he is going to do with McDaniel's deadly spread offense. He will most likely struggle in the beginning because of the drastic adjustment from the West Coast offense to the spread, but after a few games he should really start to pick up speed.
If he can get all of his playmakers in the receiving game back (Avery, Clayton), he should have plenty of more success passing the ball. The constant threat of Steven Jackson breaking open a big run doesn't hurt him at all either.
Last year, Bradford was the savior, the beacon of hope, the future. This year, he won't be elite by any means, but Bradford will take a big step in establishing how good of a quarterback he could truly be.
Projected 2011 Stats
3,850 yards, 25 TD, 15 picks.