2010 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Are on the Clock

Erick SpaltiCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Injured quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners cheers on his team after a touchdown while taking on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Doug Benc/Getty Images

Over the next two weeks I will go through the 2010 NFL Draft and act as the GM for each NFL team in the first round.

The Rams are on the clock.

Marc Bulger was supposed to flawlessly fill in for Kurt Warner and continue to lead the Rams to glory. That scenario never played out as Warner went on to the Super Bowl with the Cardinals.

As the Lions and Jets saw last season, nothing can energize a franchise like a new QB. The Rams need to fill seats and find a face for their franchise. After selecting both Chris Long and Jason Smith in the top five the last two seasons, neither has stepped up to be a franchise-type player.

Bradford is that franchise. If all goes well at his workout next week and he shows no side effects from his shoulder injury, Bradford will be the pick.

The Rams cannot afford another unattractive selection like a lineman. They need someone to get the fans excited. If the Jaguars weren't going to mortgage the franchise to get their hands on Tim Tebow, then the Rams might have to look at him at the top of Round Two (just kidding, by the way).

He has all the tools you need to be successful at the NFL level, yet some feel he benefited from Oklahoma's spread formations. Jimmy Clausen may be a better fit, with his experience under center in a pro-style offense. However, he has received no consideration for the pick.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Bradford has the size, the arm, and the intangibles to become an elite-level QB at the next level. If the Rams can give him time to throw, Bradford would come in and instantly improve an offense that ranked 29th in the league last season.