Rams GM backs Bradford as team's QB

Rams GM 'made it clear the team is committed' to QB Sam Bradford

1/10/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In 2012, the St. Louis Rams had the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. With that pick, the team could have drafted eventual Rookie of the Year quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was one of the more highly touted prospects of recent history. Having drafted a signal caller in Sam Bradford with the first overall pick just two years prior, the Rams decided to shop their coveted draft pick. They eventually decided to trade the pick to the Washington Redskins, and they brought in a great haul of draft picks in return.

Blog Photo - Rams GM backs Bradford as team's QBSince making that trade, the Rams have had a record of 14-17-1, with Bradford boasting a mediocre 10-12-1 mark (18-30-1 on his career). The team has never had a record of .500 or better with Bradford at the helm, and they have now missed the playoffs in each of the past nine seasons. In addition, the Rams' offense has not ranked better than 23rd in any of Bradford's four NFL campaigns. Bradford was coming on nicely in 2013, putting up the best numbers of his career, but he tore his ACL in Week 7, sidelining him for the rest of the season. The injury was one of several significant injuries that Bradford has suffered since his days at the University of Oklahoma.

One of the picks that the Rams received from the Redskins back in 2012 is the second overall pick in this year's draft, so the Rams now find themselves in a very similar situation to the one they were in two years ago. The difference this time is that the Rams have now had two more unsuccessful years with Bradford.

With a plethora of promising quarterback prospects eligible for the draft this year, one may think that the Rams would consider doing their homework and taking the highest quarterback on their big board with the second overall pick. However, Rams general manager Les Snead has reportedly "made it clear" that the team is "committed" to Bradford as their quarterback, according to ESPN. It does make sense that the team would show some faith in Bradford after he posted a passer rating of 90.9 with a number of career highs (such as touchdown and interception percentage) in his seven 2013 starts, but the Rams may not have another chance to draft a top quarterback prospect for a while.

What Snead is instead looking to do with the pick - rather than drafting a quarterback - is trade it to a team looking to move up. The real estate at No. 2 overall will be incredibly valuable because of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is one of the most impressive prospects in recent history and will probably be available with the second pick. The Rams already have two great defensive ends, so raking in multiple draft picks would be more valuable than drafting another good defensive end.

As it appears now, the Rams will move forward with Bradford as their starting quarterback (he is under contract through 2015), while Snead will do all he can to trade down and rack up draft picks. The Rams will once again be an interesting team to watch as the draft grows closer, as several teams are likely to inquire upon what it would take to move up for the rights to draft Clowney or some other top-notch prospect.
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1/10/14   |   Scott   |   52897 respect

I can see the Rams exploring the possibility of drafting a quarterback on the 3rd day but not at the expense of Bradford.