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Support growing for Bradford at No. 1
Posted Feb. 25 at 08:55 PM
The general consensus is that Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is the best player in this year's draft. There appears to be an increasing belief that the Rams' top pick, however, will be Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.
Both Adam Schefter and John Clayton of ESPN believe the Rams will draft Bradford; Clayton outlines his reasons in this column. It's a compelling argument, particularly given the number of high picks the Rams have used on defensive tackles in recent years, and their absolute wasteland at the quarterback position.
Bradford put up ridiculous numbers as a sophomore -- 4,720 yards, 50 TDs, just 8 interceptions -- and won the Heisman. Last fall he suffered a shoulder injury in the season opener, returned three weeks later to throw for nearly 400 yards in a win, then re-injured it a week later, ultimately opting for season-ending surgery. Bradford isn't throwing at the combine this week, but says he's fine; he'll likely throw at Oklahoma's Pro Day next month.
Should the Rams pass on Bradford, Washington is a possibility at the No. 4 spot. Mike Shanahan knows the value of having a franchise player at the quarterback position.
Lots of time between now and the draft, of course, and what happens at the combine and various Pro Days will have an impact. Still, don't be surprised if a quarterback goes No. 1 overall for the eighth time in the last 10 years.
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