Rams drafting a quarterback with top pick?
The logic around the NFP draft room the last few weeks regarding the top of this year’s draft has been simple: defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) is the best player, but a quarterback has to go first.
Why? Because the St. Louis Rams-who hold the top spot in April’s draft-need to find their franchise signal-caller. St. Louis needs to draft a quarterback that the organization can build around in order to start making progress towards returning the team to a certain level of respectability.
Drafting Suh would drastically improve the defense-especially against the run- but how would the Rams make any progress with Marc Bulger, Kyle Boller and Keith Null at quarterback?
The answer: they wouldn’t. Quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t the best player in last year’s draft, but the Lions took him with the first pick because they needed a franchise quarterback to start the rebuilding process.
Just like the Rams do.
Which leads me to the following notes…
1. Check out NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting’s first mock draft of the season, where you will find what some would consider a “surprise” at No. 1.
2. Check out this article by Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com. In it, Kowalski mentions he spoke to “a couple of well-informed folks from St. Louis last week” who essentially told Kowalski that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford could go No. 1 overall if he can prove his injured right shoulder is OK.
Bottom line: We have over three months to debate which players will be drafted where.
That’s what makes this time of the year so much fun.
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