April 17, 2010
I read where "sources" have told ESPN that "expected" top pick Sam Bradford and the Rams will not have a contract in place prior to the draft. They say the Rams "don't think they need" to have the player signed, and that Bradford has been "hesitant" to complete a deal anyway, and that the cost of having the NFL's No. 1 overall pick this year will be "staggering."
Based on the contracts of Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan, the last two FQAs (first quarterback drafted), Bradford will cost the Rams somewhere around $50 million guaranteed, $13 millon a season.
There always seems to be pressure on the team that drafts first to pick the "Consensus" No. 1 player, which is usually a select media's pick for top quarterback. It's not unheard of for teams to go against the consensus, though. The Houston Texans drafted Mario Williams over Reggie Bush in 2006.
Charley Casserly was subsequently crucified by the "Consensus."
The first thing I did after that happened was go to message boards to say that I thought it was a good move, and that Reggie Bush was a "third down running back."
Instantaneously, 100 people called me an idiot.
Four years later I stand on my statement, and I think the Rams need to think long and hard before they pass on whatever-his-name-is Suh. (Actually, it's Ndamukong).
Sam Bradford might be a great quarterback. I'd personally rather have Jimmy Clausen, after watching him lead crunch-time scoring drives over and over again last season in a pro style offense, while Bradford was shelved, no less. But who knows? Maybe Bradford will be a great pro quarterback.
He did have that one season two years ago where Oklahoma scored like 50 points a game and illegitimately played for the BCS championship.
I'm just saying. I know from watching him play, that almost every time Suh steps onto the field, he changes games. Pro bowlers don't break the bank. They build championships.
Until he steps onto the field and does something, Bradford's just another first-round quarterback who's got a chance to be great, and a chance to go bust.
Suh's the one it should be outrageous to pass on.