Most #1 overall picks come into the league with a ton of anticipation and excitement from the fans of their respective team. I never felt anything good about Sam Bradford personally coming out of college. Not saying the tools aren’t there, and his athleticism and build is exactly what scouts and coaches want in a Franchise Q.B.
So what has been the issue with the Rams, and more particular Bradford. Injuries to main receivers (Amendola, & Danario Alexander) and an unimpressive offensive line are mainly to blame. Two of the past 3 seasons Bradford’s completion percentage ranks 20th among starting Quarterbacks, while he is also being sacked less times than players like Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, and Jay Cutler. So to be a first overall pick and earning the cash that he is I feel it is easy to say he has been nothing but a disappointment for fans and the Rams staff just the same. Football is just around the corner and I feel the Rams will have a much better team around him this year than he has had in years past. So up the pressure even more for the now 3 year veteran after the Rams added pieces such as Tavon Austin to go along with Quick, and Givens in the receiving core, and much improved protection on the line adding Jake Long at Left Tackle, and Jared Cook at TE who is reported to already have built a great relationship with Bradford. With a solid Defense, good Head Coach, and a #1 overall QB the idea should automatically be a division championship and much much more, but in the stingy NFC West with a good Seahawks, and 49’ers team already picked to make another Superbowl run what takes the rams over the cusp? Bradford is that bet. Will it happen, my gut says no. This is not because the pieces are not in place, just the fact that Bradford has performed no better than a middle tier QB since coming into the league. He has a lot to prove in my eyes, along with other locals of the great sports city of St. Louis.
Bradford is under his huge contract through the 2015 season, the next three years could show us all that it was the right move to take him 1st overall in 2010, or Bust. I’d bank on the latter.