Sam Bradford is expected to be drafted No. 1 overall by St. Louis. But what if the Rams decide to go with one of the two highly touted defensive tackles (Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy)? No. 2 Detroit (Matthew Stafford) and No. 3 Tampa Bay (Josh Freeman) selected quarterbacks in the first round last season. Washington (No. 4) probably would select Bradford if he was available. If the Redskins also passed, Bradford won’t last past Seattle (No. 6) or Cleveland (No. 7).
St. LouisWhy Rams take Bradford: It will be shocking if the Rams don’t select the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner. Rams fans want Bradford, and Marc Bulger, who turns 33 next week, has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns each of the past three seasons. Why Rams don’t take Bradford: St. Louis might feel taking a franchise defensive tackle like Suh or McCoy is safer than taking a franchise quarterback coming off a shoulder injury.
WashingtonWhy Redskins take Bradford: New coach Mike Shanahan probably would salivate if Bradford dropped to No. 4 instead of trying to figure out if Jason Campbell or former Bears starter Rex Grossman can win consistently. Why Redskins don’t take Bradford: The Redskins have a horrific offensive line, making it risky to draft a quarterback coming off a shoulder injury.
SeattleWhy Seahawks take Bradford: Matt Hasselbeck, 34, is still a quality quarterback but has been plagued by injuries. Drafting Bradford as the quarterback of the future allows Hasselbeck to help Bradford ease into the job. Why Seahawks don’t take Bradford: Seattle feels it has more pressing needs and hopes Hasselbeck can stay healthy and give them a couple more productive seasons.
ClevelandWhy Browns take Bradford: New Browns general manager Mike Holmgren loves Bradford, and Holmgren is a quarterback guy. The Browns’ quarterback job is in flux now that Brady Quinn is gone and Jake Delhomme was signed. Why Browns don’t take Bradford: Signing Delhomme was a sign the Browns don’t think Bradford will be available. If Bradford is still on the board, it will be shocking if he makes it past No. 7.