EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The season-ending knee injury to St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has raised plenty of questions about the short- and long-term impact it will have on the team.
We covered some of this ground soon after the news broke that Bradford had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but our resident draft expert Todd McShay took a deeper look at Bradford's progress this week and formed his own take on what the Rams should do at quarterback moving forward.
McShay makes the case that Bradford showed enough signs of being a good NFL quarterback in the first seven weeks for the Rams to continue building around him.
An excerpt from the piece:
"After studying Bradford’s performance and the Rams’ personnel on the tape of several of the team’s games so far this season, I feel as though a healthy Bradford is capable of being St. Louis’ franchise QB, and that the team would be better off focusing on building up the supporting cast around him on offense, including in the 2014 NFL draft, than trying to start over with a new quarterback."
There's a lot to be said for having continuity, especially at key organizational spots such as head coach, general manager and quarterback. It's a shame the Rams won't have the rest of this season to evaluate Bradford, but there were definitive signs of progress. Based on my own tape study, Bradford was playing as well as he ever had at the time of his injury. Though the numbers don't reflect it because of a key penalty and some drop issues, Bradford was having an excellent game against Carolina.
Still, with the added draft capital the Rams will have next year and the uncertainty of a quarterback returning from a serious knee injury, adding another quarterback at some point in the draft is something McShay sees as a logical move even with Bradford in place.
Another excerpt from the piece:
"While I don’t think drafting a QB in the first round is the answer for them, they could look at a third- or fourth-round option such as LSU’s Zach Mettenberger or Georgia’s Aaron Murray. Given Bradford’s injury history to this point in his career, they need to have a backup who they’re confident in, and grabbing a rookie with developmental upside could be easier than finding a serviceable veteran willing to take a backup job."
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