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Bradford Goes 1st to Rams

Posted on: April 23, 2010

Bradford with Commissioner Roger Goodell

The St. Louis Rams selected Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first pick in last night’s first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Bradford was the first pick despite missing most of his junior season due to a shoulder injury. However, Bradford was able to impress the Rams enough at workouts, prior to the draft, that they still felt he was a dynamic player.  Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, is the 14th quarterback to be taken first overall in the last 24 years. Going second to the Lions was Ndamukong Suh, a defensive tackle out of Nebraska. He finished second in last season’s Heisman voting. Following Suh were two of Bradford’s teammates at Oklahoma. The Tampa Bay Bucs drafted defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the Washington Redskins drafted offensive tackle Trent Williams. Eric Berry, the safety out of Tennessee, who has drawn comparisons to Troy Polamalu, was taken 5th by the Kansas City Chiefs. There were also a few surprises late in the first round.

Tebow was not expected to be drafted ahead of Jimmy Clausen

The Denver Broncos selected Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with the 25th pick. While Tebow was an outstanding college player and won two national championships and a Heisman, his NFL potential has been questioned. Draft expert Mel Kiper has said that Tebow doesn’t have the intangibles to play quarterback in the NFL and is not a full-time quarterback. However, the Broncos thought otherwise and took Tebow. Perhaps the biggest shock of the first round was the fall of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, viewed by almost everyone as the second best quarterback in the class. He was not selected by any team in the first round and will almost certainly be one, if not the first player taken when the second round resumes on Friday night. Texas quarterback Colt Mccoy also figures to be one of the first players taken on Friday night. The Bills and Browns are rumored to be trying to work out out a trade to acquire the #33 pick.

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