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Sam Bradford would benefit if the Rams made some upgrades to their offense this offseason. (Credit: AP Photo)
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has had his fair share of struggles since making it to the NFL. Bradford had the best season of his career in 2012, his first year under head coach Jeff Fisher, but he has largely been considered a disappointment after being the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
While Bradford hasn’t exactly been amazing in his first three seasons, his supporting cast in the Rams’ offense hasn’t exactly been too great. The offensive line has been a mess, and although there are some solid players throughout the unit they haven’t been the best protectors for Bradford. The lack of a go-to receiver outside of Danny Amendola has hurt the young quarterback as well. As Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk reports, Fisher thinks adding more offensive talent could be a boon to Bradford’s future development.
“His play was directly affected by the people around him. There’s times when it’s difficult to step up in the pocket and make the good throw. That’s not the quarterback’s fault. That’s whatever’s going on out front,” Fisher said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “We’re pleased with what Sam did. He’s got an exciting future. I know he’s really excited about coming back in here in April and getting started and not having to learn another offense.”
Luckily enough for the Rams, they have two first-round picks in a draft that is plentiful in top offensive line prospects. Holding the 16th and 22nd draft picks, the Rams probably won’t have a shot at top offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. There’s a chance that sensational Alabama guard Chance Warmack will be available at 16, but the Rams will probably be focusing on tackles Lane Johnson of Oklahoma and D.J. Fluker of Alabama, as well as North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.
Bradford would also love to have some better receiving targets to throw to. Danny Amendola could be leaving as a free agent, and youngsters Chris Givens and Brian Quick will need to make big strides in 2013. California’s Keenan Allen and Tennessee’s Justin Hunter could be options in the first round. Tight ends Zach Ertz of Stanford and Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame could be worth a look in the second round as well.
Much to the delight of Bradford and Fisher, the Rams have plenty of options this offseason to continue their offensive development.
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