Chris: When the St. Louis Rams clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in January, it was widely assumed they’d select Nebraska’s 305-pound plowboy. But rather than repeating the same hypothetical story for three months, the headlines have shifted from “The Rams Will Suh,” to “The Rams Might Suh” to “The Rams Will Not Suh.” And this news has led to raucous celebrations for the teams drafting after St. Louis, as well as the teams in the Rams’ division.
Brad: The most obvious pick the Rams must make is Sam Bradford. The quarterback is the most important position on the field, even before his body guard, known as the left tackle. And the Rams could certainly use a great quarterback. Bradford has the potential to fulfill that roll, and passing up on this prolific field general would be foolish.
Chris: Bradford does follow a long list of successful NFL quarterbacks from Oklahoma, including Josh Heupel, Jason White, Rhett Bomar and Paul Thompson, one of whom is actually still on an NFL roster.
Ralphie: I think they should find the strongest quarterback they can.
Brad: Honestly, the Rams could pick anyone in the draft and be an improved team. They have so many holes to fill that it will take more than one draft to fill them all.
Ralphie: I would see what my team needs the most and then look for the best player for that position.
Brad: I’m pretty sure Joe could start for the Rams; yes, they are that bad.
Chris: It was the Rams’ offensive line that made Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger resemble survivors pulled from the wreckage after Godzilla attacks. Both were All-Pro quarterbacks who wound up modeling various NFL-licensed casts and slings. Any quarterback the Rams have will be hard to insure, so it would befuddle me if St. Louis put a talented athlete behind center right now . . . unless the Rams could convince Kobe Bryant to play quarterback.
Brad: Once Chris is able to get his mind off of how much he hates Kobe, whatever it is he just said could have more meaning to it.
Ralphie: They need a decent offense. The players need to be there the whole season and giving it their all.
Chris: The last standout Cornhusker lineman the Rams drafted was a defensive end with curly blond hair and possibly an undercover member of the Beach Boys. A school’s history of producing successful NFL players should be considered. Not that Grant Wistrom turned out to be a better selection than Sooner Martin Chase, but Wistrom did help the Rams win a Super Bowl and three Grammys.
Ralphie: We are talking about sports people.
Brad: When making a draft decision, the only consideration to make is how that player will help the team. Even if it means not drafting the supposed best player available. If the Colts had the No. 1 pick, it wouldn’t make sense to draft Bradford, seen by many as the best player, because of what they already have. The team has to come first.
Chris: Ndamukong Suh has a chance to improve the spelling abilities of every sports writer in the city in which he is drafted. He also has a chance to make the Hall of Fame . . . the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Automotive Hall of Fame, should Detroit draft him Thursday night.
Brad: They are starting the draft early this year? Huh, didn’t even notice that.
Ralphie: It doesn’t really matter to me.
Brad: Will Ralphie even be allowed to see the draft? Might be kinda late for him.