They absolutely, positively, without a doubt must select QB Sam Bradford. For the Rams to do anything else would be a football folly of stupendous proportions. There is no other possible scenario for St. Louis. None.
The last time the Rams franchise selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft was 46 years ago. That year the Los Angeles Rams drafted Bill Munson with the seventh selection of the 1964 Draft.
No team in the NFL has gone longer without drafting a first-round quarterback. The next longest stretch without that choice in the opening round belongs to the New Orleans Saints, going back to 1981. The Chiefs are next on that list – but more on that later.
Last year the Rams went 1-15. They had two victories the year before, and three the season beyond that. That’s a 6-42 record in the past three seasons.
The coaching staff is solid, now they must get the right players to take them to the next step.
They also added Thomas Jones and have brought back Chris Chambers, which should make the Chiefs offense under new offensive coordinator Weis an overall better unit.
They currently possess the fifth pick in the draft and should address one of a couple areas of need. There are about three or four offensive tackles that could start right from the start and make an impact. This would be great for quarterback Matt Cassel and for Jones.
There are also some safeties that may be on the radar.
For the Chiefs to make a push to win the division title they need to get more out of their defense, especially young guys Glen Dorsey and Tyson Jackson who were drafted high to make an impact.
The offense should be a much improved unit, and should help the defense out.
If the Chiefs can improve on defense they will have an opportunity to compete for the division title. Their offense currently looks like an offense that has potential to put up points and dominate the time of possession.
Record Prediction: 7-9
Sports Illustrated football writer Peter King said earlier today in his MMBQ column that he felt like Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga would be the Kansas City Chiefs’ pick at #5 come April 22nd. Remember, it was King who was one of the folks that strongly suggested the Chiefs would select Tyson Jackson last year.
Well if King turns out to be right (I don’t think he will be), the Chiefs will have a hard working o-lineman and…this disgusting picture of Bulaga as a young man in Raiders’ silver and black. Fortunately, if the Chiefs do take Bulaga at #5, he described himself in the exact opposite terms of what it means to be an Oakland Raider.
The picture above comes courtesy of an NFL.com interview with Bulaga, where the Illinois native talked himself up. Which is a pretty easy task for a talented guy like Bulaga.
“Tough. Intense. Hard working. Giving 100% effort all the time. I’m kind of a perfectionist too.”
Yeah, those are football cliches and any potential draftee talking about himself is going to tout probably those exact qualities. The one that caught my ear was “Perfectionist.” That really strikes me as a Scott Pioli attribute. Bulaga also well spoken and comes off as a very confident player.
“You’re gonna get a tough, smart, physical, talented guy.”
College career – Very checkered career with the Orange. Williams did not play in ‘08 after being suspended under allegations of cheating during the ‘08 spring semester. Came back in ‘09, but quit the team after being suspended for one game, and then facing another suspension. When he was on the field as a freshman and sophomore he was very productive and a game-breaker. Williams led the team in receiving as a freshman, the first time that happened at Syracuse in 23 seasons.
Stats of note – 29 games, 133 catches, 2,044 yards, 20 TD catches.
STRENGTHS – He has all the tools necessary for a wide receiver, with good hands, the ability to adjust to the ball in the air and able to catch the throw over his shoulder … explosive first step off the line of scrimmage and in his cuts … does not have great speed, but will run through arm tackles.
WEAKNESSES – Character questions overshadow all his physical skills … does not appear to be willing to stand up and accept responsibility for his actions … gives marginal effort when blocking downfield … because of problems, Williams has limited on-field experience.
THE RIGHT 53? – No way, no how. Physically talented, Williams is lacking in other characteristics