It seems like all that had to happen in Indianapolis this last week was a weight increase of 13 pounds and the song of a silver tongue. Sam Bradford weighed in at 236 pounds instead of the 220 or so he was projected at, suddenly he's become more durable. He was also prepared enough to respond to reporters questions to avoid become headline fodder due to questions about his leadership skills.
So why draft Suh instead of Bradford when we could probably score a DT later?Logic sounds good but....
It’s a generalization that doesn’t do the actual question justice. You can consider me permanently in the Suh camp. But there is method to my madness at a time when it seems like everyone’s bailing like rats off a burning ship. I know there is no competition for Bradford in the QB class this year. I never doubted that even when I heard the Clausen rumblings start up toward the end of the college season.
I’ve always held that our needs can’t be addressed in one draft. I’ve always held that we aren’t where we need to be when it comes to being able to protect a QB anyway. Now Suh comes into the combine with as much to lose as anyone and does nothing but prove his worth as the number 1 prospect. Many in his position could, and have chosen to skip the combine. He just keeps coming. He’s separated himself from G. McCoy as far as I’m concerned. Why not grab him and some O-line help and a couple offensive weapons this year and a QB next year. Don’t tell me one won’t be available, I won’t believe that. Don’t tell me Bradford is a can’t miss opportunity. We haven’t drafted a QB in the first round since 1964, we can wait one more year.
As far as affect on our team goes, one need look no further than the affect losing Haynesworth had on the panthers DEs last year. The productivity of the entire line went down, and they have other DTs with good potential in Jason Jones, Sen’Derrick Marks and Tony Brown One could say that Bradford would immediately have such a positive impact on our offense. To that, I say, ‘with what tools?’ I know we got Jackson, but how about every other offensive position of skill? You not only have to draft Bradford instead of Suh, but you have to further commit yourself to offense, now, in a defense dominated draft. These offensive players are needed anyway but it would be nice to not have to pass up on other opportunities to improve our defense because of the commitment to offense we would then have. Do we really want a QB before improving the line?
Drafting Suh would allow us the flexibilty to stay with the most productive draft philosophy of picking the BPA at every pick instead of putting ourselves in the position of deciding whether or not to reach for offense because we already have our QB, and can’t wait on the quality O-lineman being the value pick. Drafting Bradford could compromise the value of the rest of our picks. They are all the first picks of every round. I find this troubling, since we’re not going to fix it in one draft anyway. We’d still see an improvement next year, just maybe not quite the improvement in wins we could see with Bradford. But it could lead to even more long term improvement
Does Bradford now have to injure himself again for the Rams to pass him up and return to the Suhmobile. No trades. Don't tell me what you think Devaney will do. Tell me what you want to see us do.