Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is taken from the field on the cart in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Will Bradford’s Torn ACL End His Run as Rams QB?

With the unfortunate news that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford suffering a torn ACL, the immediate future of the Rams becomes bleak, but the long term future of the team is up in the air.  Bradford had played relatively well, but he was not setting the league on fire and he has been a massive disappointment relative to being the #1 overall pick in 2010.  While the sounds coming out of the Rams suggested they believe in Bradford, it was not a certainty that he was their long term guy, so now that he is injured and the Rams are poised to have a couple of first round picks that could be high in the draft, they may feel forced to take a quarterback in May.

The Rams own the rights to the first round pick of the Washington Redskins as part of the deal that netted Robert Griffin III and the Rams are not upset they are struggling.  They came off of a late win against the Chicago Bears but they are sitting at 2-4 with a game against Denver this coming week.  The Rams are currently 3-4 and Kellen Clemens is set to be their starter, so it is difficult to imagine they will be able to stay competitive in a ton of their remaining games.  Unless Washington goes on an impressive and largely unexpected run, the Rams are staring at potentially to picks in the top 15 and possibly higher.

The Rams might like Bradford, but this latest incident might make it difficult for them not to draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft if there is someone they really like.  Up until Griffin tore his ACL, it looked like the Rams might regret not holding onto the pick and taking him for themselves, but they are getting somewhat of a mulligan with these picks, so if there is someone they really like, they might not be able to pass on them.  If they do still believe in Bradford, they certainly have the ammo to bolster their team around him.

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