The St. Louis Rams currently own the top pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and are reportedly looking to use it on Oklahoma's QB, Sam Bradford. While Bradford is in my opinion the best QB in the draft, he is a project and his selection would mean a long learning curve and continued disappointment in the short run at the very least for all Rams fans. I see another route that St. Louis could take, one that might lead to instant success and not for just the short run either. At the same time, they could add some key younger players and have them insure that the team will remain competitive in what is one of the weaker divisions in the NFL.
Here's my vision of what the Rams need to do to automatically thrust themselves into serious contention for the NFC West title and energize their players and fans for what would surely be an exciting 2010 season:
First of all, the rumor is that the Philadelphia Eagles would be willing to part with QB Michael Vick for a second round draft pick. If the Rams trade the Eagles their second round pick, which is almost the 33rd pick of the first round, then they will immediately have the most exciting and athletic QB's in the league on their team. He would be paired with one of the best running backs, Steven Jackson, in the league and together would strike fear into opposing offenses.
Next, the Rams should sign free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens to a contract and could probably get him for relatively low money for two years. Add him to the mix of QB Vick and RB Jackson and you not only have a trio of game breakers but now one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL. Can you imagine Vick handing off to Steven Jackson or roling out to run or look for either TO or wide receiver Donnie Avery?
This still leaves the Rams with the top overall pick in the draft and with that they could take either Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy, the two best defensive tackles in the draft and immediate impact starters.
A draft that starts with getting an exciting veteran QB that plays in a dome on the fast track of artificial turf combined with the top defensive tackle in the draft, plus a talented and controversial veteran wide receiver would make the St. Lousi fans happy and excite them all the remainder of the oof season, talking about how they plan to unseat the Arizona Cardinals and jump over the other two teams to take the NFC West title after going 1-15 last season.
Regardless of what else they did in the draft, the Rams would be one of the top winners in the off season and on draft day, and perhaps well beyond that.