With the NFL Draft now just under three weeks away, the St Louis Rams are looking at bringing in a quarterback to eventually challenge Sam Bradford for a starting role.
The Rams are looking at a number of options to bring in at quarterback in the upcoming draft after Jim Thomas of the St Louis Post-Dispatch revealed they are “strongly considering” taking a young passer.
According to Thomas, the Rams are looking “to take a quarterback in the mid-rounds, someone who isn’t a project and could compete for a starting job in a year or two.”
Sam Bradford’s position as starting quarterback would not appear to be under threat, despite only having two years remaining on his contract.
“We talk about extensions with all our players under contract,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Whether or not we do so with him, I don’t know where all this came from, but Sam’s our quarterback. He’s going to be under center.”
Bradford is coming off a torn ACL injury that he picked up last season, and is under pressure to perform come September.
The Rams drafted Bradford ahead of Robert Griffin III in the 2010 NFL Draft and are sticking with their quarterback for now, though he may struggle to take the “next step” that Jeff Fisher has suggested.
RGIII struggled throughout last season, coming off the same injury Bradford sustained in the last campaign, and we may see the Rams first choice QB fail to make enough of an impact.
St Louis may be considering such a case by preparing a move for a quarterback in May, with current backup Shaun Hill only on a one-year contract after being signed up during free agency.
They have met with Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage, South Carolina’s Connor Shaw and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. As well as watching Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, SMU’s Garrett Gilbert and Derek Carr of Fresno State.
One of these talents is likely to be picked up by the Rams as a backup to Bradford and Hill, but with the right development, they could be challenging for the starting job come the end of next season.