The St. Louis Rams are reportedly considering selecting Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and the team’s interest in the Texas A&M quarterback is apparently being pushed by head coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams own the second and 13th picks in this year’s draft and while they already have Sam Bradford under center, there has been talk that they are looking to trade him.
SBNation’s Ryan Van Bibber reports that the Rams’ interest in Manziel is real and that Fisher is behind it. While some have suggested that the team’s interest in the quarterback could be a smokescreen, there seems to be much more too it than that.
Manziel is likely to go in the top 10 and if the Rams want to get the 21-year-old, they may have to use the second overall pick to ensure they don’t miss out on him. But that may not be a great value slot for Manziel, and the Rams could be hoping to trade back a few spots and still land him. St. Louis has long been open about its desire to trade the No. 2 pick if a good offer comes its way.
But what about the team’s current quarterback, Sam Bradford? Well, the Minnesota Vikings and Rams have reportedly discussed a trade for Bradford, but reports on Monday have claimed that St. Louis is committed to Bradford. Frankly, I think the Rams are committed to Bradford, until they aren’t. Given Bradford’s injury history and his inconsistency I don’t think it would be a stretch for the Rams to give up on the 26-year-old.
In Bradford’s four NFL seasons, he has missed 15 games due to various injuries. He only played in seven games in 2013 thanks to a torn ACL in his left knee. In 49 career games, Bradford has completed 58.6 percent of his passes, for 11,065 yards, with 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. He has a career passer rating of 79.3.
While I’m not sure the Rams are done with Bradford, I wouldn’t be surprised if they move him and grab Manziel on Thursday.