There are concerns about the system Bradford played in at OU and the season-ending shoulder injury he suffered last year, but we still think he's an excellent value here. His shoulder has clearly healed and his arm may be even stronger than it was before the surgery. We also believe he has the mental aptitude to make a successful transition to the NFL.
While it's tough to expect a new quarterback to start on a 1-15 team, that's what the Rams want from Bradford because they don't have many other options. A.J. Feeley was signed from Carolina, but he's a short-term fix. Keith Null struggled badly when given opportunities last year, and Mike Reilly is the only other quarterback on the roster. The Rams have a lot of other needs, but Bradford's intangibles, mental makeup and consistency are exactly what a new quarterback will need on a rebuilding team.
Suh lacks elite initial quickness but is still above-average. He has outstanding upper-body strength, and while he may not get to the QB regularly at the NFL level, he should be a disruptive pass-rusher who can consistently hurry signal-callers. He also has the potential to develop into an upper-echelon run-stopper who can hold his own when teams run at him and make an occasional play in the backfield.
This was a great pick for a defense that ranked 32nd overall last year and 25th against the run. While the Lions recently added Corey Williams, they still needed someone to help at the point of attack and to bring stoutness and physical play. Suh is regarded as one of the strongest players on the line of scrimmage this year, and he will undoubtedly tie up blockers, collapse run lanes and change the makeup of the defensive front.