QB Bradford not to be inked before the start of the draft?

In the past two NFL drafts, the number 1 overall selection has been signed a day or two before the draft, making the selection academic in Radio City Music hall, but helping the drafting team get the new player in the fold as quickly as possible.

Multiple reports have come out over the last few days that doubt that Sam Bradford will be signed by the NFL draft.  Of course, this news causes everyone from St. Louis to Timbuktu and back again to go into hysterics that Sam Bradford will be a hold out from Rams training camp.  First of all, let’s slow down this train here.  The Rams have no even selected Bradford, although they hold the number 1 pick and covet Bradford.

This is from the always speculative Pro Football Talk:

We’re hearing from multiple league and media sources that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford could refuse to sign a pre-draft contract with the Rams.

If the Rams think that Bradford is the best quarterback to build their team around, they should pick Sam Bradford regardless of whether he signs a deal before the draft or not.  I seriously doubt he will hold out into training camp or the regular season, but even if he does, the Rams will not have made the wrong decision.  They will be drafting Bradford for the next 10-15 years, not the first 3 weeks of 2010.

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