Taking Saffold shows Rams plan to protect Bradford

If you’re going to draft a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, you’ve got to protect him, right? The Rams used the first pick of the second round (33rd overall) on Indiana guard/tackle Rodger Saffold. Saffold will pair with last year’s first-round pick Jason Smith to eventually form bookend tackles.

This, folks, is having a plan.

The Rams could have gone a lot of different directions — wide receiver, defensive tackle, outside linebacker — but they stuck to their board and made a pick for a very athletic lineman who can develop. Saffold is going to be pushed to get on the field quickly because Bradford will be pushed to start in Week 1.

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