From 2010 thru 2013 the Rams have used 8 of their 18 draft picks (44%!!!) in the first 4 rounds on WR’s and TE’s in an attempt to find receivers for Bradford.
And their return on drafting these guys has netted them an average of:
22 receptions, 272 yards, and 1.5 TD’s per receiver – ouch!
The Rams are desperate to acquire a quality receiving option for Bradford, which they have not found in any of these wasted picks, which account for over 44% of their draft selections in round 1 thru 4.
Reason 2: The Rams are desperate to prove that Sam Bradford is a good QB
In 2012 the Rams held the #2 overall selection in the draft.
The Rams had a decision to make which would set the course of their franchise for the foreseeable future.
Either draft RGIII, or trade the pick and hope Sam Bradford got better.
After 2 seasons as their starter, Sam Bradford had compiled a rather abysmal stat line:
8-18 record, 58% completions, 218 yards per game, 24 TD’s and 21 INT’s, 74.2 QB Rating
The Rams chose to stick with Sam Bradford, and trade the pick away to the Redskins.
Bradford has been better since the trade, and has actually looked like a decent QB.
In the Rams’ attempt to show that they made the correct choice in keeping Bradford (instead of drafting RGIII), they have been looking for good WR’s and TE’s for Bradford.
Having failed so far in this endevour, the Rams continue this trend in 2014, this time by drafting Sammy Watkins.