After an impressive performance at the NFL Combine, Garrett Bradbury seems like a name worth keeping an eye on for the Los Angeles Rams in the upcoming draft.
Plenty of players have stood out for the Los Angeles Rams during the NFL Combine this week, but the one player who arguably wasn’t viewed as a strong possibility before that deserves consideration now is Garrett Bradbury out of N.C. State.
On Friday, offensive line participated in the field drills part of the combine such as 40-yard dash, and to say Bradbury was one of the big winners of the day would be a huge understatement after looking at how much his stock is on the rise.
While it was impressive to see Bradbury run a 4.92 time in the 40-yard dash, the 34 repetitions on the bench press was one of the accomplishments that stood out the most.
Entering the offseason, the offensive line was one of the areas that Los Angeles was expected to focus on the most since, as bad as it sounds, most of their current members are getting up their in age to the point where the Rams need to prepare for the future sooner rather than later.
Hearing Andrew Whitworth‘s plans to return for a third season in Los Angeles was the best news the offense could receive this week since the veteran’s leadership skills are irreplaceable. But assuming that 2019 ends up being his final season, the Rams realize the importance of trying to find a potential replacement now instead of holding off, or it’s only going to make the adjustment period that much more difficult to deal with.
Even with the uncertainty surrounding Rodger Saffold most likely hitting free agency, and Los Angeles trying to determine if John Sullivan is worth bringing back for another year, it’s easy to understand why the team will be looking to improve their offensive line this offseason.
Speaking of Sullivan, the Rams moving on from the veteran center would almost seem like the perfect excuse to give Bradbury a harder look come draft time, and even if that doesn’t work, the best part is he could be used as a guard as well.
Since free agency hasn’t even gotten underway, it’s tough to imagine where Bradbury will land in the draft since plenty could change from now until the end of April.
Whether he happens to slip to No. 31 or Los Angeles considers the possibility of trading up in the first round, Bradbury needs to be considered an option no matter what for the NFC champions, and it will be exciting to see how the lineman follows up from his strong outing at the combine.