NEW YORK (AP) - Quarterback Sam Bradford has been selected first overall in the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.
The 2008 winner of the Heisman Trophy from Oklahoma is the eighth quarterback since 2001 taken atop the draft. St. Louis was 1-15 last season and scored a league-low 175 points. The Rams cut incumbent Marc Bulger in the offseason.
Bradford appeared in only three games in 2009, his junior year, before undergoing right shoulder surgery. His recovery has been so complete that the Rams didn't hesitate to make him the future face of the franchise.
His selection opened the first NFL draft to begin in prime-time, and was greeted with a mixture of cheers and jeers by the audience at Radio City Music Hall.
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