ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams picked Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 selection in the NFL draft Thursday night, hoping he can help revive a franchise that has slid a long way from its days as "The Greatest Show on Turf."
St. Louis was 1-15 a year ago and has a sorry 6-42 record the past three years.
Bradford was the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, and he convinced the Rams that he has recovered from shoulder surgery last October.
Releasing Marc Bulger earlier this month all but cinched the Rams' decision.
A.J. Feeley, who signed a free agent deal in the offseason, has 15 career starts in 10 seasons. Rookie Keith Null threw three touchdown passes with nine interceptions last season. Kyle Boller signed with the Raiders and Mike Reilly, a late-season pickup, has no NFL experience.
St. Louis needs help most on offense after trailing the rest of the NFL with a 10.9-points-per-game average, scoring one or fewer touchdown in 13 games. The Rams are also 29th in total offense and defense.
Bradford followed the Lions' Matthew Stafford as the second straight quarterback taken with the first overall pick. He's the ninth Heisman winner to be selected No. 1, and first since USC quarterback Carson Palmer in 2003 by the Bengals.
The Rams previously chose offensive tackle Jason Smith and defensive end Chris Long with the second overall picks in 2009 and '08.
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