While Bradford remained highly regarded as a former No. 1 pick with intriguing arm talent, it seemed at the time that the Rams cavalierly were disregarding a chance to draft a quarterback with the potential to carve out an exciting, successful new era.
Whether salary-cap implications played a major role, Fisher simply believed that it was Bradford -- not Griffin -- who had the potential to become the best quarterback in football.
The implication is that the Browns, holding the No. 4 pick and Bradford's former play-caller in Pat Shurmur, were the team hot on his trail. Had the Rams been more open-minded on Griffin, they might have changed the course of the franchises in Cleveland and Washington as well as their own. As it is now, Fisher's future is tied to Bradford's performance after passing up a chance to draft the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year.