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Sam Bradford joins St Louis Rams as top NFL Draft pick

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell greets top pick Bradford
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell greets top pick Bradford in New York City

Quarterback Sam Bradford joined the St Louis Rams as top pick as the leading United States college players were selected in the NFL Draft.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was taken second by Detroit and offensive lineman Gerald McCoy went to Tampa Bay.

Bradford has yet to sign a contract but last year's top pick earned $40 million (£26m) in a long-term deal.

The shock of the first round was the move by Denver to pick Florida quarterback Tim Tebow 25th overall.

Teams select in reverse order of their final standings to promote competitive balance, handing the Rams, who won just one game in 16 last year, first pick.


Super Bowl champions New Orleans picked 32nd, taking Florida State corner back Patrick Robinson.

The opening round of the seven-round draft took place on prime-time TV for the first time.

The three tiers of balconies in New York's Radio City Music Hall were packed with fans of the 32 NFL teams cheering and jeering the selections.

The second and third rounds of the draft are held on Friday, with rounds four to seven taking place on Saturday. The new season kicks off on Thursday 9 September, with the Saints playing host to the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship game.

Following three rounds of playoff action, Super Bowl XLV is played at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas on 6 February.

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