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Rams GM says they've not talked to other teams (like the Bucs) about No. 1 pick



Rams general manager Billy Devaney said there have been no discussions with other teams about trading the No. 1 overall pick.

"There haven't been any phone calls to any team whatsoever,'' Devaney said. "I would think eventually that would happen, but it's too early.

"Nobody is going to say, "Hell no, we don't want more picks, we're staying where we are.''

Devaney said the Rams are targeting four players -- Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen -- for the first choice.

The Bucs would obviously prefer the Rams take a quarterback, which would guarantee them a shot at one of the two elite defensive tackles.

Bradford (shoulder) and Clausen (toe) will not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. Devaney said the Rams will want to see Bradford throw at least twice before the NFL draft.

"We've got to see him throw,'' Devaney said. "I think his (pro) date is the 25th of March, and in my mind, we may go in again right before the draft a couple weeks later and see what his status is. Is he improving? Is it the same? Has he regressed. We need to be as sure as possible. There is no sure thing. But yeah, a position like that, absolutely we need to be sure.''

Devaney didn't disagree with the notion that the Rams can't afford to bypass another franchise quarterback. St. Louis has drafted either a defensive or offensive lineman in the first round the past three years. The last two drafts they have passed on Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan.

"You can't force the issue,'' Devaney said. "I know what you're saying. At some point, we need to address the quarterback situation. We're still doing that. It's ongoing.

"If it gets down to it, we think the defensive tackles, if these two kids are far and away the highest-rated players and they're the best players in the draft, you can't force it and say, "Hey, we've got to get a quarterback,' and drop way down in your value. That's what we're trying to figure out right now. I agree with you.''

Devaney made light of comments made by ESPN's Adam Schefter on a St. Louis radio station that he believed Bradford would be the Rams' No. 1 overall pick. 

"That took a lot of pressure off of us,'' Devaney said. "Because when Dr. Schefter cleared him medically, we feel really good about the health status of Sam Bradford with Dr. Schefter giving him a clean bill of health and guaranteeing our pick. So we're onto the second round now.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:55pm]


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