One of the hot topics at the Scouting Combine has become the bold proclamation from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Rams will draft quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall selection on April 22.
So Rams G.M. Billy Devaney was asked about the situation on Friday, and he had a little fun with the topic.
“That took a lot of pressure off of us right away because Dr. Schefter cleared him medically,” Devaney said, via our own Gregg Rosenthal, who has taken his shine box to Indy for the weekend. “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 on to the second round.”
Though some might think it’s in the Rams’ interests to show interest in Bradford in the hopes of perhaps finagling a trade out of the top spot with one of the other quarterback-needy teams, there’s another important angle to keep in mind here.
If the Rams really want Bradford, they might need to act like they don’t.
The Rams surely would like to get the top pick under contract before calling out his name on April 22. If Bradford thinks he’s definitely the guy, Bradford’s agent will want even more money.
So the best move is to keep everyone guessing — media, other teams, and most importantly the Bradford camp.
That said, Schefter might be onto something with the Sam-to-St.-Louis theory. Our pal Lance Zierlein of KGOW in Houston has been touting the pick for at least a month, and Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com has recently made the case for Bradford in blue and gold, too.
Also, a league source says that Schefter and the others “very well could be right.” Many viewed Bradford as the best player in the 2009 draft, and his shoulder injury isn’t nearly as bad as Drew Brees’ from four years ago.
Said the source: “If [Bradford] gets by the doctors [at the Combine] then he very well could be good to go. The medical
staffs will know the stability of the shoulder [Friday] but I’m sure
some teams will order an MRI and the result of that might not be known
for a few days. St. Louis does not have a quarterback, so with the value of the position
being what it is, a clean bill of health could very well equal the first pick.”
So stay tuned. Bradford very well could be the first overall pick. Unless he isn’t.