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Rams haven't talked about trading down

St. Louis Rams General Manager Billy Devaney says he hasn’t heard from any other teams that are interested in acquiring the first overall pick in the draft, and he says he doesn’t know if any other team likes Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford enough to put together a package of picks to get him.

“Because they may be [thinking] … ‘OK, we may like Sam Bradford a lot, but we like Jimmy Clausen just about almost as much,” Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Why should we give up picks and go up and get St. Louis’ pick?'”

“Why should we give up picks?” is a good question. Another good question is, “Why should we want to pay the $40 million guaranteed or so that the first overall pick will demand this year?”

Until the NFL does something to rein in the contracts given to the players chosen at the top of the first round, it’s going to be tough for the team that owns the first overall pick to trade down. On the other hand, a lot can change in three weeks, and it’s still possible that some team will fall in love with Bradford and decide he’s worth the price.

For now, though, everyone seems to think the Rams are going to take Bradford first overall. Devaney acknowledges that’s the conventional wisdom.

“Obviously, he’s going to get strong consideration,” Devaney said. “That’s not earth-shattering.”

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16 Responses to “Rams haven't talked about trading down”
  1. Cameltoecleavage says: Apr 2, 2010 12:50 PM

    Well there’s gonna be a lockout next year and then the world is gonna end the next so why even bother trying to make a rookie pay scale. and yes this is a completely sarcastic comment

  2. Scottzilla says: Apr 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    Really wish Tampa would offer to swap spots with them. Really prefer Suh to McCoy…system shmistem – Suh is the more dominant player. Just watch the tape. But, once again, Tampa will draft someone who will make me have an ulcer.

  3. HarrisonHits says: Apr 2, 2010 12:57 PM

    Rams should pass and let some other team have the 1st pick booby prize. They have enough problems as it is.

  4. Tre-nitty says: Apr 2, 2010 1:03 PM

    Yeah right Billy. Basically there is a trade in place with the Redskins and it will be announced on draft day, unless somebody out does the skins offer. Bradford to the skins and Clausen to the Rams, book it!!!

  5. BBrophy1 says: Apr 2, 2010 1:21 PM

    Its talent over money in these sceanrios. If you like Bradford evenalittle bit more than clausen I think you make the deal. I wouldn’t want to be the GM who didn’t want to pay $40 million for Peyton Manning because he liked Ryan Leaf almost as much and could get him for $30 million later in the draft

  6. NoHomeTeam says: Apr 2, 2010 1:24 PM

    I’m not terribly familiar with the particulars of the NFL draft procedures, but couldn’t the Rams simply not pick when the clock starts? I kind of recall the idea being floated last year when Detroit had the first pick. The premise was that the pick then passes to the number 2 team, and that the Rams could re-insert themselves into the draft order at any time. That would get them off the hook for the #1 pick’s salary, and still let them have a fairly high selection — possibly even Bradford, if a number of teams behind the Rams pass on him as well.
    Since they most likely will not be able to trade down for additional picks, this seems like a reasonable way to lower the cost of their first selection. And even if they do miss out on Bradford by letting the clock run out, it’s not that significant of a loss. Sure, the kid is a pretty good QB, but one guy isn’t going to make them much better, and he’s not going to make much difference at the Ticket Window, either.

  7. bigtrav425 says: Apr 2, 2010 1:39 PM

    i really do hope some Douche Bag team makes a horrible choice and takes Clasuen before the Browns because that means a better chance that Berry falls to us altho i wouldnt mind Haden either.If any GM thinks Clausen is a top 10 pick let alone a first round pick they really do need to have a head examination

  8. mwcarolina says: Apr 2, 2010 1:41 PM

    “Basically there is a trade in place with the Redskins and it will be announced on draft day, unless somebody out does the skins offer. Bradford to the skins and Clausen to the Rams, book it!!!”
    i hope if there is a deal, it’s swapping picks, Andre Carter and a pick, next year. I really like Bradford more than Clausen personally, but i don’t want to give up the farm for him.

  9. Pay This Man! says: Apr 2, 2010 1:47 PM

    Scottzilla, the Bucs are gonna get their shot at drafting Suh as it is.
    Detroit needs a LT, they aren’t draft a DT at number 2.

  10. vtsquirm says: Apr 2, 2010 2:22 PM

    “Basically there is a trade in place with the Redskins and it will be announced on draft day, unless somebody out does the skins offer. Bradford to the skins and Clausen to the Rams, book it!!!”
    i hope if there is a deal, it’s swapping picks, Andre Carter and a pick, next year. I really like Bradford more than Clausen personally, but i don’t want to give up the farm for him.
    _______________________________
    If we are giving up someone, we might as well throw jason campbell in… give the rams the #4 pick, jason campbell and possibly a late rounder for the #1 pick.

  11. overkil2 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:09 PM

    You are dreaming. No one wants Jason campbell and to move up from #4 to #1, you are going to probably have to throw in at least a 3rd minimum.

  12. Drat says: Apr 2, 2010 3:40 PM

    Rams draft history and more Martz Myth bashing:
    Martz was the key man in the Rams draft through 2005. That year, the top three picks were Barron, Bartell, and Atogwe. Three starters, one All Pro. In 2004, the top three were Steven Jackson, Hargrove and Chillar. Jackson a superstar, Hargrove a key starter for the Superbowl Saints, and Chillar an excellent LB for Packers. In 2003, the top three picks were three NFL starters when injury free, Kennedy, Tinoisamoa, and Curtis (all for different teams). The record is clear. Martz picked up good players. The Rams management ditched them to other teams who have used them as essential components of their successful teams.
    Since Martz left: top three in 2006: Tye Hill, Klopfenstein, Wroten. In 2007: Carriker, Leonard, Wade. In 2008: Long, Avery, Greco. In 2009: Jason Smith, Lauranitis, and some dude named Bradley Fletcher. In four years, one really solid hit in Lauranatis. Maybe Long and Smith will do OK as starters, eventually. Have you ever heard more anonymous names from four years worth of top three picks?
    Is there any reason to believe the Rams will get it right this year?
    And stop blaming it on Martz.

  13. vtsquirm says: Apr 2, 2010 4:48 PM

    i agree, no one probably does want Campbell. I’m trying to think of creative ways to get him off the team.

  14. Bious says: Apr 2, 2010 6:41 PM

    I still can’t understand why in god’s name anyone would give Bradford THAT MUCH money
    Give it to Suh or McCoy and get your moneys worth

  15. BigBear123 says: Apr 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    With the rookie salary cap they should also look at lottery picks for the lowest five draft picks like basketball does.
    No use doing that with no rookie cap or it will seem like more of a punishment.

  16. edgy1957 says: Apr 3, 2010 12:26 PM

    Having seen all three play for their entire careers, I would definitely make Bradford or Suh the number one pick with McCoy any where else in the draft.
    Oklahoma’s offense can make any of their QBs look a lot better than they are but of all the guys that I’ve seen run it, Bradford is the most pro ready of them all and he has the best NFL ready arm of them all. There’s no doubt that he’s got work to do for the NFL but so do all of the other guys (Yes, even Claussen, who is supposedly the most NFL ready of the QBs). The Ram would be better off letting him sit for at least half of the year while they develop an OL and let someone else take the hits, like the Bucs did with Freeman.
    On the other hand, Suh is a manster and he will light a fire under the defense with his play. They’ve taken several DL in recent years but none with the intensity that this guy brings to the table. If the Rams had a decent offense, I’d go with Suh but I think that they should take Bradford, even though it will take several years to get to his full potential. It’s too bad that the Rams couldn’t send him to a really bad team in the CFL because he’d be able to get a lot of experience without hurting his team.
    McCoy is a good player but in the time that I’ve seen both players on the field, I’ve never felt that the better player was McCoy. He’ll have a good NFL carreer but if I have to choose one over the other, I’ll take Suh.

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