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Rams GM Devaney: "I would be surprised if we stayed at 33"

St. Louis Rams General Manager Billy Devaney said today that as he prepared for the NFL draft, he firmly expected to use the first pick in the second round to select whoever was at the top of the Rams’ board after the first day. But now that he’s had time to evaluate the Rams’ options, he expects to make a trade.

“I would be surprised if we stayed at 33,” Devaney said in an interview on ESPN Radio.

So what changed? It could be that the players the Rams hoped to take with the 33rd overall pick were all snapped up in the first round. But from Devaney’s comments, it sounds like it’s more a matter of the Rams being blown away with all the offers they’re getting for the pick.

So the Rams are almost certain to trade down, and now the only question is which offer they’ll take, and which player will go off the board at the top of the second round.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the new format of the draft was a boon to the Rams.

“Let’s face it,” Spagnuolo said. “There’s a lot more interest generated in 24 hours than when you have 15 minutes.”

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21 Responses to “Rams GM Devaney: "I would be surprised if we stayed at 33"”
  1. robert ethan says: Apr 23, 2010 2:43 PM

    “There’s a lot more interest generated when I have the chance to get it out in the media that we’re trading the pick. Probably to the team that wants the SAME GUY YOU WANT. Ha ha.”.

  2. Youngone says: Apr 23, 2010 2:43 PM

    Kinda like the new format. Lot more NFL stretched out of it.

  3. Jack Acid says: Apr 23, 2010 2:44 PM

    And this is why the new draft format makes it so much more interesting.
    Rams have a SLEW of needs, but if they are not blown away with anyone at 33, adding more picks makes sense.
    Unquestionably, teams will likely jump up to take Clausen or McCoy.

  4. mr_snrub says: Apr 23, 2010 2:44 PM

    Rams fans have to feel awful right now. Could have had Suh and future star Jimmy Clausen with its first two selections.
    Now it’s apparent that Devaney’s minions don’t know how to respond when he asks them what they should do, hence the likelihood of a trade.
    Glad to see future colossal bust Sam Bradford wind up with an NFC West rival.

  5. omegalh says: Apr 23, 2010 2:46 PM

    Question to Florio and “the experts”: Is the 33rd pick now more valuable than the 32nd pick?

  6. craigja says: Apr 23, 2010 2:46 PM

    Browns move up to get McCoy or Clausen.

  7. SHUTYOURFACE says: Apr 23, 2010 2:46 PM

    rams are better than your team se18a29.
    by miles.
    cuz your team suxx.

  8. RIP__21 says: Apr 23, 2010 2:51 PM

    Why dont they use the pick to draft a lineman that can help protect their soon to be 85 million dollar man?

  9. Redleg says: Apr 23, 2010 2:52 PM

    Rams better get as many picks as they can and take as many OL as possible to protect Bradford.
    If a 220 pound linebacker from BYU can seperate his shoulder, imagine what a NFL caliber 300 pound defensive end will do to him.
    Rams need to start teaching Bradford how to “take a sack” or he will end up the next version of David Carr!

  10. Bill says: Apr 23, 2010 2:53 PM

    More posturing!… I would be surprised if they one more than two games……!

  11. Toad says: Apr 23, 2010 2:53 PM

    Look for the Chargers to get back onto the 2nd round for a big 3-4 nose tackle

  12. pmanningsbrother says: Apr 23, 2010 2:59 PM

    I hope they come around and trade bradford for Tebow. They will need Jesus to help them this year.

  13. sluggerss says: Apr 23, 2010 3:11 PM

    If the Rams work this right, they could turn this pick into a HIGH first round pick next year…

  14. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 23, 2010 3:12 PM

    Smokescreen.
    The point difference between the bottom pick in the 2nd round and the top is less than 300. If he’s getting ANY offers that means there’s a GM worse than Devaney out there. Given last night’s draft, that is a possibility.

  15. JAG880 says: Apr 23, 2010 3:14 PM

    What’s stupid is that any of teams that want 33, probably could have had 31 or 32 last night for less.

  16. MSA says: Apr 23, 2010 3:19 PM

    RAMS could have gotten both Suh and Clausen instead of Bradford (who I am not sure about his durability)

  17. GDive says: Apr 23, 2010 3:50 PM

    Rams fans have to feel awful right now. Could have had Suh and future star Jimmy Clausen with its first two selections.
    Now it’s apparent that Devaney’s minions don’t know how to respond when he asks them what they should do, hence the likelihood of a trade.
    Glad to see future colossal bust Sam Bradford wind up with an NFC West rival.
    ===================================
    The only thing I feel bad about is you taking up space on the planet!! Must be some reason why the other teams that needed a QB took a pass on Clausen. The people that evaluate talent for a living clearly don’t think he’s as good a prospect as Bradford. Bradford’s shoulder is fine, he’s a great kid and they don’t have to throw him in until he’s ready and they have more weapons. It’s a QB driven league and the Rams couldn’t afford to pass up another potential franchise QB no matter how good Suh is.

  18. funi says: Apr 23, 2010 3:54 PM

    I hope Browns take McCoy or Clausen! The Steelers will treat either one of them like they did to Vinny Testicless-verte and Tim Couch” potato”! Enjoy a 3-13 season brown fans, you deserve it!!

  19. hotchick says: Apr 23, 2010 3:58 PM

    Not only could all the players the RAms thought would be available were gone….. But it seems more likily that more players that they like are still available after round one. So they can drop down and get someone they like AND gain a pick or two.
    ==========
    Something I wondered last night. Did the Saints have to make their pick last night? Suppose they let their time expire? Would the Rams have been able to jump in front of them? Or could the Rams not do so until tonight?
    If the Rams could not (since they had first pick of second round and it was first round only last night) Then the Saints could have held the bargaining chip all day today, and whoever (Saints or who they traded with) had pick 32 when the draft officially started would have hand in the pick the moment the draft re-started.

  20. sguy2130 says: Apr 23, 2010 4:16 PM

    funi says:
    April 23, 2010 3:54 PM
    I hope Browns take McCoy or Clausen! The Steelers will treat either one of them like they did to Vinny Testicless-verte and Tim Couch” potato”! Enjoy a 3-13 season brown fans, you deserve it!!
    ———————————-
    And you deserve to have a scumbag representing your city as your team leader. Nicely played Steeler fan.

  21. Buttered Santa says: Apr 23, 2010 4:53 PM

    Don’t discount a Browns move up for Taylor Mays either.

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