Biggs: Rams down to four players for No. 1 pick
INDIANAPOLIS—And then there were four.
The St. Louis Rams have been on the clock since Jan. 3, the day the NFL season ended, and nearly two months later they’ve apparently got the No. 1 overall pick whittled down to a choice between four players.
That is what Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Of course, everything could change if the Rams find a taker for the pick. But as things stand, they’re sorting between quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.
The Rams need to replace Marc Bulger and they have huge needs on the defensive line, where they have swung and missed with first-round picks too often in the past decade.
"We're still trying to figure that out," general manager Billy Devaney. "There's pros and cons to whatever decision you decide to go with. But we know this: If it comes down to that right now, there are four guys that will be given consideration.
"But we've got to be prepared for anything. If we do wind up trading down a little bit, we have to be ready. We have to have a bunch of guys in the hopper that we feel good about. Those four guys you mentioned, sure, we like everything about them so far."
Devaney gushed when talking about Suh and McCoy.
"The DTs are difference-makers,” he said. “We have them graded extremely high."
Bradford is recovering from a right shoulder injury. He had his AC joint repaired and said today that his rehab is going great. He recently threw 100 passes in a practice sessions but will not work out for teams until his pro day at the end of March. There are concerns about Clausen, too, although he is coming back from surgery on his right toe. His pro day is April 9.
"I have a feeling at the end of the day, the quarterbacks are going to be (graded) extremely high to where we have to think about (drafting one of them)," Devaney said.
It would be tough to pass on a quarterback, right?
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