Report: No teams interested in Rams' No. 1 pick right now
Here is the reality of holding the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft these days: You’re stuck with it.
For more than five years now, teams drafting in the top five sports in the draft have traditionally done everything they can to deal down. No one wants to own a pick that high with the massive guaranteed money that is involved. The Detroit Lions forked over $41 million guaranteed to quarterback Matthew Stafford a year ago.
The St. Louis Rams figure to be forced to spend that kind of money this time around, an absurd total for a player with zero NFL experience. Which brings us to this report from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in which Rams general manager Billy Devaney says there hasn’t been any interest from other clubs in the pick to this point.
That’s no surprise. We’d expect it to remain that way unless Mike Shanahan becomes so smitten with Sam Bradford that the Washington Redskins do anything and everything (translation, mortgage most of their draft) to move up from No. 4 and select the Oklahoma quarterback. Could it happen? You can’t discount the possibility of anything like that shaking out. The reality is the Rams better feel pretty comfortable with one of the players at the top there very soon.
St. Louis, though, is kicking the tires on some of the other quarterbacks, namely Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy. They’re preparing for alternate possibilities.
"Teams were at Colt McCoy's workout (Wednesday); they're going to be at Jimmy Clausen's workout next week," Devaney said. "Because they may be (thinking) 'OK, we may like Sam Bradford a lot, but we like Jimmy Clausen just about almost as much. Why should we give up picks and go up and get St. Louis' pick?' "
Reality is, there might not be anyone willing to give up picks so the Rams can escape the money pit at No. 1.
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