Report: Rams have preliminary talks with No. 1 pick prospects

What’s your price?

That is the question the St. Louis Rams have begun asking three players as they prepare for the beginning of the NFL draft, four weeks from today. Yes, the Rams are on the clock with the No. 1 pick.

According to a report by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams have initiated preliminary talks with the agents for quarterback Sam Bradford and defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. Apparently, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is also in the mix, but no one considers him a serious candidate to be the top selection at this point.

"All the people who are in the discussion (for No. 1 overall), we've talked to their agents," Kevin Demoff, vice president of football operations, told Thomas. "We're really just comparing notes. Also, it may take some time, so we figured we'd get a head start.

"It's not a thing about playing them off against one another," Demoff said. "I don't really believe that that works. It's a complicated deal. It's got a lot of moving parts. You're just getting the sense for which parts are important for which people. So if you get down that path ... you've already done a lot of the legwork."

Deals for quarterback Matthew Stafford and left tackle Jake Long were completed before the previous two drafts by Detroit and Miami, respectively.

Powerful CAA, led by Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, represent Bradford and McCoy. Suh is being represented by Roosevelt Barnes of Maximum Sports Management and Clausen’s rep is Gary Wichard of Pro Tect Management. Demoff said he expects to begin swapping preliminary numbers early next month.

"The goal is to get the right deal for the right player that you want to draft," Demoff said. "If that happens before the draft, great. If it doesn't happen before the draft, then we'll spend May, June and July working on it.

“In the end we're going to take the best player for the Rams; the contract will be second."

Follow me on Twitter: BradBiggs

Upcoming Games

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +7 +100

New Orleans -7 +100

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Green Bay -3.5 -110

Houston +3.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Buffalo -10 -110

NY Jets +10 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Detroit +2.5 -110

Atlanta -2.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -3 +100

Cincinnati +3 +100

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Dallas +1 -110

Washington -1 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Pittsburgh +1.5 -110

Tennessee -1.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 4:05 PM

Tampa Bay -4.5 -110

Las Vegas +4.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 4:25 PM

Kansas City -7.5 -120

Denver +7.5 -120

@

Oct 25th, 4:25 PM

San Francisco +2.5 -120

New England -2.5 -120

@

Oct 25th, 4:25 PM

Jacksonville +7.5 -110

LA Chargers -7.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 8:20 PM

Seattle -3.5 -120

Arizona +3.5 -120

@

Oct 26th, 8:15 PM

Chicago +6 -110

LA Rams -6 -110

@

Oct 29th, 8:20 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -115

Carolina -2.5 -115

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Pittsburgh +5.5 -110

Baltimore -5.5 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Minnesota +7 -110

Green Bay -7 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

NY Jets +21 -110

Kansas City -21 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -3 -125

Detroit +3 -125

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Tennessee -4 -110

Cincinnati +4 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas +3 -115

Cleveland -3 -115

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

New England +2.5 -110

Buffalo -2.5 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

LA Rams -3.5 -105

Miami +3.5 -105

@

Nov 1st, 4:05 PM

LA Chargers -1 -105

Denver +1 -105

@

Nov 1st, 4:25 PM

San Francisco +4.5 -110

Seattle -4.5 -110

@

Nov 1st, 4:25 PM

New Orleans -3 -105

Chicago +3 -105

@

Nov 1st, 8:20 PM

Dallas +3.5 -110

Philadelphia -3.5 -110

@