Rams willing to trade out of No. 2

Posted by Administrator On April - 8 - 2009

With the NFL draft less than three weeks away, general manager Billy Devaney says the phone lines are open at Rams Park. In other words, the team is willing to listen to any trade proposals from clubs interested in moving up to the Rams’ No. 2 overall spot.

“Yeah, in the position we’re in, we’ll consider everything,” Devaney said. “It’s a little early. We kind of play with scenarios in our mind right now. But we haven’t gotten down to the nitty-gritty, if you will, to say: ‘OK, how far back would we trade?’ ”

With the Rams in a rebuilding mode, this is a good year to stockpile extra picks. However, finding someone willing to move up to No. 2 — where the player will get a potential contract of $50 million-plus — is another matter.

Devaney said the just-completed minicamp at Rams Park won’t have much impact on the team’s draft plans.

“We’re not going to alter our draft board based on what we see out here, guys kind of running around in shorts and T-shirts,” Devaney said. “We didn’t think going in, that with these couple of practices, we’d find out about guys and say, ‘OK, you know what? Forget about drafting this position, we need to move on to this position based off the practices.’ ”

In other words, watching five practices isn’t going to change the fact that the Rams need an offensive tackle.

“Why do you say tackle? ” Devaney replied, tongue in cheek.

But the minicamp may affect how the team views its depth at certain positions, and what may be done with the bottom of the roster between now and the start of training camp.


Two more offensive tackles, Michael Oher of Mississippi and William Beatty of Connecticut, are making pre-draft visits next week to Rams Park, the Post-Dispatch confirmed Monday. Add North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate to the list as well.

That brings to 19 the number of confirmed visits by draft prospects. Four of those visitors are offensive tackles, with Oher and Beatty joining Eugene Monroe (Virginia) and Jason Smith (Baylor). And five of those visitors are wide receivers, with Tate joining Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri) and Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina).

Oher projects as a first-round pick; Beatty is expected to go in the second round, but could creep into the late first round. Tate projects as a mid-round pick.