ST. LOUIS — You would never know that the Rams, who have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft — and now the first one of intrigue since Detroit will select QB Matthew Stafford — were making a huge decision in just a few hours.
While more and more team officials and coaches file into the facility, general manager Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo are dealing with their first draft together as if they’re going out for a jog. Each is casually dressed and moving about relatively carefree. Spagnuolo said he went to bed Friday night at 9:30 p.m., while Devaney looks as equally well-rested. The indications are that they know what they plan to do with their first pick and maybe their second-rounder as well.
Devaney told me that he has received phone calls this morning about his team’s top pick, but he didn’t mention any particulars.
“There have been more calls than I expected. … At this point anything’s possible,” Devaney said.
I am not quite sure why a team might want to get to No. 2 unless it thinks the Rams could select USC QB Mark Sanchez.
The Rams booked a reservation for Sanchez to fly from Los Angeles to St. Louis on Sunday morning, but they apparently have tentative travel plans for other prospects as well. Those prospects, other than Sanchez, are believed to include Baylor OT Jason Smith, Virignia OT Eugene Monroe and Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry.
Those travel plans could be nothing more than a huge smokescreen, and even so, the Rams get an “A” for effort and ingenuity. There is a lot more to come from here in St. Louis, and I will keep you posted through the day.
– Steve Wyche