Roundup: Rams playing poker with picks?

The NFL in April has more bluffing than the main event of the World Series of Poker. Teams generally don’t want to tip their hand too early.

So in the wake of reports that St. Louis was interested in Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, Rams GM Billy Devaney went into Phil Hellmuth mode.

St. Louis scheduled a private workout for Texas QB Colt McCoy on Thursday and will attend Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen‘s workout the following day, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Is there a genuine interest in the quarterbacks? Could the team be planning to move down in the draft? Devaney does not have any apparent “tell” (last poker reference, honest).

“In doing that, then you say, ‘OK, if we still want to take a quarterback, how do these other guys measure up?'” Devaney told the Post-Dispatch. “So we have to be prepared. … There’s a lot of scenarios that can be played out. And we’ve got to be prepared for every one of them.”

The Post-Dispatch reported that St. Louis has received no interest from other teams looking to deal for the top overall selection. That could keep Bradford in the driver’s seat.

Bradford denied reports in an interview with Rich Eisen on Thursday that he was unwilling to pre-negotiate a deal with St. Louis.

“To be honest, I’ve never said that,” Bradford said. “I’ve never been asked that before. I’m not really sure where that’s coming from. I’m a player; I’m going to play for whoever drafts me. That’s why there’s a draft. It’s not like the players get to choose where they go. If St. Louis picks me.”

One other report, Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat is skeptical that the team will be chasing after WR Brandon Marshall.

Other news making its way around the Web on Friday:

  • New Cardinals LB Joey Porter told Darren Urban on the team’s Web site that he wants to play at 240 pounds this season. A good start would be to stay out of Taco Bell late at night. Or at least order from the fast-food diet menu.
  • The Vikings are moving WR Darius Reynaud to running back to compete for Chester Taylor‘s departed backup spot according to the Star Tribune. Reynaud is expected to compete with Ian Johnson among others.
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