St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney.
KSDK -- The Rams like Sam Bradford. But do they like him enough to rest the future of the team's offense on his recently rehabbed shoulder?
The Rams scheduled a private workout for Bradford on April 19 to get one last look at the quarterback before making a final decision.
Sam Bradford looked like his old self earlier this week at Pro Day in Norman. He showed an impressive degree of accuracy, hitting almost all his targets. Equally impressive is that Bradford looked so strong after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder as recently as October 29.
Rams General Manager Bill Devaney liked what he saw, but wants to make sure Bradford doesn't have any setbacks as the draft draws closer. "If he winds up being the guy you want to make sure something doesn't happen," Devaney told NewsChannel 5's Frank Cusumano during a Wednesday morning interview. Devaney said someone with the team would even call the day of the draft to make sure everything is still OK with Bradford and other top prospects.
He said other quarterback candidates the Rams will consider are Texas' Colt McCoy and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen. Devaney and other Rams officials will look at those two prospects next week and see how they could fit into the team's future.
So if they draft one of those three, what happens to Marc Bulger? "I love the guy... he is the consummate professional and we are going to be as fair as we can be to Marc Bulger but with that being said, we're also going to be as fair as we can be to the St. Louis Rams," Devaney explained.
The Rams have more positions to consider than just quarterback. If they don't take a QB in the first round, their top defensive prospect would be Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska.
The team also needs to find protection for its new quarterback. Bulger, who at one time was one of the most accurate passers in the league, has been battered due to a porous offensive line.
They could also trade down and take some veteran players in exchange for their invaluable first pick. "We'll listen to anyone.. that's our job to make this team better... we're going to make this team better and we just have to think about the best way to do that."
Lastly, Devaney said of the team's first pick in the draft, "the press conference will be great and everyone will be excited but that only goes so far... it still has to be the right player getting out on the field and contributing and not just next year but long term.. this guy has to be a fixture of our organization for years to come."
Watch all of Devaney's interview in the video to the right.