NFL Draft: All Mind Games Aside, Sorry Cleveland, Sam's a Ram

Samuel IngroAnalyst IApril 2, 2010

All the trade talk in the world isn't enough to make Sam Bradford a Cleveland Brown. It would take a monumental trade package that a rebuilding team like Cleveland is in absolutely no position to offer.

Speculation arose when Mike Holmgren made it publicly known he's a big fan of Bradford:

"I like Sam a lot. Yeah, I like him a lot," said Holmgren. "He's a fine player."

At the time, the general consensus was that Jimmy Clausen could be drafted first overall because of Bradford's surgically repaired shoulder status being relatively unknown. His Pro Day this month, however, revealed that he was better than just healthy.

Analyst Gil Brandt stated Bradford's Pro Day was the best he's seen since Troy Aikman's, with Bradford completing 63 of 64 passes—the sole incompletion being a dropped ball.

With such an impressive day relieving many teams of their doubts, it now seems that Bradford is a lock for the No. 1 spot.

But like any good general manager would, the owner of that pick (Billy Devaney of the St. Louis Rams) has already started the mind games that are always involved in the NFL Draft.

He stated publicly that he'll be willing to trade the first pick for a collection of other draft picks, while at the same time setting up a private workout with the third ranked quarterback in the draft, Colt McCoy.

It's not to say that Cleveland is out of the running completely, but what exactly would it take for Holmgren to get his hands on the No. 1 selection?

The Rams' first pick is at a value of 3000 points. Standard draft logic states that to pry that spot away from GM Billy Devaney it'll take a small fortune in prospects.

To put it into perspective, Cleveland's entire draft, all ten picks, add up to only 2696.5 points. That still leaves them a low second round pick (304 points) away from making the deal.

A 2011 first round pick is worth a total of 590 points, since you can't guarantee another team that you won't win the Super Bowl the following season, regardless of how unlikely it may be in this case.

To hit the magical number of 3000, Cleveland would have to give up their 2011 first round pick, their 2010 first round pick, their 2010 second round pick, and their first two 2010 third picks—bringing the total to 3010.

As stated before, it's a small fortune in picks, along with a guaranteed $40 million salary, which is why the No. 1 pick is practically untouchable.

As Rams GM Devaney put it, "They may be thinking...'OK, we may like Sam Bradford a lot, but we like Jimmy Clausen just about almost as much. Why should we give up picks and go up and get St. Louis's pick?'"

He would be right in his line of thinking, with so many scouts saying Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy could be genuine starters in the NFL, why sell out your entire draft to get a shot at Bradford?

"We have some areas that we have to address that are as crucial now immediately as the quarterback thing," said Holmgren. "This is probably the only year we have all of these draft picks, so we have to be wise in how we do that."

Bradford is a tempting prospect, and he very well may be the next Troy Aikman, but the cost is simply too great. Like it or not, next season, Sam's a Ram.