With only hours remaining before the 2010 NFL Draft begins, St. Louis Rams GM Billy Devaney is still listening to trade offers. Multiple sources continue to report feelers from the Browns, Redskins, and Steelers.
According to Bernie Miklasz, a local sportswriter in St. Louis, there is virtually no chance that Devaney would trade the pick before the draft's 7:30 p.m. ET start, but he is still listening to offers anyhow.
Notwithstanding, in a video interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm broadcast this morning, Tom Condon (Sam Bradford's agent) may have even hinted that he is prepared for a scenario much like the one that unfolded in the 2004 draft. That was the year the Chargers selected Eli Manning and subsequently executed a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants.
Many different scenarios have have been discussed. The latest involves a three-way deal in which the Steelers send Ben Roethlisberger to the Raiders in exchange for the eighth pick in the draft, and the Steelers send both the eighth and 18th picks to St. Louis for the absolute number one.
Should the Rams still hold the absolute number one at game time, they appear ready to send their card to the podium. According to the NFL Network's Path to the Draft, Devaney conducted a committee vote yesterday afternoon. The result was nearly unanimous, and there was a strong consensus. The result of that vote is not known, but all sources indicate that Bradford won the election.
This would still leave the 2004 draft scenario on the table.
As a side note, reports surfaced in the past 24 hours that the Rams' greatest concern regarding young Bradford is his knee, not his shoulder, as so many suppose. This report contradicts those that state Bradford's medical history consists only one injury: His shoulder.
In a matter of hours, we will see what happens.