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    Associated Press

    Updated: April 6, 2010, 10:13 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS -- A day after the St. Louis Rams released Marc Bulger, general manager Billy Devaney said it's far from certain that the team will take a quarterback with the first pick of the draft.

    Smoke screens are typical this time of the year, but Devaney told the AP in a telephone interview Tuesday that the game plan hasn't changed even though the move leaves them with three inexperienced quarterbacks on the roster. Devaney said several players remain under consideration for the No. 1 pick, and refused to tip his hand whether Oklahoma's Sam Bradford was at the top of the list.

    A couple of weeks ago we were at Suh's workout and we left and said 'Oh my gosh, this guy's really something!' A week before that we watched Gerald McCoy and it was like 'Oh my gosh, this guy's really something!' It's like a beauty contest, you can't go wrong. One is more beautiful than the other. -- Rams GM Billy Devaney

    The Rams will attend pro workout days for two more quarterbacks, Texas' Colt McCoy and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, on Thursday and Friday, and remain impressed with Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

    St. Louis has scheduled a second private workout with Bradford about a week before the draft, set for April 22-24.

    "We haven't come close to deciding," the GM said.

    So far, Devaney said there have been "zero" discussions with other teams interested in trading up for the pick, and didn't anticipate any such conversations until perhaps just before the draft.

    The Rams were among teams who gushed after Bradford's workout a week ago. He's the presumed front-runner for the top pick after convincing observers that season-ending shoulder surgery in October was a success, although Suh was considered to be No. 1 shortly after the season.

    "A couple of weeks ago we were at Suh's workout and we left and said 'Oh my gosh, this guy's really something!'" Devaney said. "A week before that we watched Gerald McCoy and it was like 'Oh my gosh, this guy's really something!'

    "It's like a beauty contest, you can't go wrong. One is more beautiful than the other."

    Releasing Bulger, their starter since 2003, leaves the Rams with veteran backup A.J. Feeley and two players coming off their rookie seasons. Feeley, who'll be 33 in May, has 15 career starts in 10 seasons. Keith Null, who started the last four games after Bulger was sidelined with a fractured left shin bone and backup Kyle Boller was ineffective, had nine interceptions with three touchdown passes. Mike Reilly was a late-season pickup who has yet to make his NFL debut.

    Devaney would not confirm a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Bulger, who was released on his 33rd birthday, had asked to be cut loose.

    He said he'd be comfortable with either Feeley or Null running the show next season.

    Though the general manager said he was "absolutely fried" mentally from wall-to-wall draft meetings in recent weeks, he was an enthusiastic participant in a meet-and-greet with fans later Tuesday night at a downtown restaurant. Devaney, who remembered being a draftnik before joining the NFL, said it was his idea to mingle.

    "It's unbelievable just how much interest there is in the draft, and I know what kind of passion these guys have," Devaney said. "So I thought it would be cool just to meet with them and just talk draft stuff.

    "I love doing it. I love talking about it anytime."

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    Re: Devaney: Rams still weighing options ..

    Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
    He said he'd be comfortable with either Feeley or Null running the show next season.
    Just like last year when he said he was comfortable with Jacob Bell playing right tackle

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      Re: Devaney: Rams still weighing options ..

      Still think Devaney's completely honest Avenger?

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        Re: Devaney: Rams still weighing options ..

        Although I think think that Bradford will almost certainly be the pick, I still like to hold on to the hope that there are other possibilities.
        For example, if Devaney and company are impressed enough with McCoy, Clausen or whomever after their pro day or at a private workout, maybe, just maybe they would come away thinking that Suh/McCoy, Suh/Clausen, Suh/whomever would be as good an option as Bradford while actually addressing two areas of need.
        Not highly likely but I'm keeping the hope alive. That's what makes the draft interesting for me.

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          Re: Devaney: Rams still weighing options ..

          According to Billy Devaney, we are also interested in bringing back former NFL corner "Pacman" Jones to be our cornerbacks coach.

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            But as the NFL converges today in Indianapolis for the six-day gridiron job fair known as the NFL scouting combine, four names stand out for St. Louis: defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma and quarterbacks Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.

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            "The medical (reports) will be important for both those quarterbacks," Devaney said. "And we want to see Colt McCoy's (medical info) to a lesser degree."

            McCoy, the quarterback from Texas, suffered an injury to his throwing arm early in the BCS championship game against Alabama.

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