Is Bradford the 1? Rams put QB through unscripted workout

The St. Louis Rams don't know if they will select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in next week's NFL draft, but they're exhaustively researching the possibility.

Less than three weeks after general manager Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo watched Bradford throw at his pro day, Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and quarterbacks coach Dick Curl put the signal-caller through the paces at an individual workout Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

According to the Post-Dispatch, the Rams dictated the entire session, which was held at the University of Oklahoma, and forced Bradford to react to numerous situations.

Bradford is widely expected to be the Rams' top selection. He's rated the best quarterback in the draft by most analysts, including NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

Even if the Rams trade the pick, it remains likely that Bradford would go No. 1 anyway. Cleveland Browns officials said they have talked with the Rams about trading up to choose Bradford, and other teams reportedly have shown interest in such a maneuver, too.

Devaney said Friday during a chat on the Rams' official Web site that he couldn't discuss any possible deals.

"There's a lot going on right now," Devaney said. "So as not to mislead anyone, I am going to have to stay away from any trade talks at this point."

Devaney did say that the team enjoyed its Tuesday visit with Bradford in St. Louis.

"It went just as expected," Devaney said. "He's a classy guy. Everybody in the building was very impressed with the way he carried himself. He also let it be known to anyone who would listen how he dunked on (defensive tackle) Gerald McCoy at Oklahoma."

McCoy also is a possibility at No. 1, but Devaney said the Rams are "still working through" the decision to take a quarterback who they must develop or a defensive tackle who might make an immediate impact.

NFL.com's Steve Wyche reported that the Rams are keeping their options open, so contract negotiations haven't begun with Bradford. Under NFL rules, the team that holds the No. 1 pick can discuss contract details with prospects before the draft.

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