Rams are fine with No. 14 pick, even with more homework

The St. Louis Rams are accustomed to making early picks in NFL drafts -- they took Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford No. 1 last year after grabbing Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith in 2009 and Virginia defensive end Chris Long in 2008 at No. 2 -- but they will be comfortable at No. 14 next week.

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The Rams, who went 7-9 last season and just missed the playoffs after going a league-worst 1-15 in 2009, aren't ruling out a trade to move up or down in the first round of the April 28-30 draft, but they're not expecting to make a deal and are happy to sit tight.

"Chances are we're going to stay right at 14, and we'll be fine," Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We have a really good feeling that there will be a couple of guys there that we'll be thrilled to have. It's probably not worth our while to give up picks to make a move to go get a particular guy."

It's easier preparing for the Nos. 1 or 2 picks than it is for No. 14, acknowledged Rams officials, who must do more homework in advance of their first-round selection.

"In those two hours (between the first and 14th picks), a lot of things can happen," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "A lot of phone calls, guys go off the board. Every time one guy goes off the board, it changes something. Is there a guy there you still want? Is there four guys there you still want?"

Said Devaney: "There are more scenarios that we're playing with at 14. But we have a decent feel for the possibilities. We'll just be ready to react however it falls."

Devaney said the Rams would "take the same approach we've taken in years past: Pick the best player available."

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