Rams GM Billy Devaney had a lively interview with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on their PFT Live program. (We will add an updated link when and if the show gets archived.) Early in the interview, Devaney pulled the curtain back on his draft board:
“I’m going to go out on a limb and say we won’t be drafting a quarterback in the first round.”
A moment later, he added “middle linebacker” to his positions he considers filled, but other than that, he says, every other position is a possibility. Let your Mark Ingram smokescreen begin in earnest.
We say that in jest, but Devaney did go into some depth on the subject of giving Steven Jackson some help in the backfield, whether he wants it or not.
On Jackson’s trend of 370+ touches per year: “We can’t continue this pace.”
On Jackson’s workhorse attitude: “He’ll be the first to tell you he wants it, he wants that workload. He doesn’t like sitting on the bench.”
On how the team will address it, though Devaney was less clear, still considering free agency an option even if the NFL . (DeAngelo Williams dreamers, this is your cue.)
The rest of the interview was wholly entertaining, including an extensive look back on the decision to draft Bradford last year, Devaney’s thoughts on Bradford’s ceiling in the NFL, and extending an open invitation to James Carville to come enjoy a Rams game from the owners’ box — any game except our home date against Carville’s Saints, that is.
>Updated: Watch a clip of Devaney discussing the decision to draft Bradford #1 in 2010.