Allen Kim

Bradford Told Of Manziel Smokescreen By Rams

Created on May. 08, 2014 11:15 AM EST

There have been a number of rumors surrounding the St. Louis Rams and their No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, with Johnny Manziel being the most high-profile name linked to the team. Rumors of Sam Bradford potentially being traded have also surfaced as a result, but it appears to be nothing more than a smokescreen.

Appearing at a pre-draft event, coach Jeff Fischer got up on stage and told the crowd, with Bradford standing next to him, “Sam’s our guy.” That’s about as strong an endorsement as you can get, and it should quell any fears of Bradford getting traded away.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that the Rams informed Bradford that all the rumors of their interest in Manziel are nothing but a smokescreen, which would mean that his position in St. Louis is secure. The rumors were likely generated by the Rams in order to drum up interest in their pick, which many believe has been for sale for some time now.

“Right now we’ve got the scouts in,” Rams GM Les Snead said. “We’ve been meeting with those guys somewhat individually.

“They’ve smelled the guys and felt the guys (in a figurative sense) more than anybody else in the building. We kind of get their thoughts. We’re meeting again with the coaching staff, talking scheme fits.”

Of all the top-rated prospects in this class, St. Louis isn’t in dire need to take any of them. If they can’t find a trade partner, they’re likely to settle on the best prospect on their draft board instead of trying to fill any specific need. Sammy Watkins could potentially fill both, but the Rams are likely to take one of the top tackles in that scenario.

“What’s Houston gonna do?” Snead said. “I think that’s why we’ve always said this stuff may really come down to (the Texans) make the pick, and you’ve got 10 minutes.”

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