RAMS WILLING TO DEAL NO. 2 DRAFT PICK

"The St. Louis Rams are willing to trade the second overall pick of the April
draft.
<p class="shsParagraph2">Chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said Tuesday that
the team would make a deal under the right circumstances, but has not made any
commitments despite a report late Monday that a trade had already been decided.
He said new coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead went to the NFL
combine with an open mind. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph3">"I think coach Fisher and Les have been upfront that we
will listen to offers for the (hash)2 pick," Demoff said in an email to The
Associated Press. "I didn't see anything in the report that differed from their
statements." </p>
<p class="shsParagraph4">Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are
expected to go 1-2 in the draft, with Indianapolis holding the top pick. The
Rams need plenty of help but are set at quarterback with Sam Bradford, the
first overall pick in 2010. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph5">Among a group of perhaps 50 or 60 players that the Rams
are believed to have interviewed at the combine are Southern California
offensive tackle Matt Kalil and Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Blackmon, a pair
who would fill obvious holes. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph6">While the Colts are widely expected to take Luck as the
eventual heir to Peyton Manning, it
is Griffin who has sparked the speculation. Last year's Heisman Trophy winner
from Baylor is seen as a good fit with a number of teams, increasing the
likelihood of the Rams dealing the second pick in a bid to stock up. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph7">But the draft is still two months away and free agency
has not begun. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph8">Fisher, hired in January, has consistently maintained he
has a high regard for Bradford and believes he can become a star. Fisher
dismissed last season's performance to a large extent because of injuries to
Bradford and his offensive line, plus a time shortage getting accustomed to
offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' system because of the lockout.
</p><p class="shsParagraph9">Bradford missed six games with a high left ankle sprain
playing behind an injury riddled line. Tackles Rodger Saffold and
Jason Smith, and
guard Jacob Bell
ended the season on injured reserve. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph10">The defense also needs help after threatening the
franchise record for yards allowed. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph11">Fisher and Snead were hired after the Rams' 2-14 season
tied for the NFL's worst. They were just 10-38 in three seasons under coach
Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired along with general manager Billy Devaney.
McDaniels is also gone." </p>