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NFL Draft: What Should The St. Louis Rams Do?

The team has the sixth overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The St. Louis Rams already have made one of the biggest draft-related moves of the offseason, trading the second overall selection in this year's draft to the Washington Redskins, who are widely expected to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III after the Indianapolis Colts pick Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Round 1 will be held Thursday evening, rounds 2-3 on Friday night and the remainder of the draft will take place Saturday. The Rams are holding an official draft night party Thursday at  in Maryland Heights, featuring appearances by players and cheerleaders and the team's Mascot, Rampage.

At the moment, the Rams have the sixth pick, and have needs at a variety of positions, including wide receiver, cornerback, offensive line, defensive line.

Many of the "mock" drafts put together by football columnists and writers at publications around the country have the team selecting Oklahoma State University wide receiver Justin Blackmon, although some have speculated the team could choose LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, USC tackle Matt Kalil or Alabama running back Trent Richardson if they're still available. 

  • The case For Blackmon: Sam Bradford needs offensive weapons, and Blackmon, who has torched Big 12 defenses, including Missouri's, is just what the doctor ordered.
  • The case for Claiborne: Speaking of doctors, injuries destroyed the team's defensive backfield in 2011. Claiborne would be a nice match to free agent signee Cortland Finnegan.
  • The case for Kalil: The offensive line was also something of a M.A.S.H unit in 2011. If you can't protect your quarterback, it could be a repeat of last season when Bradford suffered an ankle injury that left him hobbled and out of action.
  • The case for Richardson: NFL running backs only have so much tread on their tires. Steven Jackson may have several good years left, but how far away are the Rams from being a title contender? What if you could choose his successor and then deal Jackson for picks to help rebuild the rest of the team?

If you were part of the team's braintrust, what would you do? Tell us in the comment section!

Michael de los Reyes April 26, 2012 at 06:47 AM
The Rams have a lot of holes on the team, O-Line, WR, all over the defense. Better to just trade the 6th overall pick in exchange for more draft choices. Let's be honest, the NFL Draft is really more of a lottery. Few drafted players, or first round selections, ever pan out.
Devon Seddon April 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Richardson is not Faulk, there aren't any Marshall Faulks in this draft. Additionally, if you want to 'complement' Jackson, that can be done where RB's should be drafted (unless there's a Marshall Faulk), later in the draft. We already have an overrated RB, and spending a high pick on another isn't what we need on a team with a lot of holes. It's hard to be smart in the draft, but that's EXACTLY what the Rams will need to turn this thing around, good, quality, smart, draft-picks. Good Luck (not Andrew) to the Rams.
Michael Rhodes April 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Rams traded down to 14th with the Cowboys. Get the 45th pick as well. I think this is a great move as Blackmon was off the board.
Thomas J. Stein April 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM
That's despicable. The Rams missed out on Blackmon, who was their last hope for the team staying in St. Louis. As far as I'm concerned, who cares who the Rams pick in the first-round. I am no longer a Rams fan as of right now, and I hope they continue to fail every year until they move back to L.A. In fact, I hope they move back to Los Angeles three years from now. Go, Rams. Good-bye!
Michael Rhodes April 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Rams take DT Brockers out of LSU. Was hoping they would go offensive line.

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