Post-Dispatch mock draft: Blackmon to Rams

2012-04-26T17:40:00Z 2012-05-15T20:11:03Z Post-Dispatch mock draft: Blackmon to RamsBY JIM THOMAS stltoday.com
April 26, 2012 5:40 pm  • 

Beat writers in each NFL city make the pick for the team they cover, with Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch making the Rams' selection.


1. INDIANAPOLIS: Andrew Luck • QB • Stanford

Colts are starting over, and Luck has the tough task of replacing a legend.

2. WASHINGTON: Robert Griffin III • QB • Baylor

Lots of pressure on RGIII because Redskins gave up king's ransom for him.

3. MINNESOTA: Matt Kalil • OT • Southern California

Vikings trying to trade down, but if not, they take the best LT in draft.

4. CLEVELAND: Trent Richardson • RB • Alabama

WR is biggest need, but Browns have huge hole in backfield as well.

5. TAMPA BAY: Luke Kuechly • LB • Boston College

Our first curveball. Bucs pass on Claiborne; this looks like reach for LB help.

6. RAMS: Justin Blackmon • WR • Oklahoma State

Barring a trade down, how can the Rams pass on best receiver in draft?

7. JACKSONVILLE: Morris Claiborne • CB • Louisiana State

Have greater need for pass-rushing help, but go with best player available.

8. MIAMI: Fletcher Cox • DT • Mississippi State

Another surprise because most think QB Ryan Tannehill could be picked here.

9. CAROLINA: Quinton Coples • DE • North Carolina

After finishing 28th in total defense in 2011, Panthers seek to boost pass rush.

10. BUFFALO: Stephon Gilmore • CB • South Carolina

Floyd and Barron are considerations; Kuechly's gone; Reiff's a reach here.

11. KANSAS CITY: David DeCastro • OG • Stanford

Not a great area of need, but Chiefs stay true to form and go with safe pick.

12. SEATTLE: Ryan Tannehill • QB • Texas A&M

Team takes QB in 1st round for first time since '93 — even after signing Matt Flynn.

13. ARIZONA: Melvin Ingram • LB/DE • South Carolina

The mini-slide stops here for Ingram, who many thought would be top 10 pick.

14. DALLAS: Mark Barron • S • Alabama

Some think he might go higher, but Cowboys have had eyes on him for a while.

15. PHILADELPHIA: Riley Reiff • OT • Iowa

Insurance in case Demetress Bell isn't the answer replacing Jason Peters.

16. NEW YORK JETS: Chandler Jones • DE • Syracuse

Conventional wisdom says this is high for Jones, but Jets do need pass-rusher.

17. CINCINNATI: Michael Floyd • WR • Notre Dame

Young Bengals offense gets what could be great No. 2 receiver to complement A.J. Green.

18. SAN DIEGO: Shea McClellin • OLB • Boise State

Team's top 3 outside linebackers are all entering final year of their contracts.

19. CHICAGO: Michael Brockers • DT • Louisiana State

After losing two DTs over the offseason, picking Brockers here makes sense.

20. TENNESSEE: Dre Kirkpatrick • CB • Alabama

Poe, Mercilus tempting, but Titans instead take Cortland Finnegan's replacement.

21. CINCINNATI: Courtney Upshaw • LB/DE • Alabama

Upshaw to be Bengals' first 1st-round defender drafted since LB Keith Rivers in '08.

22. CLEVELAND: Kendall Wright • WR • Baylor

After passing on Blackmon at No. 4, Browns rectify that by taking dynamic Wright.

23. DETROIT: Cordy Glenn • G/T • Georgia

Lions haven't picked this low since '93; opt for more protection for QB Stafford.

24. PITTSBURGH: Dontari Poe • DT • Memphis

Rarely do the Steelers pass on a defensive lineman with potential to be outstanding.

25. DENVER: Coby Fleener • TE • Stanford

As Dallas Clark will tell you, Peyton Manning loves throwing to his tight ends.

26. HOUSTON: Whitney Mercilus • LB/DE • Illinois

With Mario Williams now in Buffalo, Mercilus helps right away as big pass rusher.

27. NEW ENGLAND: Dont'a Hightower • LB • Alabama

A versatile, safe, smart pick who's well-schooled by Belichick buddy Nick Saban.

28. GREEN BAY: Peter Konz • C • Wisconsin

Jeff Saturday turns 37 in June, may only be a one-year rental; Konz gets 2012 to learn.

29. BALTIMORE: Mike Adams • OT • Ohio St.

Will push Bryant McKinnie, who has year left on contract, and eventually replace him.

30. SAN FRANCISCO: Amini Silatolu • G • Midwestern State

On an already-stacked roster, this fills only position (RG) without clear-cut starter.

31. NEW ENGLAND: Jerel Worthy • DT • Michigan State

Patriots need some young blood up front, and Worthy has some inside pass-rush skill.

32. NEW YORK GIANTS: Stephen Hill • WR • Georgia Tech

He'll add speedy depth at wideout for the defending Super Bowl champions.

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