It's early, but needless to say, the 2012 NFL mock drafts do not view the St. Louis Rams very favorably. In most cases, the Rams are picking among the top three. Why wouldn't they be? Right now, the Rams are one of three NFL teams still looking for their first win...in week 7.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com released a new mock draft this week. He has the Rams picking third, not high enough to get involved in any Andrew Luck horse trading. And who does Rang have the Rams taking?
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Our Mizzou fans will get a look at Blackmon up close and personal today when the Tigers take on the Cowboys. I suspect you'll see why the debate rages among draftniks as to whether Blackmon or South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery is the top wide receiver available in the draft. Blackmon has super skills, but Jeffery has the kind of size the NFL loves in top receivers. Expect this debate to really amp up as we get closer to the Combine.
Here's Rang's reasoning on the Blackmon pick for the Rams:
The Rams invested heavily this past season in wide receivers who hopefully will develop some chemistry with young star quarterback, Sam Bradford. If Billy Devaney is once again picking in the top five, however, that plan hasn't worked. As such, it would be tough to pass on the playmaking Blackmon.
This year's draft should open up a wide ranging debate among drafniks and Rams fans about the direction to take. A number of folks will want to use a high pick on the offensive line or even the defensive line, somewhere along the foundation like that. I think the Rams need to start taking the best skill players they can find.
Like starting pitching in baseball, in the NFL you can never have enough top level skill players. The Rams can't afford another season of trying to bluff their way through with spare parts at wide receiver, etc.