Brian Galliford's new mock for SBN has the Rams taking Cameron Jordan, the disruptive DE from Cal, in the first round. It's a bit surprising as many pundits are pushing Jordan to a 3-4 scheme, but it's certainly plausible that he could end up on a four-man line.
It touches on a larger question for Ram fans though. With so much talent available in this year's draft on the defensive line, there's an issue of role that needs to be addressed at end. Much like the running back position where arguments can be made as to whether the Rams should pursue a rusher with a style similar to Steven Jackson or if a smaller, quicker complement to AxJax would benefit the offense most, if the Rams are looking at James Hall's birthdate and looking for a replacement, the question of whether they need a larger, physical force or a quicker, more agile threat has to be addressed.
If the Rams are looking for the former, then options like Jordan, Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Wisconsin's J.J. Watt or Cameron Heyward of the Ohio State all fit the bill. Should they look for a smaller, faster edge rusher, North Carolina's Robert Quinn, local Mizzou sophomore stud Aldon Smith and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan would be in play. It's something that we haven't talked about much, but with the Combine looming, it's a topic that's certain to get discussed with more frequency.