The NFL season is over. We can now turn out full attention to the 2012 NFL Draft, which, of course, we've already kind of done given the Rams' 2-14 finish to the season. To limber up your drafty spirits, let's take a quick look at one of the more interesting 2012 NFL Mock Drafts of the season so far.
This one comes from Rotoworld. They did not include any trades in this mock, which is probably the safest route this time of year, prior to free agency.
The Rotoworld crew has the Rams drafting USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil. Here's their reasoning behind the pick:
The Rams knew early that former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith would bust. Rodger Saffold has not worked out on the blind side and will likely move to right tackle under new coach Jeff Fisher. While Kalil must add muscle to realize his run-blocking potential, he will be a huge plus in pass protection from day one. Early-career hits are becoming a major concern for young quarterback Sam Bradford. He's taken 70 sacks and been forced to fumble 17 times in his first 26 games.
I suspect the Rams will listen to trade offers, but will not feel bound to take anything they don't want because of the presence of Matt Kalil.
Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer have been pretty clear that improving the pass protection will be a top priority this year. Drafting Kalil would give them a cornerstone left tackle at half the cost of trying to sign a free agent.
That concludes the Rams part of this mock. It gets really interesting after that. LOTS of surprise picks.