The St. Louis Rams would like to move down in the 2012 NFL Draft if possible. What would they do if they did move down?
Friend of the site Will Brinson at CBS Sports rolled out a mock draft today. To the delight of trade rumor mongers everywhere, Brinson packs it full of movement. In this scenario the St. Louis Rams make a move down the draft order, something head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead have been openly willing to consider.
Brinson imagines a trade between the Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, something we discussed yesterday in this post. Kansas City would be trading up for Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the next most likely trade target in this draft.
The Rams would move down to the Chiefs' 11th spot, and with that pick they select Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox.
Everyone wants to peg a receiver or a lineman to the Rams, but when has Jeff Fisher drafted those positions in the first round? Answer: once, when he took Kevin Dyson in 1998. He prefers to build his defense in the first round, and with Claiborne gone, he grabs a potential Haynesworth without the problems.
Fisher did draft Kenny Britt in 2009 with the 30th pick, something Brinson and I talked about on Twitter. The point remains. Fisher's preferences aside, the Rams could make up far more ground on defense this season than the other side of the ball. Adding Cox to the mix with Kendall Langford, Chris Long and Robert Quinn would give the Rams a very nice looking front four, and a miserable experience for opposing quarterbacks.