2012 NFL Mock Draft: Two Different Visions For The St. Louis Rams

It's getting to the point where the mock drafts are making my head spin. In essence, the flood of information has made the St. Louis Rams' sixth pick into a guessing game, from the outside anyway. All we can do is imagine the different scenarios that might potentially unfold in that spot.

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To get you thinking on a Saturday morning, I thought we'd take a quick look at a couple mocks from the guys over at CBS Sports, Rob Rang and Dane Brugler.

Rang's mock has the Rams picking Morris Claiborne, a player that would be hard to refuse if he fell to them in the sixth spot. Blackmon and RIchardson get picked ahead of him in this scenario. Here's Rang's take:

In signing cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a five-year, $50 million dollar deal as their first move in free agency, the Rams took a significant step in improving their secondary. The team still lacks depth at the position and would likely nab Claiborne, the unquestioned top cornerback in 2012 draft and a more technically refined player than Patrick Peterson, his former LSU teammate taken fifth overall by Arizona last year.

Claiborne would give the Rams some really solid depth with Bradley Fletcher, if he can overcome a second ACL tear in his right knee, and Jerome Murphy. Given the relatively low cost of entry for signing draft picks, I would not be surprised to see some team move up for Claiborne. Maybe. This is a deep class of cornerbacks.

Brugler goes another direction. He has the Rams taking Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State, passing over Justin Blackmon.

With the Rams moving back four spots, their draft options open considerably. Along with free agent Kendall Langford, St. Louis has added recent top draft choices on the defensive line (Chris Long, Robert Quinn), but that won't stop them from continuing to strengthen their front. Cox is just scratching the surface of his ability and will continue to improve as he develops.

Talent is talent, and they could find a way to play Cox, though he and Langford are similar players. Of course, the Rams aren't paying Langford to be depth, but we do they are looking at defensive tackles. Michael Brockers and Jerel Worthy are both scheduled for pre-draft visits.

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