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The Rams are getting a guard in this one, but it's not who you think.
Ok, so the most loved prospect for St. Louis Rams fans in mock drafts right now is Alabama all-universe guard Chance Warmack. However, there's a good chance Warmack will not be there when the Rams pick at No. 16. Life is full of disappointments. Get used to it. Make the best out of it.
The latest mock draft from SB Nation has the Rams finding a way to cope without Warmack, finding another guard to beef up the offensive line. Let's review.
16. St. Louis Rams - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
The Rams have quietly put together a solid roster. One area that remains a concern, however, is the offensive line. Sam Bradford needs to get better protection if he's going to live up to the billing as the No. 1 overall pick.
Jonathan Cooper isn't far behind Chance Warmack as the draft's best guard. He's as athletic as they come and plays the position with natural technique. St. Louis would be getting a huge piece for their offensive line if Cooper is still on the board.
Warmack goes at No. 10 in this mock, and Cooper is the next best available inside lineman. He better be as advertised or else the Rams will not be picking a guard at No. 16.
And what about the other pick, the one Les Snean finagled from Washington last spring?
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Keenan Allen, WR, California
While the Rams loaded up on wide receiver on the second and third days of the 2012 NFL Draft, the team still lacks a big playmaker at the position. Keenan Allen could fall a bit on draft day due to his knee injury, but he is still the draft's top wide receiver prospect. He has the suddenness to stretch the defense deep, but Allen is also a physical wide receiver who can make plays once the ball is in his hands. Sam Bradford could use a weapon like him.
Here's the scouting report on Allen.
Let's face it, Allen is a better receiver than anyone on the Rams roster right now. The offense needs weapons, desperately. Tight end Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame is another name popping up on the Rams radar, but he's picked at No. 20 in this mock. Either one might be just fine for the Rams.