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2012 NFL Draft: Rams Scouting Northwestern-Michigan Game

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Mike Martin #68 of the Michigan Wolverines sacks Max Shortell #11 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Mike Martin #68 of the Michigan Wolverines sacks Max Shortell #11 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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It's never too early to think about the 2012 NFL Draft, especially with so many crucial players from the St. Louis Rams on the injured reserve list. It's also great filler for the bye week, unless you'd prefer to revisit the last four games ad nauseum. Today, we have a little tidbit about where the Rams scouts will be watching college football this weekend. 

According to draft analyst Chris Steuber, the Rams will have scouts at the Big 10 showdown between Michigan and Northwestern. And which players might be of interest to the Rams?

Looking at the list, one that immediately jumped out at me was Michigan center David Molk. A first-team all Big 10 player last year, Molk is also known for his leadership abilities. One of the higher ranked centers in this draft class, Molk is known for quick feet and athleticism, but has big concerns about his size and strength at just 288 lbs. I'm still anxious to see what the Rams can get out of Tim Barnes, currently on the practice squad. 

Michigan DT Mike Martin is another interesting prospect for the Rams 4-3 defense. 

Northwestern OT Al Netter is an interesting mid-round prospect. Free safety Brian Peters is another late-round player that might get some attention for his smarts and toughness.