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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Rams Sitting On Gold With Second Pick

Here's a very special 2012 NFL Mock Draft for you, mine. I created a late-season mock draft for SB Nation NFL today that hopefully spurs some thinking on the issue. Many of the names on the list have yet to decide whether or not to make the jump to the NFL. I left them in for now, until they otherwise give notice. And how did this 2012 NFL Mock Draft shake out for the Rams?

Picking second, it's hard to give them anyone other than USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, who is still undecided about making the jump. Kalil may very well decide to stay in school. That's fine because I don't think the Rams will end up drafting him anyway.

Four of the five teams picking in the top five have young quarterbacks they are building around, first-round picks. With all the hype surrounding Baylor's Robert Griffin III and, to a lesser extent, Matt Barkley at USC you can bet there will be some horse trading. A new rookie salary structure removes the hurdles that once kept teams from making draft day deals into the top ten picks. The Rams will most likely be trading down, and that's a good thing.

Depending on what St. Louis fetches for a trade down, there are several players available in the first round that make lots of sense for the Rams. It could be Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Standford OG David DeCastro, Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd, or numerous others that fit one of man big needs.

Personally, I'm of the mind that the Rams need playmakers on offense. If you're okay with the current configuration of receivers and running backs behind Steven Jackson, then by all means.