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Don't like Mel Kiper's pick? Other options abound on the DL

Maybe the idea of the St. Louis Rams drafting Illinois DT Corey Liuget in the first round, as was suggested by Mel Kiper in his latest mock draft, doesn't tickle your fancy. Fair enough. There are plenty of directions Billy Devaney could go with his team's first round pick this year.

Perhaps you're in the Aldon Smith camp, a player whose draft stock is expected to get a big boost at the Combine. Smith looks like he could be a dominant pass rusher at the NFL level. He can also play on the inside as well as the outside, a Spagnuolo preferred trait among defensive linemen. 

The good news for teams in need of defensive linemen is that this is a decent draft class. No, it may not have another Ndamukong Suh, but smart teams can find decent talent if they do their homework. And the Rams have been doing their homework. Amidst the prospect all-star games last month personnel from the Rams spoke with two DT prospects: North Carolina's Marvin Austin and South Florida's Terrell McClain. 

Mocking the Draft has a complete scouting report out today on McClain. He's not as complete of a prospect as Liuget, but he does have the quickness to play in the 3-technique role. Based on this scouting report, he's a high motor guy that could use some polishing. Playing on a Rams d-line next to Fred Robbins, James Hall and Chris Long could be like DT graduate school for him.