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2011 NFL mock draft roundup, Monday, March 28

Grab your rain coat. Mock drafts are falling from the sky, flooding the streets with predictions. Let's take a look at a few of some big ones that dropped today and see if we can glean any insight whatsoever as to who the St. Louis Rams might be picking at #14 in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

SBNation rolled out a new one this morning. No Julio Jones for the Rams, but they did pick up a pass rusher who ought to be pretty familiar to local football fans. DE Aldon Smith is a name getting some air play lately, as both a potential Rams draft pick and a hotly debated prospect. 

There's a good chance that Smith goes higher than this pick; if he's available, he'd make a superb complement to Chris Long as the open-side speed rusher in Steve Spagnuolo's defense.

Smith has a rawness about him still, having opted for the pros after his redshirt sophomore campaign. Evaluators wonder about his run defense, which could limit his playing time as a rookie. I don't think too many TST readers would be disappointed if the Rams picked Smith.

Three more mocks below the fold.

Evan Silva of NBC Sports (you might know him best for his work at Rotoworld) dropped a mock draft today, the only one with the Rams picking up Julio Jones. 

We know for sure Jones isn't getting past the Rams; the question is whether he'll make it to them. February foot surgery made it a bit more likely, and the chances will increase dramatically if the Redskins don't draft Jones with the No. 10 overall pick.

Washington did not take Jones in Silva's mock. He had Mike Shanahan's team picking Jake Locker at #10 instead. 

Rob Rang and Chad Reuter from and CBS Sports rolled out new mocks today too. Starting with Rang, he has the Rams going defense. It's a player you should be familiar with, as Mel Kiper connected him with the Rams in his latest mock draft: Illinois DT Corey Liuget

With the top two receivers long gone, the Rams will likely turn their attention to a defensive line that Steve Spagnuolo and his staff worked wonders with last season. Former No. 2 overall pick Chris Long began to establish himself as one of the league's better young all-around defensive ends and the Rams coaxed strong seasons out of journeymen defensive linemen James Hall (10.5 sacks) and Fred Robbins. With Hall and Robbins each past their prime at age 34, the Rams are likely to spend a top pick on a defensive lineman. Liuget isn't getting the hype of a Marcell Dareus or Nick Fairley, but the junior three-technique boosted his stock at his recent Pro Day -- a workout three members of the Rams' staff were on hand to see.

Rang had the Bengals taking Jones at #4 and Washington going with Green at #10. As for Liuget, it's not a stretch. A report this weekend from Wes Bunting at the National Football Post said that Liuget is a player that the Rams "are said to have a lot of interest in."

Chad Reuter predicts the Rams drafting North Carolina DE Robert Quinn

James Hall had a nice 2010, but Quinn's upside and Chris Long's improvement could give the Rams a great pass rush duo for years to come.

Defensive linemen are a popular pick for the Rams in mock draft because a) there are a number of talented defensive linemen in the first round of this draft, and b) it is a major need for the Rams and filling it now would prevent a gap in player transitions. 

Reuter included a second round in his mock in which the Rams drafted Miami WR Leonard Hankerson

The takeaway: It's clear that nobody has any idea about what the Rams will do in the 2011 NFL Draft's first round.