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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Rams Trade Down For A Surprise

The latest and greatest 2012 NFL Mock Draft is out over at SB Nation. Once again, it features the St. Louis Rams trading down, this time with the Washington Redskins, who look like the early favorites to make such a move in order to grab Robert Griffin III.

A trade down is likely to net the Rams Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, so says the conventional wisdom anyway. Blackmon's draft stock is getting some distinct push back lately. While unquestionably talented, he is not on par with last year's top receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones. This article at Rotoworld notes a lack of downfield playmaking ability from Blackmon, who thrived on big cushions from Big 12 corners and shorter curl routes.

The sixth pick might be too high for Blackmon.

It is not too high for another prospect, who the Rams select in this mock draft.

I have the Rams picking Riley Reiff in my latest mock draft at SB Nation.

This will come as a bit of shocker to conventional wisdom that say the receiver-needy Rams could even take Blackmon with the second pick in the draft, should they forego a swap. Jeff Fisher has said that pass protection is priority one for getting quarterback Sam Bradford back on track. Reiff can slide right into the left tackle spot, moving Rodger Saffold to the right or even inside to guard.

Already, the Rams are seen as a suitor for Vincent Jackson. They could also make an attempt to bring back Brandon Lloyd. In essence, I think they might be better suited to chase a free agent wide receiver, looking for a young receiver in the second round who possesses more potential than either of last year's receiver picks.

Remember, trading with Washington would likely net them an additional second-round pick. Either second-round pick could be paired with other picks to move up into the later part of the first round. They could also wait and see if Mohamed Sanu or Marvin Jones or some other prospect is available with their first pick in the second round.