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2013 NFL mock draft: Familiar faces in familiar places

The mock drafts are starting to look the same for the Rams, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about.


The Super Bowl is over, and now we can focus on the really important stuff. The St. Louis Rams damn near batted 1.000 last spring with free agency and the draft. I'll tell you now, it's going to be hard to top last year's excitement because of the deal with Washington that gave the Rams a truckload of draft picks. But two picks in the first round makes the draft plenty of fun ... even if the mock drafts are all starting to look the same.

The latest from SB Nation has a pair of familiar faces for the Rams. Let's take a look.

16. St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama - Scouting Report

Rams fans would be doing backflips if Chance Warmack is still available at the No. 16 pick. He's one of the best draft prospects to come along in some time and has more than enough ability to warrant selection in the top half of the first round.

Is Warmack going to fall all the way to No. 16? That's the big question here. Most consider him a top 10, if not top five pick, based on his outsized talent. Interior linemen have a tendency to slip further down the draft order in spite of whatever natural talent they have.

An important note: Texas safety Kenny Vacco jumps to No. 10 in this mock draft. That's significant. He's a player the Rams will likely be looking at come April. He fills a big need, and could play right away, also important since the Rams are expected to part ways with both starting safeties from last season.

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington) - Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California - Scouting Report

Keenan Allen's late-season injury is causing him to go unnoticed in the pre-draft process. Make no mistake, Allen is the best wide receiver in this class and a steal this late in the first round. He battled maddening quarterback play this past season, but he is a physical wideout with the speed to stretch the defense deep.

Allen's a guy to keep your eye on. As noted in the description, he's a player not high on the national radar, the pundit one anyway, and his circumstances at Cal leaves people guessing. I'm not comparing Allen to Julio Jones as players. Where they do have something in common is that Jones was widely considered a distant second to AJ Green in the 2011 NFL Draft. His draft stock blew up at the Combine, and the Falcons swapped a few picks of their own to move up and draft him at No. 6. Like Jones, Allen is a player who could really catch on fire once the world gets a chance to focus in on him a little.

Let's talk trades for a minute. This draft class is stocked with plenty of players capable of being everyday, above average players in the NFL. Like last year, teams could do plenty of moving around in order to get the guy that fits their needs, versus hanging back and waiting for whatever lands in their lap. There are no shortage of players who will be seen as guys to be snatched up in the second half of the first round, which could make the Rams' current real estate there attractive.