2012 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Have Stranglehold on a Superstar

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 1, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates after Oklahoma State Cowboys won 41-38 in overtime against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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If you want trade intrigue and draft-altering decisions that will have ripple effects long after April 26, you only have to look at the St. Louis Rams

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts may be the most hyped subplot heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, but the Rams hold all the keys to shaping football for years to come. 

Let's begin my stating the painfully obvious for those not so inclined—The Colts will take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall selection. 

The fact that they hold that pick has put the future of Peyton Manning, one of the greatest to play the game, in doubt. 

So they better make good on the hype and take the best quarterback on the board. 

In a sense, the draft begins with the Rams, who hold a volatile pick at No. 2. 

Here are just a couple ways the Rams could go with it, and the ramifications of such selections. 


Matt Kalil: OT USC

This still remains the pick I am fond of for the Rams, and serves as the baseline for all other scenarios. 

The Rams saw Sam Bradford's production take a hit in 2011, and a lot of that was due to a soft line that saw Bradford get hit far too often. 

Kalil is more than insurance.  This kind of talent would boost every last aspect of the offense and would be just what this team needs. 

After this pick, you will see a great deal of shuffling going on.  The Washington Redskins love Robert Griffin III and are fearful that the Cleveland Browns would snag him ahead of them. 

We could see a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, or a talent like Morris Claiborne sliding to Washington. 

You would never say that the LSU corner would have to be a consolation prize, but that's what we are looking at. 


Justin Blackmon: WR Oklahoma State

There's also a need for a receiver worth his salt on the line.  Justin Blackmon is a beast and would be a star for St. Louis. 

If the Rams go this way, you still have the Redskins pining for RG3, but now the best offensive lineman in the nation is on the board. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be able to pass that up, making Griffin, Trent Richardson and Claiborne available for the lucky teams in waiting. 



The smart move may be getting youth from the Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins or any other team that is drooling over RG3 at the moment. 

The Rams could still answer one of the bigger question marks and get a couple more picks out of the deal.  This may be where coach Jeff Fisher heads. 


Michael Brockers: DT LSU

We have to consider that Fisher's hire changes things up a great deal. 

He may be looking to beef up the defense and Michael Brockers' name is one that will be drummed up as the perfect player to bring some grit to that side of the ball. 

Armageddon would ensue with so many great players remaining on the board. 

More likely, the Rams trade down for a player who, at least for the moment, is sitting down in the second half of the top 10 of most mock drafts. 

As you can see, the Rams hold a great deal of power as to how the NFL will be shaped after April 26.