2012 NFL Draft: Who Should the St. Louis Rams Target with the 6th Overall Pick?

Casey CrailCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State catches a pass during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After trading down four spots with the Washington Redskins, the St. Louis Rams have found themselves in a position to bolster the roster over the next several years through the draft.

With a plethora of needs on both offense and defense, the Rams cannot afford to miss with the sixth overall pick regardless of a free agency that brought in quality starters in Cortland Finnegan, Kendall Langford, and Scott Wells.

The obvious target would be standout Oklahoma State wide receiver, Justin Blackmon, however it remains to be seen whether or not Blackmon would be available, as well as whether the Rams have interest.

A defensive tackle, such as Dontari Poe or Michael Brockers, could be in play to line up next to Langford and form a great line with Chris Long and Robert Quinn as the ends.

Another common prospect across mock drafts is Morris Claiborne, as Finnegan will start on one side and it remains to be seen who will be brought in as the other.

The left tackle position needs to be addressed as well, and Riley Reiff would be available, however sixth overall would be a reach, and Reiff may be better suited on the right side of the line.

A dark horse for the selection would be Trent Richardson as the eventual replacement for Steven Jackson. Richardson would likely be the best player on the board, and Jeff Fisher loves to run the ball.

The Rams have many needs and are likely a few years from contention, however with the addition of several key free agents and multiple first-round picks, there is a bright future in St. Louis.