At the end of the 2011 NFL season, the St. Louis Rams were sitting pretty with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft after one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory after we saw Sam Bradford take several steps back.
Despite earning the No. 2 overall pick, the Rams didn't really have much need for it considering the players worthy of going No. 2 overall—which is why they shipped off that pick to the Washington Redskins for the No. 6 overall pick as well as a second-rounder this season and the Redskins' first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
With that being said, what will the Rams do at sixth overall? Will they go out and draft Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, which is a common idea, or will they do something else?
Let's take a look at how the Rams play out in my latest mock draft.
No. 6: Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, DL
Fletcher Cox is a disruptive force along the defensive line that would be a perfect fit in Jeff Fisher's defense in 2012 and many years to come.
Cox has elite athleticism for a defensive lineman with elite size, as he stands in at 6'4" and weighs 295 lbs.
Cox rarely gets beat and knocked down and while at Mississippi State, he was always involved in the play somehow—whether he was collapsing the passing pocket or clogging up running lanes.
Overall, Cox is a unique combination of overwhelming strength and power as well as freakish athleticism for someone his size. There's no doubt that he'll be a productive NFL player.
Tony Santorsa's 2012 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne
6. St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill
9. Carolina Panthers: Justin Blackmon
10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro
12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly
13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin
14. Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Coples
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick
18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn
19. Chicago Bears: Nick Perry
20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Peter Konz
22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright
23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Adams
25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe
26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus
27. New England Patriots: Harrison Smith
28. Green Bay Packers: Jerel Worthy
29. Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower
30. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener
31. New England Patriots: Devon Still
32. New York Giants: Zach Brown
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