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2012 NFL Mock Draft: What Will the St. Louis Rams Do with Pick No. 6?

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12:  quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scrambles away from pressure from defensive lineman Fletcher Cox #94 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. Alabama won 24-7. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 23, 2012

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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