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The Cowboys made the most of the Rams' willingness to back out.
Sitting at No. 6, the St. Louis Rams had plenty of options before the first day of the draft began.
They could get Justin Blackmon, who would fill a huge need at wide receiver. They could get Morris Claiborne, a shutdown corner in a league chock-full of teams throwing the ball all over the yard. They might've even gotten Matt Kalil to solidify their young and underachieving offensive line.
Instead, a number of things went wrong.
When the Cleveland Browns traded up to No. 3 to get Trent Richardson, the Minnesota Vikings were satisfied with the trade return. They were comfortable picking their man at No. 4, Matt Kalil.
Instead of the Rams making a move on No. 5 to secure Blackmon, they watched the Jacksonville Jaguars jump them from No. 7 and steal the draft's top wideout.
But lo, available to them were still options. For a team so desperate for impact players, Claiborne would've made perfect sense. They brought in Cortland Finnegan through free agency, and Claiborne would've given them a fierce corner tandem.
Curiously, the Rams traded back all the way to No. 14, giving the Dallas Cowboys No. 6, and Claiborne.
That trade, and a later one using picks acquired from it, resulted in the Rams acquiring Michael Brockers, Isaiah Pead and Rokevious Watkins.
While Brockers could be a good player, experts projected him to be available until around the 20th selection.
To make matters worse, they also missed out on the second-best wide receiver prospect, Michael Floyd, again by a single pick. He went to Arizona at No. 13.
All in all, the Rams had big needs and weren't aggressive about filling them.