The countdown currently reads t-minus one week until NFL personnel fill Radio City Music Hall for what is by far the most exhilarating, action-packed night of the offseason—the NFL draft.
The St. Louis Rams are close to finalizing their game plan, and since they own prime real estate in Round 1—the No. 16 and No. 22 picks—it’s all but guaranteed that this draft will be a doozy for the St. Louis faithful.
Assuming Jeff Fisher and Les Snead stay put and avoid trading their picks (not a safe assumption), there’s several scenarios to look forward to:
They can focus their premier picks on offense in an attempt to finally provide Sam Bradford with an adequate supporting cast, or they can go in the opposite direction by adding defensive pieces to a unit that already possesses top-10 potential, which would transform St. Louis into a full-blown defensive juggernaut.
As a third option, the Rams can go on the clock free of any bias for either side of the ball and simply take their highest-rated player with each pick, which should result in a nice mix of offensive and defensive players. And based on their 2012 draft strategy, this is the route they’re most likely to take.
In this mock draft—my final mock of the season—we’ll have the Rams select players who can realistically be considered the best player available, while also keeping positional needs in mind.
So in the final attempt to satisfy your mock draft demands before the real deal, here’s the last mock of the year.