2011 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams' 7-Round Mock Draft
The Rams finished last season 7-9 and exceeded many expectations, especially with a rookie quarterback.
Sam Bradford had an exceptional rookie season, and the future looks bright for him and the Rams.
The Rams on offense lack a No. 1 caliber receiver for Bradford. The receiving corps took a huge hit with Mark Clayton's season-ending injury, but the Rams would be wise to give Bradford some targets.
On defense, the Rams need help in the secondary, especially after the release of O.J. Atogwe.
Here's a seven-round mock of the Rams' draft:
Round 1, Pick 14: WR Julio Jones
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Though many think Jones will go higher than this, there are only two legitimate teams that could take Jones ahead of the Rams: the Browns and the Redskins. Both teams have multiple needs on defense though, and could look to spending a pick on wide receiver in the second round.
The Rams desperately need to find Sam Bradford a playmaker and Jones fits the bill.
Though he is inconsistent with his hands, he had an incredible junior season with the Crimson Tide.
Jones could develop into an elite WR at the NFL level.
Round 2, Pick 47: S Quinton Carter
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Carter is one of the best safeties in this draft.
With the recent release of O.J. Atogwe, the Rams must find a ball-hawking safety in the secondary.
The 6'1'', 212-pound Carter had a great senior season, recording 96 tackles and four interceptions.
Carter could quickly become a leader on the Rams defense.
Round 3, Pick 78: G Marcus Cannon
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At 350 pounds, Marcus Cannon is the biggest offensive lineman in this draft.
For a man with immense size though, Cannon has quick feet, but would be suited at playing the interior of the offensive line.
Right guard is a huge hole on the Rams offensive line, especially with the play of Adam Goldberg.
Cannon could come in and start and could be one of the best guards in football in a couple of years.
Round 4, Pick 111: DE Sam Acho
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James Hall had a phenomenal year with 10.5 sacks, but he will be 34 next season, and a possible replacement will be needed.
Sam Acho, the 6'3'', 262-pound defensive end out of Texas, had his best season with eight sacks and two forced fumbles.
His stock seems to be falling, but he would be a steal in the fourth round for the Rams.
Round 5, Pick 142: LB J.T. Thomas
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The Rams have another hole at weakside linebacker.
Thomas is 6'3'', 230 pounds and has great speed and range.
Though his tackling needs to improve, Thomas was solid in zone coverage schemes in West Virginia.
He could compete for the weakside linebacker spot and could also be a special teams ace.
Round 6, Pick 175: DT David Carter
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In his first year starting, the 6'5'', 305-pound defensive tackle recorded 41 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble while missing two games on the season.
Carter would provide depth for the Rams next to Fred Robbins.
Round 7, Pick 205: RB Baron Batch
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At 5'10'', 210 pounds, Batch should still run in the 4.4's at his Pro Day.
Batch has been the running back in the pass-happy offense at Texas Tech, limiting his opportunity to showcase his skills.
Batch ran for over 2,500 yards in his career at Texas Tech, and caught 140 passes.
The Rams desperately need a dependable backup to superstar Steven Jackson.