2009 Bleacher Report NFL Mock Draft, You Make the Call: St. Louis Rams

Sayre BedingerSenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2009

With the first pick in the 2009 Bleacher Report NFL Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected...Andre Smith; Offensive Tackle, Alabama.  The St. Louis Rams are now on the clock.

It has been very apparent to me that that the St. Louis Rams and their fans had prematurely settled on selecting Andre Smith with the second overall pick, assuming the Lions took a franchise signal caller in that number one slot. 

However, with a staggering 48.4 percent of the vote, Andre Smith was voted the No. 1 overall pick to the Lions, with Matt Stafford the next closest at 26.4 percent.

So now the ball is in the court of the St. Louis Rams, who also picked second in the draft last year. Here are their major needs, in no particular order.

1.  Offensive Tackle

2.  Outside Linebacker

3.  Wide Receiver

4.  Quarterback

5.  Defensive Back

With those needs in mind, there are a ton of players the Rams could look to with this pick. Here are the five prospects St. Louis fans will most likely see wearing blue and gold next season. 

Vote for one and make your voice heard!

1.  Aaron Curry; Outside Linebacker, Wake Forest (pictured)

Simply put, Curry is a beast.  He is the best linebacker in this year's draft, and with the likes of Rey Maualuga, James Laurinaitis, and Brian Cushing out there, that is really saying something.

Curry is very fast, and has the ideal look of a 4-3 linebacker.  St. Louis lacks a pure playmaker at OLB, so Curry would fill a major void on the defense.

2.  Eugene Monroe; Offensive Tackle, Virginia

Like D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Branden Albert before him, Monroe figures to be the next Virginia offensive tackle selected early in the first round. He is such an athletic lineman, with great pass protecting skills, he would very much help to ease the pain of not having future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace on the left side of the line.

3.  Michael Crabtree; Wide Receiver, Texas Tech

Simply put, Crabtree is a beast.  He has all of the skills to be elite at the next level.  His hands are like bear traps, and his ability to run after the catch reminds me a lot of Andre Johnson and Brandon Marshall

If Torry Holt is granted his wish of leaving St. Louis this offseason, a replacement will be needed.

4. Matthew Stafford; Quarterback, Georgia

St. Louis made a mistake not taking Jay Cutler in the draft three years ago, and this is the closest to Cutler the NFL has seen since then. Stafford's ability to fit the ball into tight spaces with his superb arm strength make him attractive to NFL scouts.

5. Jason Smith; Offensive Tackle, Baylor

Smith, a converted tight end, has really risen in the player rankings this year. I have seen him go as high as number two in a mock draft, and it's definitely not out of the question. He has great feet, and is extremely athletic for his size.

There you have it St. Louis fans. You are now on the clock!


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