NFL draft watch: Tackling the Rams many, many needs

NFL draft watch: Tackling the Rams many, many needs
April 25, 2012, 1:45 am
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No doubt when it comes to the Redskins this season, NFL mock drafts are drama-free. For Washingtons 2012 opponents, now thats another story. Therefore, leading up to the first round on April 26, we will look at the needs and the projected selections from the pundit class for those on the Redskins upcoming schedule. Next team under the microscope, the St. Louis Rams, ownersof thesixth pick. See the bottom of the page for a list of teams previously featured.Schedule: Week 2, atEdward Jones Dome,4:05 p.m. Needs: offensive line, wide receiver, defensive tackle, linebacker, running backThe Rams need help just about everywhere, but the good news is they will have options early despite trading out of the number two slot. Seriously, outside of quarterback and defensive end (and running back if they move Steven Jackson), targeting any position in the early rounds make sense. Assuming Trent Richardson is off the board (the Alabama runner will not get past the Browns or Bucs), everything says this pick is about giving Sam Bradford a receiver orselecting a defensive lineman. Note that during Jeff Fisher's tenure with the Titans franchise, the DL's were drafted early and often. More help comes from two early second round picks.Charley Casserly, NFL.com:Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. "Sam Bradford finally gets a No. 1 target."Evan Silva, Pro Football Talk:Morris Claiborne,CB, LSU. "St. Louis spurns receivers in favor of the drafts top defender."Rob Rang, CBSSports: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State. "It certainly would make sense to plug in Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon in with the Rams, but NFL teams are becoming increasingly wary of "helping" young quarterbacks with equally inexperienced receivers. As such, don't be surprised if the Rams follow the strategy that Jeff Fisher had previously employed with the Tennessee Titans of building initially through the lines with the playmaking Cox - who has clearly emerged as the draft's top defensive tackle prospect and would better help the Rams defend against the powerful running games throughout the NFC West division."Notes...Allow me to break the tie between Casserly and Rang by saying the odds are better the Rams land a solid receiver prospect rather than a DT att 33 or 39...Could see them using some of that draft pick bounty from the Redskins to swap picks with the Vikings for Richardson...In the second round, Casserly has Boise State running back Doug Martin and Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes...I have LSU receiver Rueben Randle at 33, Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams at 39...Baltimore Ravens Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons Carolina PanthersTampa Bay BuccaneersMinnesota VikingsBen Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @BenStandig