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St. Louis Rams 2013 first-round mock draft

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How NFL.com analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft:


Matt "Money" Smith

No. 16: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

I know some of my colleagues see Austin going much higher, but I can't get over the size concerns that will ultimately make front offices a bit hesitant. Big get for the Rams.

No. 22: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

Reid shined at his pro day, impressed at the combine and starred in the SEC. Looks like a resume that fits the bill for a team in need of a safety with an extra pick in the first round.
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Charles Davis

No. 16: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

The real question is whether or not this dart actually lasts until this pick (see: the Bills and Jets as possibilities in the top 10). Yes, Sam Bradford, your front office is trying to help you.

No. 22: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

A rangy, athletic, strong-tackling safety who underachieved a bit in 2012. Count on Jeff Fisher and Co. to get the best out of a very talented player.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 16: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

The Rams added two cornerbacks in last year's draft; with Vaccaro aboard, they would have the makings of an outstanding young secondary.

No. 22: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Patterson has freaky athletic ability, but his limited experience (only one season at Tennessee) has some teams concerned. He is a true "boom-or-bust" prospect.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 16: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

The loss of receiver Danny Amendola via free agency robbed quarterback Sam Bradford of his top target between the hashes. Austin is a terror with the ball in his hands; his ability to put the ball in the paint will quickly make him the No. 1 option in St. Louis.

No. 22: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Based on his impressive résumé tape in 2012, the Rams could view Lacy as a potential workhorse. The Alabama standout will answer questions about his speed and quickness at his pro day on April 11.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 16: Keenan Allen, WR, California

After losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, the Rams have a perfect opportunity to draft Allen, who can play multiple receiver positions.

No. 22: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

Sam Bradford's evolution has been stagnated by the unsatisfactory play of the offensive line. Cooper is an athletic guard who can dominate.
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Gil Brandt

No. 16: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Austin is one of the most exciting players in the draft. He has unbelievable quickness and will pose a real matchup problem in the NFL with his ability to line up at receiver or in the backfield. At his pro day, Austin was catching and returning kicks, as well. With his speed, I imagine he'll be pretty good at that facet of the game.

No. 22: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

With veteran running back Steven Jackson moving on, the Rams need a ball carrier on the bigger side, and Lacy (231 pounds) would fit the bill. There is a question about his speed, though nobody seemed to catch him in college. He improved greatly during this past season.
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Charley Casserly

No. 16: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

A much-needed weapon out wide for quarterback Sam Bradford.

No. 22: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

Vaccaro could pile up a number of interceptions with the Rams' pass rush.
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Josh Norris

No. 16: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

If Danny Amendola takes his talents elsewhere, Austin would be an outstanding addition to the Rams' offense. Offensive line is still a need, though.

No. 22: Matt Elam, FS, Florida

I do not think as highly of Elam as others do, though his pre-draft process has generated nothing but positive buzz thus far. He certainly puts together one heck of a highlight tape.
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MOCK DRAFT CENTRAL

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks

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