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2011 MCM Mock Draft - Pick #14

With the 14th pick of the 2011 Music City Miracles Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams (represented by z24lax) select:

Aldon Smith, OLB, University of Missouri

 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

From z24lax:

The toughest break of the draft for St. Louis happened well before this draft is going to happen, and that was Justin Blackmon returning to Oklahoma state because they would’ve loved to add an impact receiver here for their young QB Sam Bradford.  However they don’t need a WR as much as most think with Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton, both of whom clicked very well with Bradford before going down with season ending injuries, should return to full form this season.  There are also likely to be multiple options to upgrade the position in free agency as well if need be.  That being said, if the draft shakes out this way, especially with Gabbert on the board one spot ahead of Miami there is little doubt the Rams will probably be able to move this pick and add picks to fill other positions of need along the way.  After acquiring two franchise tackles, a franchise quarterback, and a great young middle linebacker in the last 2 drafts the Rams list of needs is slowly shrinking but there is still work to do.  The Rams main needs in my opinion are at the OG/C position, cornerback, impact outside linebacker, wide receiver, and interior d line and with both of the top corners and receivers off the board and no major first round interior line prospects, Smith appears to be the best player on the board to fill one of their needs, and is also a local guy who grew up and went to college in the state of Missouri.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if they reached for a cornerback here like Brandon Harris or Jimmy Smith to shore up a pass defense that ranked in the bottom third of the league last season.  The Rams could fill several other needs in FA as well, (if there is FA).  Logan Mankins appears done in New England and a potential reunion with his former OC Josh McDaniels could go a long way in shoring up the rest of the O-line as well as the multiple receiving options hitting the market.  If the Rams continue to draft well they could be another solid draft or two from being in serious contention. 
Other players I considered with the pick were:

C/G Mike Pouncey from Florida

CB Brandon Harris from Miami

DE Cameron Jordan from Cal

DT Marvin Austin from UNC

Now on the clock: RhiNo6705 and the Miami Dolphins

  1. Carolina Panthers - A.J. Green, WR, UGA
  2. Denver Broncos - Patrick Peterson, DB, LSU
  3. Buffalo Bills - Nick Fairley, DT, AU
  4. Cincinnati Bengals - Mark Ingram, RB, UA
  5. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Quinn, OLB/DE, UNC
  6. Cleveland Browns - Marcell Dareus, DT, UA
  7. San Francisco 49ers - Prince Amukamara, CB, UNL
  8. Tennessee Titans - De'Quan Bowers, DE, CU
  9. Dallas Cowboys - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
  10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, WR, UA
  11. Houston Texans - Von Miller, OLB/DE, A&M
  12. Minnesota Vikings - Ryan Mallett, QB, UA
  13. Detroit Lions - Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
  14. St. Louis Rams - Aldon Smith, OLB, Mizzou
  15. Miami Dolphins
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars
  17. New England Patriots
  18. San Diego Chargers
  19. New York Giants
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  21. Kansas City Chiefs
  22. Indianapolis Colts
  23. Philadelphia Eagles
  24. New Orleans Saints
  25. Seattle Seahawks
  26. Baltimore Ravens
  27. Atlanta Falcons
  28. New England Patriots
  29. New York Jets
  30. Chicago Bears
  31. Green Bay Packers
  32. Pittsburgh Steelers