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St. Louis has two first round picks this year. Could they use both on the offensive line, and what players are they projected to target?
The St. Louis Rams opted to trade back in the 2011 draft with the Redskins and ended up acquiring extra first-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts along with some other fun prizes. That could pay dividends for a team desperate to give Sam Bradford more time in the pocket.
The Rams drafted Rodger Saffold in the second round of the 2010 draft and he gives them a solid option at left tackle, but there are still more holes to be filled and they have only drafted one offensive lineman over the last two years. Rob Rang of CBS Sports projects that to change in his latest mock draft, starting with Jake Matthews of Texas A&M at pick 16:
Should Matthews elect to leave A&M a year early, it would be a stunner to see Jeff Fisher not jump at the chance to work with him, considering the memories the coach likely has of Jake's Hall of Fame father, Bruce Matthews back with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Oilers.
Rang doesn't stop there though. He also projects guard Chance Warmack of Alabama at pick 22:
With the Rams having already found their tackle of the future with their own first-round pick, Jeff Fisher and Co. can afford to double-down on the offensive line with the 2013 first-round pick acquired from the Redskins as part of the Robert Griffin III trade last year.
Bradford was sacked 35 times in 2012 and the team averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Slotting two first-round picks on the offensive line for the future could dramatically improve the prospects of the Rams offense for years to come. Are they going to "double-down"?