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If Chance Warmack, and offensive guard out of Alabama, is still available at pick No. 16, the Rams may take him in a heartbeat.
Super Bowl XLVII has come and gone, which means the NFL offseason is here and every team is focused on plucking young talent from the 2013 NFL Draft. The St. Louis Rams have the No. 16 pick, and according to SB Nation NFL writer Matthew Fairburn's latest Mock Draft, Alabama guard Chance Warmack could be the team's top target.
Rams fans would be doing backflips if Chance Warmack is still available at the No. 16 pick. He's one of the best draft prospects to come along in some time and has more than enough ability to warrant selection in the top half of the first round.
Warmack stands 6'3 and weighs in at 320 pounds, solid size for an NFL offensive lineman. He spent four years playing in Nick Saban's system at Alabama, and if past results are any indication, that should be enough reason to believe he'll be NFL ready as a rookie. With the combination of his size, ability and time spent learning from Saban, Warmack could be an immediate boost to the Rams' line.
St. Louis didn't have a terrible offensive line in 2012, but it wasn't great either, and considering how important play in the trenches is in the NFL, an opportunity to improve the O-line isn't often dismissed. The Rams allowed 35 sacks in the regular season, which ranked 14th in the league. Their rushing average of 4.2 yards per carry checked in at No. 16.