NFL Mock Draft 2013: Rams expected to get weapons for Sam Bradford

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SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Rams making big upgrades at their skill positions, adding Tavon Austin and Eddie Lacy.

The St. Louis Rams enter the 2013 NFL Draft with glaring needs on offense. After losing Danny Amendola and Steven Jackson to free agency, they desperately need to surround Sam Bradford with a better supporting cast. Fortunately, they hold two first round picks this year, and are in a good position to do just that.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn released their latest mock draft on Monday. In it, they have St. Louis taking West Virginia WR Tavon Austin with the 16th overall pick:

The Rams lost Danny Amendola in free agency, making their need for a wide receiver even more glaring. Tavon Austin has aced the pre-draft process and may even be off the board at this point. St. Louis will continue to try and surround Sam Bradford with weapons, and this may be his most dangerous one yet.

And with the 22nd pick, Fairburn chose Alabama RB Eddie Lacy:

The Rams are in a tough spot with their second first-round pick. After addressing wide receiver at No. 16, both of the top safeties and guards are off the board. Instead of reaching for a safety, the Rams grab the best running back on the board to help replace Steven Jackson. The NFL Draft has never seen a first round without a running back.

The Rams are still behind the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West pecking order, but grabbing these two players would be a major coup. This is not a team to sleep on next season.

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