2012 NFL Mock Draft: Rams May Be Targeting CB Morris Claiborne

Who the St. Louis Rams take with their first round pick in the event that they trade the No. 2 overall pick is of less interest nationally than which team the Rams may choose to trade with, but once the Rams do unload the pick, they will, of course, have to pick a player. Conventional wisdom has held that Oklahoma State Cowboys WR Justin Blackmon would be the favorite for that pick, but Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Rams are looking seriously at LSU Tigers cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne is the reigning Thorpe Award winner— given to college football's top defensive back— and he's considered by some to be a better pure cover corner than ex-teammate Patrick Peterson, now with the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams are solid enough at corner, but both projected starters are coming off of serious injury and neither has near the star potential of Claiborne.

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