I'm going to be honest: It's becoming increasingly difficult, in my position as 2012 NFL Mock Draft aggregator, to find anybody suggesting the St. Louis Rams will choose anyone but Justin Blackmon with the sixth overall pick. In my position as Rams fan I'm fine with this development, but as a mock draft reader... well, it's getting a little boring. The mock drafters at FFToolbox have finally come up with a scenario in which the Rams pick somebody else: The Cleveland Browns choose him first.
I'm not sure I buy their suggested replacement—DT Fletcher Cox, who's floated in and out of the top 10 for a while now—but I buy the Browns' interest; they've recently acted as though they're ready to give Colt McCoy another chance as starting quarterback, and if they are it makes sense to give him a weapon.
If the Browns take Blackmon, where could the Rams go? We've covered some suggestions over the last week; click on for...
- Some have suggested the Rams chase Trent Richardson as Steven Jackson's eventual replacement; that makes sense, but only if you're ready to fundamentally overvalue running backs in today's NFL.
- Michael Floyd's name has also come up, but the Rams have yet to show a specific interest in the Notre Dame receiver.
- Above all, the Rams need to make sure they make those picks count, lest their draft-heavy trade go from great to terrible when the drafting starts.