I like the way the new MTD 2012 NFL Mock Draft sets its cards down: It's eccentric; it knows it's eccentric; and it just wants to entertain you in the wake of all those samey mock drafts you've seen since the St. Louis Rams traded down the first time. That's right, the first time: In Brad Wells's newest mock draft, they've made yet another trade, moving down to 17 and 21 with the Cincinnati Bengals as dance partners. Is it a real rumor? Well, not yet. But it's interesting.
In this scenario the Rams switch out Justin Blackmon for Michael Floyd, who's fallen down draft boards of late and here reaches them at No. 17 overall. At No. 21 the Rams continue to rebuild a defensive line slowed down by age and decimated for salary cap reasons, choosing LSU's Michael Brockers. As for the usual suspects, Matt Kalil falls to No. 7—and if that happens, I don't want the Rams even thinking about trading the No. 6 pick—and Justin Blackmon goes all the way at No. 12, to the Seattle Seahawks.
More—more conventional—NFL Mock Draft coverage and recaps handpicked from SB Nation St. Louis:
- Assuming he goes No. 3 and the Rams go No. 6, like everyone else in the universe, will the Rams regret not drafting Matt Kalil when they had the chance?
- Todd McShay, not so much the iconoclast, still has the Rams selecting Morris Claiborne.
- In even more typical mock drafts, it's hard to see Morris Claiborne getting past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.