So far, 2013 NFL Mock Draft mavens have been giving St. Louis Rams fans the worst of all possible worlds as their implicit prediction for the team's 2012 performance. Not only have the Rams been choosing as high as No. 3, in the latest WalterFootball.com mock, the Washington Redskins, who owe the Rams their first-round pick after the Robert Griffin III trade, are generally going no lower than the middle of the pack. The good news: That's a pretty good place to find offensive linemen.
Take a look at last year's NFL Draft results, if you don't believe me; after Matt Kalil went No. 4 to the Minnesota Vikings another offensive lineman didn't go until Riley Reiff, a Top 10 talent in some eyes, went all the way at No. 23. Then David DeCastro, the best guard prospect in years, followed at No. 24, with Kevin Zeitler going at No. 27. Jonathan Martin, who had a mock draft bubble in which he went as high as No. 15 overall, didn't leave the board until the second round.
So no matter what the Redskins do in 2012, so long as they finish under or around .500, the Rams should be in good shape to take a top offensive line prospect in 2013. Which is good, since most 2013 NFL Mock Drafts have the Rams taking a wide receiver—hello Robert Woods—with their own pick.
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- For all the wide receiver/offensive line hype, of course, the Rams do have some less-obvious needs.
- But at this point, 2013 NFL Mock Drafts only exist to confirm your worst fears about your favorite team.
- The Rams could also avoid drafting an offensive lineman if Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith finally develop.