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2012 NFL Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams May Target CB Morris Claiborne

With the 2012 NFL Draft looming, the St. Louis Rams (2-11) and the Minnesota Vikings (2-11) sit locked in a tight "race" for the No. 2 overall pick. Forecasters who expect the Rams to fall to the second pick expect the Rams to take either OT Matt Kalil or WR Justin Blackmon.

But what if the Vikings get the No. 2 pick? Well, if the Rams do pick third in the 2012 NFL Draft, the analysts at Drafttek believe the Rams will go for LSU Tigers CB Morris Claiborne. According Robert Occhipinti of Drafttek, Claiborne might be the Rams' alternative to Matt Kalil:

Morris Claiborne is again the pick here at #3 for the Rams. I believe that if [Matt] Kalil is not available that the Rams will make this pick or trade down with Matt Barkley as the bait with hopes of landing Morris Claiborne or Dre Kirkpatrick plus adding picks later in this draft or 2013.

Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft says Claiborne is the top cornerback in the 2012 NFL Draft, which could make him a powerful asset to an otherwise mediocre secondary.

For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Times, SB Nation's St. Louis Rams blog. For more details on the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, be sure to drop by Mocking the Draft.