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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will The Rams Go Defense In The First Round?

The NFL Draft is just about a week or so away, and the Mocks continue to pour in from all over the Internet. The latest from our Draft site Mocking the Draft has the Rams taking a local kid; Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith. Here is their rationale.

Unfortunately both A.J. Green and Julio Jones are off the board so St. Louis needs to go in a different direction.  Aldon Smith represents someone with the potential to develop into a dominate pass rusher.  However, there is still a lot of questions surrounding what position is the best fit.

No matter what position Smith ends up playing in the NFL, he is a ball of potential. He has all the physical tools needed to be a dominant pass rusher, and could evolve into one of the better players from this class. If the actual draft plays out this way and both of the elite wide receivers are off the board, I think the Rams would do well to take someone with such high potential on the defensive side of the ball.