The St. Louis Rams have the second overall pick in this year's NFL draft, so there's understandably a good deal of interest surrounding who they'll take. Considering that the first overall pick in the draft is essentially a lock at this point, the real intrigue doesn't actually begin until St. Louis goes on the clock.
With that said, ESPN's Mel Kiper has put together his first mock draft of the year, and he selects Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the Rams' No. 2 pick.
I think St. Louis could leverage this position to trade down for more picks for 2012 and into the future, and then still target Blackmon perhaps a few spots later. But if the Rams can't find a dance partner for a trade, Blackmon still represents precisely what this offense needs.
Blackmon is considered the top wide receiver in the draft and one of the most impressive offensive weapons available. Listed at 6-foot-1, he doesn't have the prototypical height of elite wide receivers, but he's got a solid build, great route-running skills and a supposedly strong work ethic.
As a sophomore with the Cowboys, Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1782 yards and 20 touchdowns, and he followed that up as a junior in 2011 by catching 121 passes for 1522 yards and 18 touchdowns. Few players in the nation have come close to those numbers.
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