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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Rams Figure To Trade Pick Or Take OT Matt Kalil

Now that the St. Louis Rams are locked in at pick number two in the 2012 NFL Draft, the debate— both internally and externally— will begin regarding whether or not the Rams should keep the pick or trade it. Compelling arguments can be made for both sides: on the one hand, the Rams desperately need an infusion of talent, but on the other, they may be able to drum up an intense and profitable bidding war for a number of teams that presumably want Baylor Bears QB Robert Griffin.

Time will tell, but for now, if the Rams pick, expect them to take USC OT Matt Kalil. That's according to SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber's most recent mock draft. Here's Van Bibber explaining his rationale:

2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Steve Spagnuolo and Billy Devaney are gone. Those two drafted Jason Smith with the second overall pick in 2009, but Smith has been a bust, with many questioning whether or not he has the passion required for an offensive lineman in the NFL. Kalil has passion and the skills to match. This pick could be an attractive trading chip to quarterback needy teams like Cleveland, Miami and Washington. The Rams could certainly use additional draft picks to plug big holes in their roster.

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.