The newest mock draft to come out of Revenge of the Birds has the St. Louis Rams selecting top offensive tackle Matt Kalil. The USC Trojan lineman could prove a key asset to the rebuilding Rams team:
2. St. Louis Rams - Matt Kalil, OT, USC ... The Rams have a large assortment of problems to rectify before this team can become a legitimate contender, and a good place to start would be securing their franchise left tackle with this pick. Kalil is easily the best left tackle prospect since 2008, when Jake Long was selected first overall by Miami. Kalil will protect Bradford`s blindside for years to come.
The Rams, who are undergoing a radical management shift, are presently considering cutting OT Jason Smith, their most recent and most significant offensive line prospect. Smith has struggled with concussion-related injuries for the length of his brief career, and his problems have led to more pressure and more injuries for QB Sam Bradford.
Kalil is routinely rated among the best offensive line prospects as well as one of the best players in the draft entirely. Multiple mock drafts have asserted that the Rams are leaning towards Kalil, who turns 23 in July.
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