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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Morris Claiborne Falls To St. Louis Rams After Mock-Trade

The St. Louis Rams' defensive backfield was almost relentlessly injured over the course of the 2011 season, so I don't think it should come as a major surprise that the Rams of the Turf Show Times community's 2012 NFL Mock Draft selected Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick in their draft. Claiborne's almost certainly the best player available there—these Mock-Rams, you'll remember, traded their No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins—but some TST fans are worried that there's no better time than right now to select an offensive lineman and ensure that Sam Bradford isn't permanently flattened in 2012.

Bradford's health is a completely justifiable concern, but the Rams are needy enough on all sides that drafting for one particular need seems like a recipe for disaster. If they want an offensive lineman, they need to hold onto the second overall pick and select Matt Kalil, who has a reasonable shot at being the best player available at that pick no matter what position he plays; if they trade down to sixth, they should be happy to get a guy like Claiborne.