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2012 NFL Mock Draft: ESPN's Todd McShay Projects Matt Kalil To St. Louis Rams

The 2012 NFL Draft won't be the lead story in the league at least until Monday -- there's this thing called the Super Bowl on Sunday, I guess -- but mock drafts are still out there to spark discussion and set the landscape before the combine takes place. Todd McShay of ESPN has released his updated mock draft, and has the St. Louis Rams selecting USC Trojans offensive tackle Matt Kalil over Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiever Justin Blackmon. According to McShay, the Rams need to prioritize the protection of QB Sam Bradford, and Kalil's "size, athleticism and nasty disposition" make him a candidate to "take over at left tackle from the first day of training camp."

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As an interesting sub-plot, McShay has Justin Blackmon falling to No. 6 overall with the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III heading to the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 overall.

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