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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Trent Richardson, St. Louis Rams Make Awkward Team In New Mock

Over at Mocking the Draft they've been bringing SB Nation's NFL team bloggers together for a league-wide 2012 NFL Mock Draft, and when the time came for the St. Louis Rams (Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times) to choose the unthinkable had happened: The Cleveland Browns, as we've long worried about, swooped in and selected Justin Blackmon. With the odds-on favorite off the table, the Mock-Rams selected Trent Richardson, going for Steven Jackson insurance as an alternative form of Sam Bradford enhancement.

I'm on the record as being against this move—I just don't think running backs are valuable enough, or marginally valuable enough—but if the Browns select Blackmon this seems like a likely outcome. Richardson isn't going to change the Rams' fortunes, though, and if you have any doubt about that ask yourself how they've done the last two years with Steven Jackson.

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