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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Projects Rams To Select Morris Claiborne

With a different spot in the draft order following the trade with the Washington Redskins, ESPN's Todd McShay projects the St. Louis Rams to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick in his latest mock draft. The Rams traded down from the No. 2 overall pick after the Redskins aggressively pursued the pick in order to take Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

The Rams desperately need playmakers for young QB Sam Bradford, but there are plenty of wideouts to be had down the line, and Claiborne is one of the four best players in the draft and plays a high-value position.

There's no doubt that the Rams need to surround Bradford with better players on that side of the ball, but it's hard to avoid taking the best player available when there are so many issues across the roster as a whole. Claiborne is considered an elite prospect that could immediately help the Rams' defense.

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