St. Louis Rams 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

St. Louis Rams' Seven-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

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The St. Louis Rams will be one of the most intriguing teams to watch in the 2014 NFL Draft. With 12 total picks, two of which fall in the top 13, St. Louis must address needs at offensive tackle, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback and safety. If the Rams are able to find a handful of impact players in these areas, they have a chance to significantly improve their record next season.

Here is how St. Louis' draft could break down.

First-Round (2nd overall) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Greg Robinson Auburn
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First-Round (2nd overall) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Greg Robinson Auburn
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The Rams' primary focus next season should be keeping quarterback Sam Bradford healthy. To do so, they will need to improve their offensive line. Greg Robinson is the premiere offensive lineman in the draft. He has drawn comparisons to former All-Pro Orlando Pace due to his prototypical size and athleticism. Robinson has the potential to be a franchise left tackle in St. Louis for the next decade.

First-Round (13th overall) - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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First-Round (13th overall) - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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The Rams finished in the bottom half of the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game. Drafting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would greatly improve St. Louis' secondary. Clinton-Dix is strong in coverage and has above-average hands. He is also solid against the run and does not shy away from contact. Clinton-Dix would pair with T.J. McDonald to give St. Louis a young and talented safety tandem.

Second-Round (44th overall) - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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Second-Round (44th overall) - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Allen Robinson Penn State
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In the second round, St. Louis should look for a receiving weapon to help Sam Bradford. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Allen Robinson is a big-bodied wide receiver who uses his frame and jumping ability to make catches in traffic. Robinson put up great numbers at Penn State, including catching 97 passes for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. Robinson has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.

Third-Round (75th overall) - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska
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Third-Round (75th overall) - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska
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The Rams can continue to strengthen their young secondary by drafting Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the third round. Jean-Baptiste is 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, an ideal size for a cornerback in the NFL. While he lacks elite speed, Jean-Baptiste has the physicality to hold his own against top wide receivers. Adding Clinton-Dix and Jean-Baptiste would infuse youth and skill into the Rams' secondary.

Fourth-Round (110th overall) - Trai Turner, OG, LSU

Trai Turner LSU
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Fourth-Round (110th overall) - Trai Turner, OG, LSU

Trai Turner LSU
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The Rams are in need of a starting guard to play opposite Rodger Saffold on the offensive line. Trai Turner is a player St. Louis could bring in to compete with Brandon Washington for that spot. Turner is a strong run-blocker who has experience playing against quality competition in the SEC. He could improve his overall technique, but he is too talented for the Rams to pass on in the fourth round.

Fifth-Round (153rd overall) - Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

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Fifth-Round (153rd overall) - Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

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The Rams would be wise to bring in a quarterback prospect who could eventually take over for Sam Bradford if he is unable to stay healthy. Tajh Boyd posted phenomenal statistics last season, throwing for 3,851 yards and 34 touchdowns while rushing for an additional 10 touchdowns. Boyd would make for a very good backup, while also having the potential to become a starter down the road.

Sixth-Round (188th overall) - Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida

Ronald Powell Florida
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Sixth-Round (188th overall) - Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida

Ronald Powell Florida
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The Rams have two very good linebackers in James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree. Still, they could stand to add more depth to their linebacking unit through the draft. Ronald Powell played as both a stand-up linebacker and defensive end at Florida. His athleticism enables him to hold his own in coverage against backs and tight ends. Powell is a natural talent who would have the chance to refine his skills under head coach Jeff Fisher.

Sixth-Round (214th overall) - Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

Antone Exum Virginia Tech
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Sixth-Round (214th overall) - Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

Antone Exum Virginia Tech
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Antone Exum had a fantastic junior season at Virginia Tech, recording 89 tackles and 10 pass breakups. Exum missed most of his senior season due to a torn ACL, causing him to fall down draft boards. Despite his injury concerns, Exum is a talented corner who has the potential to be a contributor to the Rams' secondary. Moreover, he is a very good special teams player.

Seventh-Round (226th overall) - Bennie Fowler, WR, Michigan State

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Seventh-Round (226th overall) - Bennie Fowler, WR, Michigan State

Bennie Fowler Michigan State
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Bennie Fowler is a tall, athletic receiver who showed flashes of his potential during his final year at Michigan State. Fowler needs to improve his route running and consistency, but he is worth taking a shot on in the seventh round. Fowler's chances of making the roster are helped by his experience as a special teams player.

Seventh-Round (241st overall) - Jonathan Newsome, OLB, Ball State

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Seventh-Round (241st overall) - Jonathan Newsome, OLB, Ball State

Jonathan Newsome Ball State
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As a senior, Jonathan Newsome was named First-Team All-MAC. Newsome is a good edge-rusher who recorded eight sacks in his final year at Ball State. He could contribute as a rotational defensive end for St. Louis.

Seventh-Round (249th overall) - Lawrence Virgil, DT, Valdosta State

Lawrence Virgil Valdosta State
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Seventh-Round (249th overall) - Lawrence Virgil, DT, Valdosta State

Lawrence Virgil Valdosta State
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Lawrence Virgil projects as a three-technique best suited for a 4-3 defensive scheme. He needs to get stronger, but he has good athleticism that could translate at the next level.

Seventh-Round (250th overall) -Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford

Ben Gardner Stanford
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Seventh-Round (250th overall) -Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford

Ben Gardner Stanford
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The Rams need not look outside of their own division to see the importance of having a deep defensive line. St. Louis will hope that at least one of their final three picks can contribute as a rotational defensive lineman in 2014. Ben Gardner is a great athlete who was an important member of Stanford's defense. If he can improve his technique, he has the potential to make an NFL roster.


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