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2012 MHR Community Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams Select Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC

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With the sixth pick in the 2012 MHR Community Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams select:

Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC

Rams GM: Broncos7Life

GM Explanation: I find it blasphemous that the best LT prospect since Jake Long fell all the way to 6th. I'm sure Sam Bradford doesn't mind, however. In another year, when two of the most dynamic QB prospects in NFL history didn't enter the draft, Kalil would possibly be the consensus 1st overall pick. The Rams are dying for the next Orlando Pace. No matter who your weapons are, you cannot get the ball to them without protection. With two 2nd round picks, the Rams have an opportunity to double up on receivers then, and they have already come into contact with Chris Givens. I was tempted to go with Floyd, Poe, or Brockers, but in the end, the old cliche of getting a franchise QB and then protecting him won out. After all, Kalil is a pretty damn good body guard.

Commissioner's Analysis: I think this would be a best-case scenario selection for the St. Louis Rams. As bad as their wide receivers are, their offensive line is pretty close to as bad, so snatching up a tackle prospect of the caliber of Matt Kalil not only fits a great need, it's a great value pick. Sam Bradford would indeed be ecstatic about this pick, and I think this draft is deep enough at receiver that the Rams could get a really good player at probably a better value than the sixth pick in the second round or beyond. Kalil is a big, athletic offensive tackle who would be a staple at left tackle for years to come.

Draft Recap:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

On the clock...Jacksonville Jaguars (SteveUK)