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Rams bag monster run stuffer in Brockers

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By Dan Arkush

We’ll never know if the Rams would have sat tight and quickly snatched up Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon with the sixth overall pick in the draft had the Jaguars not moved up to the fifth spot to steal Blackmon away.

With Blackmon, who would have provided a badly needed downfield threat for Sam Bradford, no longer available, the Rams made a move that made a lot of sense.

With a choice between staying put and selecting LSU’s Morris Claiborne, who was widely considered the top cornerback available in the draft, and trading down for more precious picks that they could use to fill any number of glaring needs, they chose the latter route, striking a deal with the Cowboys.

In addition to receiving the Cowboys’ first pick at the No. 14overall spot in exchange for the sixth overall pick, the Rams picked up the Cowboys' second-round pick (No. 45 overall).

With the No. 1 pick from Dallas, they settled on Texas-sized man-child Michael Brockers from LSU, who immediately shapes up as a starting defensive tackle alongside free-agent addition Kendall Langford.

Brockers is extremely raw. But he is considered a monster against the run, and the Rams need run stoppers badly after giving up yardage on the ground in huge chunks on a regular basis last season.

Mark down one new starter for a team that needs to come up with as many as five in this draft to usher in the Jeff Fisher era.

And get ready for a Friday that will make heads spin in Rams Nation, with the team set to make three second-round picks, including the first one tomorrow evening. Pending further possible moves, they are assured of selecting four of the first 45 players in this year’s draft.

That's a lot of valuable manpower.

Something tells me they’d love to start off the second day of the draft with a speedy pass catcher. But a starting-caliber outside linebacker or offensive guard would work almost as well.

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