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St. Louis Rams 2012 Draft Preview

The Rams already made headlines prior to the draft by engineering a blockbuster trade with Washington that netted the struggling franchise two future first-round picks and an extra second-rounder this year in exchange for moving down from its original No. 2 overall slot to No. 6. And there are indications that St. Louis may not be done dealing, as the three selections the team holds in the top 40 and eight overall probably still aren't enough to satisfy its plethora of needs. Chief among them is a game- changing wide receiver that can provide the offense with a vertical threat, which is why former Oklahoma State star Justin Blackmon and talented Notre Dame product Michael Floyd are commonly pegged as potential fits if the Rams stay put. The addition of feisty veteran Cortland Finnegan fills a gaping hole at cornerback, but opposite-side starter Bradley Fletcher's two ACL tears in the last three years make LSU's Morris Claiborne a realistic option at No. 6 as well. The Rams are also reportedly enamored with Alabama running back Trent Richardson, and with Steven Jackson showing signs of decline and no viable backup behind him, that's also a direction they can go early on. Later rounds will likely be used to bring in potential starters at three other positions that require upgrading -- outside linebacker, defensive tackle and left guard.

2011 Record: 2-14

Top Needs: OLB, WR, OL, CB

First Three Picks: No. 6, No. 33, No. 39

Number of Selections: 8 (1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7)

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2011 - Robert Quinn (DE, North Carolina); 2010 - Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma); 2009 - Jason Smith (OT, Baylor); 2008 - Chris Long (DE, Virginia); 2007 - Adam Carriker (DE, Nebraska); 2006 - Tye Hill (CB, Clemson); 2005 - Alex Barron (OT, Florida State); 2004 - Steven Jackson (RB, Oregon State); 2003 - Jimmy Kennedy (DT, Penn State).