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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
What the Rams might want in a receiver

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

More than a few 2011 NFL mock drafts are sending Alabama receiver Julio Jones to the St. Louis Rams with the 14th overall choice.

The pairing makes sense on multiple levels.

The Rams do need help at wide receiver. They could use a legitimate No. 1 wideout to build around. They need weapons in general as they build around quarterback Sam Bradford. And if Jones were available at No. 14, he might represent strong value as well.

Jones is a huge receiver. Alabama lists him at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. Every team in the league could use a talented receiver with such impressive size.

The Rams in particular could favor bigger receivers now that Josh McDaniels is their offensive coordinator. The chart shows every wide receiver McDaniels' teams have drafted since he cracked the NFL with New England a decade ago. A few observations:
I'll be ramping up draft-related coverage as the week progresses. Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. has been studying the college players closely. We'll turn our attention to the NFC West in our next conversation, coming up soon.