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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
2013 #bloggermock: Rams at No. 16

By Mike Sando

What's going on: Our eight divisional bloggers are participating in an ongoing mock draft Tuesday. Each blogger can make selections or trade picks for the four teams in his division.

How to access: Blogger mock console, and via #bloggermock on Twitter.

The latest: I used St. Louis' initial first-round pick, No. 16 overall, for Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.

My rationale: The Rams must emerge from this draft with a starting safety, in my view. That led me to force this selection a little bit. I wasn't sure which safety should be rated first in the draft. Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly listed LSU's Eric Reid as his 14th-rated prospect in his draft preview guide, seven spots higher than he ranked Vaccaro. However, I wasn't going to over-think the situation. Scouts Inc. is among those ranking Vaccaro No. 1 among safeties. That was good enough for me to make a selection that addressed a glaring need for the Rams. St. Louis could have had its choice of running backs here, but that didn't seem like the right move for a team planning to go with a committee approach at that position -- particularly in the absence of obvious candidates.

What's next for the NFC West: The Rams are scheduled to pick 22nd, followed by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31.