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2012 NFL Mock Draft: USC Trojans OT Matt Kalil To St. Louis Rams

The 2012 NFL Draft is still a ways away, but USC Trojans offensive tackle Matt Kalil has been projected as the top offensive lineman in this year's class for well over a year now.

In the latest mock draft over at Draft Tek, St, Louis Rams analyst Robert Occhipinti suggests that the Rams will select Kalil as the second overall pick in the draft, behind Andrew Luck.

The 2012 NFL Draft will have its share of trades and surprises, perhaps more this year than any other after a 2011 off season filled with uncertainty. This pick could start the fireworks with the Rams reportedly already discussing trade with the Redskins for the chance to draft either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. Right now let's concentrate on the Rams keeping the pick and taking the best player available, Matt Kalil, at the postion of greatest need, protector of Sam Bradford's blind side. Matt Kalil spent two years doing just that for Matt Barkley at USC, allowing just 26 sacks in 25 games for one of the better passing offenses in college football. Kalil has the size and technique to quickly become a Pro Bowl caliber tackle at the next level, something the Rams haven't had since Orlando Pace. Should the Rams keep this pick, Matt Kalil would be the man to change that.

It remains to see where the impressive young tackle will end up, but he figures to be selected in the top three of the draft no matter what happens.

To talk about Kalil with USC football fans, check out Conquest Chronicles. To discuss Kalil and how he'd fit with the Rams, look to Turf Show Times. To discuss the NFL Draft in general, see what's going on at Mocking the Draft.