2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 14

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the St. Louis Rams, at No. 14 overall.

With the 14th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Corey Liuget, defensive tackle, Illinois.

Ryan Van Bibber of TurfShowTimes.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Rams, and checking out Turf Show Times for all of your Rams needs.

Ryan Van Bibber explains: In the year of the defensive end, the St. Louis Rams opt for a defensive tackle. Passing on Aldon Smith pains me greatly. Corey Liuget, however, is not a consolation prize. The Illinois standout fits this spot for value as well as need for the Rams, a win-win.

Steve Spagnuuolo and his defensive coordinator Ken Flajole did a tremendous job with the Rams' defensive line last year. The Rams were among the top teams int he league in both their sack rate and the total number of sacks. Stats deceive. Nobody confused this group for Spagnuolo's front four from his Giants days, and against tougher offensive lines the Rams were never able to sustain an attack on opposing quarterbacks. The biggest hole in the unit was at the three-technique, where the Rams lacked a player capable of holding his owner with bigger guards, much less getting through them. Liuget gives that unit an instant upgrade in both the pass rush and run defense, as well as providing something of an insurance policy if 34-year-old Fred Robbins' career renaissance was just a one-year phenomenon.

Dan Kadar reacts: The top needs for the Rams have become quite obvious. As Van Bibber alludes, they're a three-technique, defensive end and wide receiver. Unfortunately, it's become clear for the Rams that Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones will not be available.

Smith would carry the most value with this choice, by far. The Rams have Chris Long at one end spot, but not much else. Smith would give them the speed rush they haven't had in a long time. Liuget isn't a bad pick, though. While he's become a little overrated, he fills another big need for the Rams. [Corey Liuget Scouting Report]

With that, the Miami Dolphins - and our friends at The Phinsider - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
9 Aldon Smith DE Missouri scouting report
10 Mark Ingram RB Alabama scouting report
11 Cameron Jordan DE California scouting report
13 Justin Houston OLB Georgia scouting report
14 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn story
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC story
10 Washington Redskins Robert Quinn DE North Carolina story
11 Houston Texans Julio Jones WR Alabama story
12 Minnesota Vikings J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin story
13 Detroit Lions Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson story
14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget DT Illinois
15 Miami Dolphins
16 Jacksonville Jaguars
17 New England Patriots
18 San Diego Chargers
19 New York Giants
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21 Kansas City Chiefs
22 Indianapolis Colts
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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