2012 NFL Mock Draft: Trent Richardson Replaces Steven Jackson In St. Louis

With the sixth pick in SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft, the St. Louis Rams select Alabama RB Trent Richardson.

Eight years ago the Rams picked up RB Steven Jackson in the first round of the draft and I'm not even sure they could've predicted how much production they would get out of him. He's carried the ball at least 237 times every season dating back to 2005, his second year in the league.

Richardson is the same type of back, but even more dynamic. This is a perfect fit. SB Nation's, Rams blog, Turf Show Times, explains the pick:

The Rams desperately need skill players on offense. Blackmon is a better fit given the need at receiver, but Richardson is a superior talent. He compares well with Steven Jackson, who has since lost his speed and explosiveness as a result of being leaned on so heavily in the last five years. Richardson can be a feature back or a one-two punch with Steven Jackson. The offense can use the pairing to create mismatches and draw the attention of defenses, which would ideally free up some space on the field for their receivers.

For more analysis of the pick, visit Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's Jaguars blog, Big Cat Country, is now on the clock with the seventh pick.

Trent Richardson 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

For more draft news on the Rams, visit Turf Show Times and SB Nation St. Louis. And click here to follow SB Nation's NFL bloggers mock draft.

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